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  • Droymac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 8:39 PM (in response to Cynthia4852)

    Couldn't tell you...I am running the latest version of Quicktime on OS X and it works for me.

  • Sean_g Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 6, 2012 5:59 PM (in response to Droymac)

    This is clever. I guess I forgot QuickTime can do this since QT has problems sometimes playing some .avi files. Great idea though. One thing that is aggravating, thinking back to the days when I was still on windows, if you had a .wmv file you new it was windows, or music .wma. And if mac based .aac or .avi. Why Apple does not offer support in iTunes for its own file types is baffling!?! Obviously .mp4 is more of a cross platform standard. But, I believe it would have made sense to support .avi files in iTunes. I love my Apple TV, I stream my movies. But, it takes awhile to convert to .mp4 so that I can have this convenience. Mountain Lion is coming with full AirPlay capabilities and will makes this easier. I'm using Airparrot now and it works great, using VLC or other media player to play .avi or even .mkv files. Anywway, thanks for info!

  • Francis48324832 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 11, 2012 11:32 PM (in response to Sean_g)

    OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) is coming soon on which a new Mac OS X security feature named Gatekeeper will be turned on as a default option. Unsigned software downloaded from internet will not be installed on the new OS X. Maybe the AirPlay also need to be signed compatible with the new OS X.

  • Richard1814 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 18, 2012 7:15 AM (in response to Francis48324832)

    I want to watch the DVD movie Mission Impossible on my iPad. And I did exactly the same Handbrake’s preset as I did before, but I can’t get a good preset for encoding this time. Is there a good solution to get full resolution as close as 1080p to import to iPad? in addition, I'm using Mac Mountain Lion right now.

  • Hile8579 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 26, 2012 8:38 AM (in response to Richard1814)

    If you can get the movies to play on your phone, then you can simply AirPlay mirror from the iPhone to the Apple TV. You can also sync from an iPad. I suggest keeping your TV, especially since Mountain Lion is coming out soon.

  • Ther2849 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 1, 2012 5:42 PM (in response to Hile8579)

    I have the base spec mid 2011 iMac and have just upgraded to Mountain Lion.  I have tried airplay mirroring to my appletv3 and I am not too impressed.

  • Doyleyn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 6:45 PM (in response to QuickTimeKirk)

    have been enjoying Mountain Lion but I couldn't help but notice that suddenly half of my avi's will no longer play, and since the team that developed Perian are no longer doing updates for it, I think its time to look for a new codec solution for the OS X? Anyone got any suggestions?

  • Johnmaner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 14, 2012 7:28 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    AVI is a container format for lots of varied codecs. Install Perian to add extra codecs to QT

  • Milczarek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 19, 2012 11:24 PM (in response to aamannkauai)

    I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.8

    I imported videos from a Casio Exilim camera via USB

    Videos are .avi files, which automatically play in QuickTime.  However, only the audio plays, no video.

    Downloaded CASIO avi importer.component from manufacturer, unzipped, and moved .component file to HD>System>QuickTime folder, restarted.

    Still only getting audio, no video.  Suggestions?

  • Bradford Sherman Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:24 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    As a completely free alternative to AVI to iTunes Video Converter for Mac you can just use Automator (comes with every Mac) and use the two following instructions:

     

    Get Specified Movies

    Export Movies

     

    You simply drag all the AVI files you want to convert into the first action (Get Specified Movies). This will pass the files to "Export Movies". In Export Movies you need to set the Format to Apple TV.

     

    This simple two step procedure will convert all the .avi files to .m4v files suitable for iTunes, Apple TV, iPhone, etc.

     

    It does take a while to execute. On my old iMac (2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) it takes roughly 30 minutes to convert an AVI with a 60 minute play time (~570 MB avi file).

     

    Automator just instructs the Quicktime Player to reencode the avi as a m4v. The source avi in my case used mp4, as does m4v.

     

    Finally, you'll probably want to add the m4v files to iTunes. They'll probably import as Movies, so if you want to put them in the TV Shows container you'll need to 'Get Info' within iTunes, go to Options and change the Media Kind from Movie to TV Show. Useful instructions on manipulating iTunes metadata can be found at: http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/the-complete-guide-to-managin g-itunes-videos/

  • Binks123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 20, 2012 10:45 PM (in response to Johnmaner)

    I downloaded Perian, now quicktime will play avi files. But now it won't allow me to play the files on ITUNES. Any suggestions?

  • Bradford Sherman Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Aug 21, 2012 6:52 AM (in response to Binks123)

    See my previous post. With Perian installed, Quicktime will be able to export your avi files to m4v files. Just set the export option for AppleTV.

     

    When the export is complete go to iTunes and select File>Add to Library and then select your m4v files. iTunes will import them into your library and you should be able to watch them.

