The Divx codec for Quicktime should handle the majority of avi files. Downloadable here. Note that the "free trial" includes the playback codec (which is what you want). It's bundled with the trial version of Divx converter and trial "pro" options for encoding Divx movies in Quicktime. The regular playback codec is unaffected by all of that and is free to use forever. Divx decided to bundle it with the pay-for features of Divx in order to confuse the world at large, for lack of a better reason. Nice job, Divx.adamb100 said:Is there a free avi codec for Quicktime? If not, is there a converter to mpg from avi?
I just realized you have an Intel Mac, which changes the picture. You'll need a universal binary codec, and in the case of Divx, it hasn't been officially released. However, there is a Divx beta that is universal you can try.rspeaker said:Don't know if it's my fault or theirs... I already downloaded the DivX6 package and installed it, and there's no video from within Quicktime. My whole thing is, I'm trying to get avi files to play within Front Row (and was told if I had the proper codec, it'd probably work.) However, the avi files aren't working with QT. Perhaps I'll be converting all my avi's with FFmpegX or iSquint. Thanks for your help, though.
What?Max on Macs said:Apple makes an AVI codec for QT. It's only £15, hardly a big deal, why not just get that?
VanNess said:I just realized you have an Intel Mac, which changes the picture. You'll need a universal binary codec, and in the case of Divx, it hasn't been officially released. However, there is a Divx beta that is universal you can try.
What your friend told you is essentially correct, avi's are just wrapper files that contain both a video and audio codec of the original encoder's choosing. If you don't have the codec(s) on your system, you're sol. Normally, Divx can handle most of them, but it isn't bulletproof. If someone uses an obsolete or otherwise bizarre codec, it may be difficult to find a suitable decoder. VLC has a library of various codecs that it uses for avi playback, which is why it is practically bulletproof for avi playback.