.avi Quicktime question and help!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by dave1234, Mar 29, 2003.

  1. dave1234 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2003
    I burned a copy of a VCD my friend had made(original was made on a windows machine) containing .avi files. When i go into quicktime I do this....

    File-- open movie in new player-open the .avi file

    Then I get a message that saiz i will have trouble running the .avi file because it doesnt have the right compressor, or another message that tells me Quicktime wasnt able to download software to display this movie file. What can i do to fix this? is there any player that is exclusive to .avi files? Any information would be helpful.
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Don't even bother trying to play avi files in QT, get Video LAN Client . It will play ANYTHING :)
  3. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    video lan client is amazing. i had all these files that i had got on my pc and i was so affraid i wasn't going to be able to watch them and then you guys here at macrumors helped me out with vlc and it does play EVERYTHING

    i've found a few problems with it like sometimes the audio is bad and sometimes it freezes the audio and the audio goes fast and everyone sounds like chipmonks and it eventually catches up and is fine. but whatever it plays and it plays pretty well.
  4. stromie952 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    Make sure to try MPlayer as well. I have found it is better for playing many kinds of files than vlc. I use it for playing Divx movies since it is a pain to do it in quicktime.

    Quicktime, in general, is only good at playing some things and can't do .avi. And in many cases, it can't even play .mpg's correctly. So, I would recommend MPlayer and vlc for your video playing needs.
  5. alset macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2002
    East Bay, CA
    MPlayer all the way. VLC is nice, but MPlayer has better FFW/RWD controls (with the exception of a missing slider). I know it was already mentioned, but I gotta back it up as a solid player.

  6. DarkNovaMatter macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2001
    Get both VLC and MPlayer, I was very happy with VLC before but after trying a .wmv file in MPlayer.... DAMN! MPlayer is more for the strange odd codecs (.wmv, 3viX, etc.) but VLC does great on all versions of DiVX (I'm not trying to downgrade VLC- just that I was impressed at MPlayers abilities with WMV's). The only thing I would complain about for MPlayer is that it doesn't have a slide bar, but VLC does- go with either or both you can't go wrong!
  7. mrjamin macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    does VLC do digital zoom? i've been searching high + low for one that does!

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