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how do I play .avi files on itunes

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  • Reavesma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 11:42 PM (in response to Jon Walker)

    Okay, so I have a .mkv file of a movie that is in French and has three different subtitle options. They are all included within the file itself.

     

    I went to convert the video to .mp4 and selected the video track, audio track and English subtitles and chose to burn them into the video but every time I try to convert it, it says the conversion was successful but it only takes a second and where there should be the completed .mp4, there is an .log file that says:

     

    "Error: (mkvextract) The file '/Users/meaghani/Movies/Amelie [Ame' could not be opened for reading (No such file or directory)."

     

    Which is weird because the video loads just fine into the application and I'm able to watch the video with VLC Player, so I don't see how it could be corrupted.

     

    Please, please, please help?

  • Grooveagnet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 12:27 AM (in response to Torrettt)

    Handbrake. It's what everyone around here uses.

    Problem solved.

  • Thorntonvre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 1:18 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    Pavtube spammer with a single post to their name. No one even mentioned iTunes. Get out.

  • Chrissynald Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 9:31 PM (in response to aamannkauai)

    Pavtube is another software seller offering low quality programs. Pavtube Video Converter promised to convert videos among all video and audio formats, but in reality it is a worthless set of bits. Don't buy this crap not only because they develop low quality software, but also because they use spam to promote it (otherwise you only encourage spammers to send you more ****).

  • Oliveringh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 4, 2013 10:38 PM (in response to aamannkauai)

    Don't say something badly to the things that you have never used. And not all of time rumors are believable

  • Rassilon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to Thorntonvre)

    Thorntonvre wrote:

     

    Pavtube spammer with a single post to their name. No one even mentioned iTunes. Get out.

     

    The forum topic is "how do I play .avi files on itunes", therefore people *did* mention iTunes, LOL.  Re the spammers, no arguments. We don't need them.  I'm trying Handbrake now, to convert some old AVI movies. It seems to work, but it's almost as slow as ripping them from DVD.

  • Porterlin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 18, 2013 8:05 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    I agree with you, I didn't want to convert all my files using handbrake. It would take forever.

  • Johnthem Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 29, 2013 8:27 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    Actually, this won't allow for play on iPod or iPhone. Just iTunes ... it relies on a trick to allow iTunes to play files using QT plugins. iTunes normally will only play QT native files (i.e. MP4s, etc). If you use this, you can create reference files that pull any video that Quicktime can play into iTunes without converting it. However, as the plugins do not work on the iPod or iPhone, you are still left with using iSquint or the like to actually convert the videos for those uses.

  • Youngord Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 7, 2013 1:35 AM (in response to Johnthem)

    If it's a downloaded MPEG-4 video file, you just drag it into iTunes and sync it over.


    If it's a downloaded movie file of some other kind (windows formats, etc), you use a program like iSquint, VisualHub, ffmpegx, etc, to convert it and then use iTunes to sync it.


    If it's a Youtube or similar video, you use a program like PodTube to convert it and use iTunes to sync it (or some of these services will create an MP4 file for you to download).


    All in all you typically only need a couple of these converter apps even if you do a lot of this.

  • Bichlerte Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 28, 2013 1:41 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    So AirPlay takes whatever's playing in iTunes and streams to the Apple TV 2.0... I wonder if the Apple TV actually processes anything...

     

    Can anyone check if this works? Mine's arriving tomorrow

  • Ther2849 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 28, 2013 2:23 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    According to Apple official website, iTunes only works with QuickTime and MPEG-4 Movie files that end in ".mov", ".m4v", or ".mp4" and are playable in QuickTime Player. Therefore, if you try to import .avi movie to iTunes (including import AVI to iTunes 11) for syncing, it will end in fail in importing AVI video to iTunes let alone transfer this AVI file to iPad, iPhone, iPod.

     

    In order to successfully import AVI files to iTunes, we have to convert this AVI video to iTunes compatible video format like MP4.

  • Rassilon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    May 28, 2013 4:21 PM (in response to Bichlerte)

    Bichlerte wrote:

     

    So AirPlay takes whatever's playing in iTunes and streams to the Apple TV 2.0... I wonder if the Apple TV actually processes anything...

     

    Can anyone check if this works? Mine's arriving tomorrow

     

    I have three Apple TV's (two 3rd gen, one 1st.)  Based on my WiFi traffic, AirPlay only streams games from portable IOS devices. For media streams, the URL and login data are sent to Apple TV, which streams content itself. Otherwise, you'd be spending twice as much bandwidth (streaming the same movie twice), and drain your iPad's batteries in short order.

     

    This is an educated guess, of course, since I do not work for Apple. But my own monitors confirm that once the iPad establishes a connection, further traffic is going directly from the media source to the Apple TV, and not thorugh my iPad.  As for AVI files, a quick run through Handbrake will convert them into useable media.

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    May 28, 2013 5:43 PM (in response to Bichlerte)
    So AirPlay takes whatever's playing in iTunes and streams to the Apple TV 2.0... I wonder if the Apple TV actually processes anything...

    There is no real difference in the streamed playback whether you initiate streaming from within iTunes, from an iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, or via the TV. The only difference is in which device initiates the streaming process and whether or not currently playing content is terminated/overridden by the new streaming content. In fact, you can initiate streaming in iTunes on your computer (or from any of the other mobile devices) and move to your video area and continue viewing and controling the streaming content the same as if it had been initiated via the TV. (Just don't forget to reset the initiating AirPlay switch later.)

     

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  • Thomaseric Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 8:50 PM (in response to aamannkauai)

    Thanks for everyone's reply.

     

    I didn't want to convert all my files using handbrake. It would take forever.

     

    I did a search on the apple forum (thinking someone must have posted this question before) but came up with nothing. However, then I Google searched and came up with a result suggesting to use a freeware program called Movie2itunes. Ironically this result was a apple post.

     

    It took me a bit to figure out as they would say "drag your files into this droplet". Well, there is no droplet (I'm assuming it's an icon of some sort). So, I dragged my files onto the applescript icon after setting my destination folder and voila, multiple reference files instantly imported into iTunes.

     

    Patience was rewarded today. It took me some time to find this solution, but it also saved me from buying a piece of software.

  • Saltzer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 22, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to aamannkauai)

    A friend recommended Vuze, it's a free torrent app with a built in file converter. Www.vuze.com. The system is slick and it gives you images of iPads, iPhones and Apple TV's all generations to choose from. You simply drag the avi files to the conversion tab choose the output format and it converts them seamlessly to mp4. Works on single files and batches, drops the converted files into the TRANSCODES folder.

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