AVI video on my MBA... Problem ?!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Terwal, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Terwal macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    Tried to play a .avi video on my MBA last night (having installed divx and xvid codecs).

    Can see the picture and hear the sound, but the picture freezes regularly and I get the pixel-deformed-picture on a regular basis ???? :confused:

    Do I need to download something else to make it work ?

    Is it just because the MBA is not "powerful" enough to handle such videos ?

    Am I missing something (always a strong possibility) ? ;)

    Thanks...

    W.
     
  2. dahcheet macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure all Macs aren't equipped to play AVI videos. I downloaded Perian to get the QuickTime codecs for most video files.
     
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  4. Terwal thread starter macrumors regular

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    Guys... thanks for your inputs... exactly what I was looking for.

    One more question: since I have already downloaded xvid and divx, is it a propblem if I download perian and flip4mac on top of those (or should I first remove them) ?

    Thanks...

    W.
     
  5. Terwal thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. dahcheet macrumors regular

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    I don't think it will cause a problem but to be safe I would uninstall them.
     
  7. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but what can play .wmv files? Also, I have some dvd's burned on to the hard drive. What program can play these files?
     
  8. Terwal thread starter macrumors regular

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    The more the merrier... :)
     
  9. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hi!

    With Flip4Mac installed (as described here) you can use QuickTime Player to play .wmv files. Flip4Mac is a QuickTime component, so it "enables" QuickTime Player to play it. This makes .wmv files also play in Front Row.

    As for your second question: by "DVDs burned on to the hard drive" you probably mean you have disk images or the DVD files on your hard drive. You can use the great (and free) VLC player to play these files. Get VLC here.

    Hope this was helpful.

    /Rupert
     
  10. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    Yep, thanks. I'll give it a shot tonight hopefully. :)
     
  11. twynne macrumors 6502a

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    Flip4mac does WMV.
     
  12. Terwal thread starter macrumors regular

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    Have installed Perian... works very well. Thanks for the advice...
     
  13. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    Yep, flip4mac works on the wmv files. Now I have some "movies" *cough*Pixar*cough* on my drive that I can't figure out how to play. I downloaded vlc but that won't work. The file types in the "video_ts" folder are the standard ".ifo" and ".vob" file extensions. I can play them on my Vista laptop using Windows media player, but what works on OS X?
     
  14. jnc macrumors 68020

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    Never mind divx and quicktime...


    VLC does EVERYTHING

    .mpg, .wmv, .mov, .avi, even .flv!!! And loads more. An essential download
     
  15. ahaxton macrumors 6502a

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    I highly recommend VLC Media Player

    videolan.org


    Best player available for all your different file types!
     
  16. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Play a VIDEO_TS in VLC

    Hi!

    In VLC, from the menu File, choose Open Disc…. Select VIDEO_TS directory in the window, that opened up and browse for the VIDEO_TS folder you want to play.
    Make sure you have the option Use DVD menus checked.

    Finally click OK to open the DVD. Now it will play as a regular DVD.

    /Rupert

    PS: If you like a movie, buy or rent it.
     
  17. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the help. Ain't never used vlc before. I had to choose "open file" instead of "open dvd" but it works.


    And yes, I buy them. I just have it "stored" on a different format for now. :D
     
  18. kyleen66 macrumors regular

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    I'm another big supporter of VLC. Everything I've ever thrown at it, it plays.
     
  19. Terwal thread starter macrumors regular

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    I take that back :eek:

    I know have Perian + flip4mac + xvid + divx installed, and still get a quite jumpy / pixelized picture when I play my avi files...

    Anything else I should do to fix the issue ?

    Thanks for your insight...
     
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  21. TEG macrumors 604

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    VLC does do everything, but it does FLV poorly (you must watch without fastforwarding.

    AVI is nothing more than a container for the video. More often than not, videos that pixelate while watching are WMV. Try changing the extension then run through flip4mac. Make sure you have adequate memory and speed for these videos, and WMVs are memory hogs.

    TEG
     
  22. Terwal thread starter macrumors regular

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    To be clear: I should change the .avi extension to .wmv ?

    Thanks...
     
  23. TEG macrumors 604

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    I would try it. If it doesn't work , you can always change it back.

    TEG
     
  24. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    DVD Player.app will also play VIDEO_TS folders
     

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