Apple plugin for windows AVI files?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by vexorg, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. vexorg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    Does apple/quicktime have no standard plugin windows AVI files?

    It's a bit of a pain when someone emails and AVI files, quicktime jumps into convert it for me and a few minutes said it cannot do this type of file. Then I need to go off to find a windows machine.
  2. rctlr macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2012
    You can use perian (a plugin which allows this, but is a little flaky IMO), or download VLC (which supports a lot of different formats, including AVI)
  3. Riwam, Apr 12, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2016

    Riwam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2014
    Basel, Switzerland
    Not every mac will bring the desired results with avi files.
    My MacBook 4.1 upgraded to Yosemite using the MCPF 1.0.1 tool, cannot use VLC for that and even Perian does not work with avi videos.
    Vuze, a P2P program to download torrents, includes a HD player and in my mac it plays avis with image and sound.
    True, my Yosemite is a hacked one.
    Possibly in "normal" (aka "supported") OSX systems VLC may work with avis as well.
    PS. An alternative to have to look for a Windows computer is one of the many applications which convert videos to different formats. One must just be patient since the conversion time may be long if the mac has not a powerful CPU. But it works and avoids the need of Windows machines.
  4. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    I'll look for a mac version of ffmpeg, I use that in windows for converting movie files for the iPad. It's a macbook pro with i7 and 16Gb of ram, so shouldn't be too slow with converting.
  5. rctlr macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2012
    Then HandBrake might be in order to convert AVI to MP4
  6. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    The FFmpeg CLI program can be installed with Homebrew or MacPorts. GUI applications like Handbrake and Adapter are based on FFmpeg.

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