Why won't Quicktime play my .AVI files?

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  1. rockinrocker macrumors 65816

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    I guess the title pretty much says it all.

    When I open one of the files a dialog box comes up that says, "Additional software is required for quicktime to playback this media" with a link to the quicktime components page.

    If I just play the file anyway the sound is all garbled and there's no video at all, it just stays black.
    Also, the same exact thing happens with realplayer. does this mean there's a problem with the files or something?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Because it doesn't do it by default. And obviously additional software is needed. So you should probably download the components on the plugin page.
     
  4. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Der. A whole list of components come up and none of them say anything about AVI's.

    Downloading VLC now, we'll see how that goes.
    Thanks.
     
  5. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    VLC is the best media player out there. If you are a fan of using QuickTime though then I would suggest downloading the Perian and Flip4Mac plug-ins for it - they will let you watch almost anything via QuickTime. :cool:
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    That really depends on what you mean by "better." Plex is certainly better at playback of high bitrate 1080p videos, and it handled True-HD and DTS-HD audio transcodes (AC3, DTS, analog) on the fly.
     
  7. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    OK, I got VLC d'loaded and installed, but when I open the .AVI's all it plays are the sounds.
    :confused:

    enable video's selected in preferences. is there something else that I'm missing here?
     
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  9. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Good point, I actually meant to say that I like it the best. :p ;) Yes, Plex is better for HD content, but I've always liked VLC and use it for 99% of my media watching needs, hence my comment. Thanks for making me clarify my point. :eek: ;)

    Thanks for reinforcing my post from above. :p :cool:
     
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    vlc is good on osx but it is far from the best media player. Media player classic is the best media player ever.
     
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yeah, sorry, see my above clarification - I fell into a bit of an objective versus subjective trap. ;)
     
  12. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    OK people! back to my problem...
    :p

    1. Already had Perian and Flip4Mac installed.

    2. Installed VLC and I'm still not getting any video. The audio plays fine, but there's no video at all. Am I missing something here? :confused:

    Thanks
     
  13. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

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    Never knew about Perian. I always used VLC or flip4mac. I like Perian. Much less time to open files with that than flip4mac.
     
  14. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

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    Hard one to call with out seeing the actual file on another machine that is know to play that type of file...

    Do you have any other .avi files to try?
     
  15. bozeefus macrumors member

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    play other .avi files and see if u have the same issue. OR, play the file on a windows machine and see if it works. if not, maybe it's an issue with the .avi file itself
     
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    AVI is more a container format than an encoding format. So, can you tell us what the audio/video within the AVI file is encoded as?
     
  17. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    OK, have played lots of other AVI's with no problem.

    Don't have a windows machine handy, but will give that a shot ASAP.

    I don't really know anything about them other then they're DVD rips. Is there anyway to find that info out? I didn't see anything under "Get Info".
     
  18. gpb01 macrumors newbie

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    In QuickTime go to Window -> Show Movie Properties ... should give you more informations about the video codec used.
     
  19. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    OK,

    Video track format: VP70
    Audio track format: MP3
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    From what I've been able to determine, there are no codecs for VP7 available for the Mac OS.
     
  21. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ahh, so that's the issue.

    Hmm, could I use popcorn to convert them? Or will that not even work since there're no codecs for OSX?
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    With no codecs, you can't convert them. You can only play them in Windows.
     
  23. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ratfart. i was afraid of that.

    Hmmmm...

    what if i had a windows app that could convert them? Would that be a possibility?
     
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