How do i view .avi files ??? Please help

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  1. sportsfan1234 macrumors member

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    I am fairly new to mac. I have some files on my computer downloaded. some are wmv, some are avi. for some reason, a most of the files on my computer work and open perfectly, however certain ones give me an error message that reads:

    "Cannot be opened. You may need to install additional software to view this type of file"

    I have a few programs already downloaded that are supposed to convert these files. (Stuffit, RAR expander, Springy(doesn't work), Flip4Mac). I even checked to see if my software needed updating but my MBP says all software is up to date. How can i fix this problem so i can view the files??? I also have a file that is .f4v HD that won't open for some reason either....please help
     
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  3. Wattser93 macrumors regular

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    Use VLC, it plays a ridiculous amount of video file types including .avi.
     
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  6. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it does but AVI is a container, not a codec. Quicktime is able to read the data inside the AVI but is unable to decode it since (at least, out of the box) it lacks support for many common codecs.
     
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    I have Perian installed and still find I need VLC to play some files.
    Perian IS worth having but VLC is an essential Mac app imo.
     
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    Love VLC. Ive had it on all my PCs and when i got my mac and tried to play an avi file i immediatly knew what to download!
     
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  11. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    Sure. VLC however doesn't allow for creating thumbnails of all the filetypes it supports, so there is no way to stick with either one. OP should go for both.
     

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