Converting .avi to something playable

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  1. BlondeMoment macrumors newbie

    BlondeMoment

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    in/ on Quicktime.

    I hope this is the right place to ask. We have surveillance cameras (critter cams, actually) that record
    in .avi format. The original application recommended by the camera manufacturer (Foscam) was VLC, but it went haywire this week, so I called Apple Support to see if there was an app that would
    play it. I ended up with Elmedia.
    I was initially all happy because now I had actual video, but on hour 2, it apparently got stuck on one
    particular file and keeps playing that one over and over.

    Can anyone suggest an app that will play .avi files? I don't mind paying for it if it will just work and
    be reliable.
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    What about just adding .avi support to QuickTime?

    https://perian.org
     
  3. BlondeMoment thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, casperes. It's worth a try. I'll report back.
     
  4. mpainesyd, Feb 24, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2018

    mpainesyd macrumors 6502a

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    Handbrake should allow you to convert to MP4 format, which is universally playable. However some early AVI formats (there are many implementations of AVI) were not compatible with Apple devices and cannot be converted except, sometimes, if running Windows (eg Parallels running on a Mac).
    See these (ancient) tips: http://users.tpg.com.au/users/aoaug/mac_video.html#qt
     

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