why wmv to avi on mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mia Yuan, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Mia Yuan macrumors newbie

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    QT X can play avi files? I always doubt about it... I mean it's mac, does it make any meaning of converting wmv to avi and then watch it in QT on mac????!!
    My gf's kept asking me this question, and I can't google it out..
    I hope somebody here could help me sort it out.... Thank you guys.
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    avi files are containers and if they contain video and audio codecs that OS X can play natively e.g mpeg4 video and mp3 audio then it will play out of the box. if it contains for example xvid video you will have to use a plug-in such as Perian.

    wmv can be played in QuickTime Player using Flip4Mac.
     
  3. Mia Yuan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Thanks for your anwers..
    Yeah... I know, but why? I mean why u have to convert from windows to windows on MAC? I just don't understand why people have such demands.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    you dont have to convert to wmv. Mac OS X cant play wmv natively so you have to install a codec that does i.e. Flip4Mac.
     
  5. Chundles macrumors G4

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    WMV is a proprietary format. Microsoft owns it. If you want to fiddle with it you need to pay for it.

    WMV playback is supported through Quicktime via the Flip4Mac plugin.

    AVI is a container, the video format inside it could be WMV, MPEG-4, DivX etc. If the Mac supports the format natively it will play back in Quicktime. If not, you'll need to download Perian.
     
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    cheers Chundles. i was going to add that WMV is proprietary but i didnt seem to type it.
     
  7. Mia Yuan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks guys
    Now i think I'm quite clear about it
    Thanks to all of you :)
     

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