playing xvids

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SooTyLaD, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. SooTyLaD macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2007
    hi guys,

    i'm new to mac but one thing has really suprised me when moving over, my avi files in xvid format for example dont play... now correct me if i'm wrong but the mac is widely considered to be a heavily media oriented computer and as a result you'd kindof expect it to play the most popular video format :confused:

    anyway, so i went looking for an xvid plugin for qt... one hasn't been made yet?

    so what needs to be installed to play xvids as simply as possible and let them work through front row?

    dont really want to be installing different players etc to just occomodate different formats, just want it all to "work" - that is apple's slogan after all :)

    EDIT: oh yeah, i did read that if you install the divx plugin, that xvids wold be supported... but my quicktime only managed the first 8 seconds of a movie so thats obviously not the way to do it... it installed some really dodgy looking divx player too... but that didn't work either... grrrrrrrrr!
  2. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    The Netherlands - Utrecht
    one word: perian

    google it
    install it
    love it

    <just install perian, and all your xvid, divx media will play, wmf is an other story, you'll need flip4mac for that>

    if you install these two, quicktime player will play almost all media. even in frontrow.

    hope that helps, if not, ask a question!

  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    You can get divx from which allows the "web player" to work. For all other codecs (XVid DivX etc) just in Quicktime you need Perian.

    For WMV's you need Flip4Mac.

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