palying video on imac g5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mikey1, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. mikey1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2007
    Hope I'm posting to the right place. Why is it that certain video types (avi mpeg, mpg, etc) sometimes play on my imac and sometimes don't? Doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason. For example, a file with the extension .avi will play, but a file with the extension .AVI, won't.
    Also, I have downloaded the latest version of the windows media player, but when I try to open it, the icon in the dock just bounces and the player will not open. I have downloaded flip4mac and that works, but why won't the windows media player work?
    Very confusing.
    Thanks for any help.
  2. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Windows Media player is ancient and hasn't been updated for years.

    Not every avi file is the same. There are hundreds of codecs for video and if your video player doesn't have one of them (whether you're on Windows or OS X), the video won't play until you find the codec.

    In the meantime, try DivX Player or Quicktime for playing videos.

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