Can't play AVI

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  1. RaceJunkie macrumors regular

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    I just found out that I can't play a AVI video on my iMac, is this a windows only file, that Mac does not support?
     
  2. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    While there are plug-ins that make some AVI's playable in QT, I much prefer VLC. You can get it at http://www.versiontracker.com.
    Also look for flip4mac to play wmv files in QT directly.
     
  3. johny5 macrumors 6502a

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    Have you checked the file properties to see what the file has been encoded using?
    Also more importantly do you have perian installed?

    http://perian.org/
     
  4. RaceJunkie thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am reading about this app now. Is it the best choice?
     
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  6. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    I would recommend right clicking that and downloading it, then watching it with VLC player. If that doesn't work, then go to divx.com and download the Quicktime plugin for avi files.
     
  7. Frisco macrumors 68020

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  8. RaceJunkie thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK so maybe it's not me..LOL Thanks
     
  9. sowillo14 macrumors regular

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  10. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    Though I can't open it with quicktime (and I have the avi plugin) I can open it in VLC...and it doesn't quite play right.
     
  11. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a

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    Quick Look

    A surprising thing is that .avi files can and will be opened with "quick look" but not quicktime. How wild. I recently discovered this. Not sure if ya'll known this all along tho. x Tommy
     
  12. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    This avi file has some serious issues. I can't get it to play with Windows XP. It's most likely just a corrupted file.
     
  13. godfatherrr macrumors newbie

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    im on a Windose XP machine right now, and i can open it with VLC. It is a little weird seeing as i play it one time and it opens up in 5 different windows....but its definatly not corrupt.
     
  14. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like corruption to me :confused:
     
  15. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    Perian is awesome. Definitely recommended.

    Perian is a set of codecs for Quicktime to allow playback of avi's (and other formats) that utilize the more common codecs e.g. xvid, divx, etc
     
  16. johny5 macrumors 6502a

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    Defo one of the first apps you should install on a new mac is Perian.

    I try to use Quicktime to play ALL my video content and then only use VLC to play full HD 1980 content as VLC can spit out 5.1 audio.
     
  17. byakuya macrumors 6502a

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    maybe you wanna try installing the klite codec pack...with that pack installed you can basically play any file you want.

    as for the mac...up until now I haven't come across a file which I couldn't play with vlc, perian or flip4mac.
     

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