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Aug 21, 2012 6:37 PM (in response to Milczarek)

    I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.8

    I imported videos from a Casio Exilim camera via USB

    Videos are .avi files, which automatically play in QuickTime.  However, only the audio plays, no video.

    Downloaded CASIO avi importer.component from manufacturer, unzipped, and moved .component file to HD>System>QuickTime folder, restarted.

    Still only getting audio, no video.  Suggestions?

    Let me see if I can explain this a better this time around...

     

     

    1) An AVI file is QT compatible if, and only if, the file container is upported.

     

    2) Compression formats used in the AVI container are QT compatible if, and only if, the codecs required for playback are installed on your system.

     

    3) A particular QT-based app can play the AVI file if, and only if, the app is correctly programmed to associate the AVI extension with the required codec components AND can access them.

     

     

    Example: Casio AVI files containing Motion JPEG compressed video and DVI ADPCM audio

     

    a) The AVI file type is still supported (recognized) on current (Mountain Lion) systems.

     

    b) DVI ADPCM audio appears to be supported by the MS ADPCM (WAV) codec still included as part of the Mac OS.

     

    c) Motion JPEG video support was dropped as part of the Snow Leopard to Lion upgrade.

     

    Therefore, this common type of AVI file would natively play audio but not video in QT players under Mountain Lion.

     

     

    d) Installing the Perian support package allows both QT X and QT 7 players to access the Motion JPEG OpenDML codec providing video, as well as, audio playback of this AVI file (assuming there are no conflicting codecs simultaneously installed on your system).

     

     

    With regard to iTunes...

     

    e) For those who have not noticed, Apple has been quietly modifying iTunes from a QT 7 based app to a QT X based app since the release of Snow Leopard. As a result, the AVI file container is no longer supported as far as the iTunes file import module is concerned. If you attempt to add or drop import an AVI file to iTunes, it will be totally ignored.

     

    f) Another change in the imort module seems to be a compression format filter test. Previously, an AVI file containing supported compression formats could sill be import if you simply re-wrapped the original data in an MOV file container. Unfortunately, this is no longer true as iTunes either cannot associate the MOV file extension with the codecs commonly used in the AVI file container or is no longer allowed to access the Perian codec component support (much like the iMovie apps since the introduction of iMovie '08). In any case, DVI ADPCM and/or Motion JPEG content re-wrapped to individual MOV containers will not import at this time under Mountain Lion.

     

    g) On the other hand, if you convert the DVI ADPCM audio to the still "specifically" supported MS ADPCM (WAV) audio in either a WAV or MOV file container, it will be imported to iTunes. The same holds true if you convert the no longer supported Motion JPEG video to the still supported Photo JPEG compression format and place it in an MOV file container. In fact you can place both the WAV and Photo JPEG data in an MOV file and it will import and even play on an TV device. While other target conversions are also supported, I tend to agree with Cynthia4852 that simply targeting a specific device conversion provides the best approch to iTunes/Apple device compatibility.

     

     

    Recap:

     

    I) AVI is an easy to use but outdated, generic file container for which its originator dropped official support some eleven years ago owing to limitations on the container itself and its use with certain codecs. While the extension is still recognized, individual apps may or may not associate the extension with a specific required playback codec even if it is installed on your system.

     

    II) Many of the codecs commonly used in the AVI container have never been available for use on the Mac and the number of currently available AVI codecs supported by Mac component installation packages is constantly diminishing with the introduction of each Mac system upgrade.

     

    III) Many/Most multimedia users are reluctant to switch to more modern and efficient file container/codec combinations simply because of the massive amount of AVI content freely available on the internet and the vast amount of time and effort required to convert/update their already bulging media libraries.

     

    IV) To be compatible with a given player, a media file's container type and the codecs used to create the file must be both supported and accessible by an app programmed to use them.

     

     

    Conclusion:

     

    If you are a Mac user, sooner or later you will likely be forced to either switch to Mac compatible files or switch to one of the dwindling number of media players that still support AVI playback. Based on the number of AVI conversion utilities currently being marketed on the internet, it appears software manufacturers are betting most users will "Convert or Perish." (Or should that be, "There is no future until you settle the past.")

     

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    iMac, OS X Mountain Lion, 3.4 GHz Quad Core i7, 4 GB 1333 MHz
  • Milczarek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 25, 2012 2:00 AM (in response to Jon Walker)

    Thanks for your reply and info. I'll give it a try.

  • Weisser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 7:45 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    You can do this easily, for instance with Quicktime 7 by creating reference files. There are also tools that automate this for you like VideoDrive.  They put avi files in iTunes within seconds. No conversions, no hassle.

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