I can't open WMV's or AVI's on my Mac

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  1. sportsfan1234 macrumors member

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    I can't open WMV's or AVI's on my Mac. I have VLC, Flip4Mac, DivX Players and MPlayer OSX 2 all downloaded and usually I don't have a problem. However, I keep getting a message now when I try to open a WMV or AVI that "The movie is not in a format that Quicktime player understands- you may need to install additional software to open this type of file." not matter which player I try to open it with. My software for my MPB is all current and up to date. What is the problem? Can anyone please help me ???
     
  2. bobcan macrumors 6502a

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    If it truly IS a WMV or AVI file you should be able to Ctrl-Click on it and select Opening Preferences.. I use VLC since it is almost always faster and more friendly for me.. You can 'ALWAYS Open With' once you've done this.. I hope..
     
  3. ColeMan14 macrumors newbie

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    I had that problem too.

    Google "perian". It contain codecs for pretty much anything in QuickTime.
     
  4. ale500 macrumors regular

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    You can also try MPlayer Extended, between VLC and MPlayer you should be covered, no need for divx player :)
     
  5. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    Open it in VLC, not QT. If you open it in VLC, and it won't open, it's probably not a video file.
     
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    this, just having VLC installed doesnt make QUciktime work any different, VLC is its own video player
     
  7. Takashi macrumors regular

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    You might need to get a PC to open that file. Flip4Mac worked well for me but sometimes I get the same error message as well.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    If you can't play .wmv and .avi files via VLC Player, use VideoSpec (I prefer that, though it hasn't been updated since 11/2009), MediaInfo Mac (10/2010) or MediaInfo (4/2011, there is a Mac OS X version to download, VideoSpec and MediaInfo Mac are using the same library as MediaInfo) to analyse the files and report back.

     
  9. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    No joke. That's what I was saying. "Open it in VLC, not QT". I have up on codecs years ago, and now I just use VLC for everything that doesn't work natively in QT. It's so much easier. One piece of software to deal with instead of many.
     
  10. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    yup, the OP is a tad confusing, his error has the word Qucktime in it so that would only mean he tried to open it in quick time, but the also says hes tried every media player, unless he thinks if he downloads a movie the file will automatically open the media player that works just by clicking the file
     
  11. salacious macrumors 6502a

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    ur are 100% correct he has just clicked and assumed god would send jesus into his laptop, and he himself would grace his intelligence and ctrl click to select player preferences..... i mean i know they say you cant teach an old dog new tricks but honestly its just getting more and more insane the worlds either getting dumber, or im just getting too use to being basically knowledgable..
     
  12. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, good point. He does contradict himself.
     
  13. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    Early in my Mac days I had issues with downloaded video files.

    I installed VLC and a few others, but after a while I got tired trying to keep track of it all.

    Now I just use HANDBRAKE to convert all video files to OSX compatible formats. So far it has worked fine for me with one odd glitch, but even that is overcome with a minor edit.
     

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