Struggling to play Xvid files on Mac!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tommy11a, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. tommy11a macrumors newbie

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    I've just downloaded a torrent file which is dvd rip xvid file...
    It took ages and when i tried to open any of the files they wouldn't work. Ive tried downloading perian and other codec stuff but they still aren't working. Have attemped to use Mac Video Converter but it says it's a bad source....On the finder the icons are just blank pieces of paper and i've no idea how to open them!

    Any ideas?:confused:
     
  2. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    I wouldn't mention torrents on here too much. FYI.

    But for what Perian won't, then try VLC Player or MplayerOSX.
     
  3. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    Seriously, though, going for VLC is going to be your best bet.
     
  4. kolax macrumors G3

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  5. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    I still use VLC - but I now favor Mplayer - because I can run true 5.1 surround, and it is MUCH more powerful - just it has a very steep learning curve. (command line stuff). So for "out of the box" functionality - VLC - but if you want to get into HD, 6-channel upmixing/downmixing - I'd opt for Mplayer.
     
  6. kolax macrumors G3

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    VLC can't output 5.1?
     
  7. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    It "says" it can - but I've never been able to get it working. Not once, and believe me, I put in a lot of effort trying.

    As for mplayer - once I dumped in the correct "settings" - it does 5.1 on everything that has a 5.1 audio track.

    FYI - I'm talking about using the encoded optical digital output of an iMac - going to a 5.1 receiver, it "might" work on a different Mac with the multiple line-outs.
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    You may end up with a codec that cannot be played on the Mac in any case, if you have something that lists the codec it uses it can help tracking something down.

    At times I've had to use a conversion routine just to get it to play.

    Still a bunch of Windows codecs that don't pay on OS X, might get video no audio, audio no video, etc.
     
  9. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    you could use plex,that wot i use for hd mkvs
     
  10. Catch Them macrumors regular

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    you can install Xvid codec (Here: http://www.xvidmovies.com/mac/), i did when i was running tiger, but since i migrated everything to Leopard, I just use VLC as a one size fits all.

    the sound output through my optical is fine with surround and stereo output.


    though i still have Flip4Mac and Perian(?) installed for quicktime related stuff.
     
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Just remember, even the xvid players on the Mac side won't play all the individual video and audio codecs somebody might use to compress the xvid file.
     

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