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Trying to play a .avi video file on MacBook Pro

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I am converting a .wmv video file to a .avi file. The .wmv file plays just fine, however the avi file will not play. A message keeps poping up stating I do not have the correct codecs. How do I fix this?

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 8:06 PM (in response to Emily_229)

    I am converting a .wmv video file to a .avi file. The .wmv file plays just fine, however the avi file will not play. A message keeps poping up stating I do not have the correct codecs. How do I fix this?

    If you wish to play the AVI file in QT, then your system's codec component configuration must include whatever audio and video compression formats were used to create your AVI file. Since AVI is a file container format and does not have a fixed audio and video compression format combination associated with it, only you, as the person creating the AVI file knows for sure what specific codec components are actually needed here.

     

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  • misskellywong Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 11:02 PM (in response to Emily_229)

    Hi there, as I know, many Mac users have problem playing .avi files. You might as well try the VLC which can play many videos in many file types. If you prefer to do conversion, it's fine. Which converting software are you using? Hope you've chosen a right one. You know there are many so-called the best on the web. By the way, I am using iOrgSoft video converter. So far, it works good. And are you using QuickTime on your Mac? If so, you'd better convert your file to QT MOV format instead of .avi. Just for your information. Good luck, mate.

  • siberjames Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 9, 2013 7:04 PM (in response to Emily_229)

    AVI is not a readable format on QuickTime in Macbook Pro by default, you need to install a QuickTime component  like Perian, or downoad another player like VLC, a universal player supports just almost every file format. Or even convert it a Mac format like .mp4, .mov, or m4v.

     

    Check: http://www.appgeeker.com/how-to/play-avi-video-file-on-mac.html

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Oct 9, 2013 7:36 PM (in response to siberjames)

    AVI is not a readable format on QuickTime in Macbook Pro by default

    Not totally true. As a file format (i.e., container), it has been supported by QT for decades. Unfortunately, most of the AVI compression formats (i.e., codecs) popularized by PC/Windows users over the years are not supported natively by QT. Only a relatively few, like DV, Cinepak, and MJPEG are natively supported which is why you need to install third-party codec component packages like Perian or use third-party media players like VLC which have their own built-in codec support. Even then it is sometimes possible (albeit rarely) to run across an unsupported codec. (Read ARTICLE HT3775 to see what file, video and, audio formats are natively supported by the QT player.)

     

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  • hermandaz Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 8:11 PM (in response to Emily_229)

    You can add Perian component to your QuickTime to enable it play AVI movies. And if it still does not work, just convert the AVI files to MOV. click here to get the video converter: MOV to AVI Converter

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