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AVI is among the most widely used file formats for videos today. If you have Mac and have upgraded to the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks, you may be disappointed to find out that QuickTime can't play all AVI videos on your Mac. As a container format, AVi is not a specific type of file and there is no single codec for videos with .avi externsions. This is the reason why you can't play all AVI movies with Quicktime on Mac. Luckily, here are three simple solutions that will allow you to play AVI on Mac:
Your first solution is to convert AVI files to formats that are natively supported by Mac with the help of iSkysoft video converter for Mac. This video converter is user-friendly and makes the whole conversion process quite simple.
Besides, if you are planning to edit AVI videos on iMovie, sync them on your iTunes library, and do more things than just playing AVI on Mac, it is better to have a AVI to QuickTime Mac converter so that you can have more control on your video files.
If you have already installed the AVI to QuickTime video converter on your Mac, launch the program. Now open your local folder where you have save the AVI files, then drag and drop the files to the main interface of the program. The files will be imported to the program immediately.
Alternatively, click the "+" icon at the bottom of the program main interface. Then select your desired AVI files from the pop-up window and import the files to the program.
To play AVI on Mac without hassle, you'd better convert AVI to MOV, MP4, MPV, or other Mac supported formats. Now navigate to the bottom format tray and select your desired format from the "Video" tab to set it as target output.
Simple click the "Convert" button, and the program will start processing the conversion.
Note: The solution 2 and 3 only enable you to play your AVI on Mac, i.e, you are unable to add the AVI files to your iTunes library for orgnization or sync. So if you want to use your AVI files in QuickTime, iMovie, iTunes and more, solution 1 (converting AVI) is highly recommended.
Perian, is a great open-source QuickTime component that allows playback of different video formats that cannot be played natively on your Mac computer. If you want to use QuickTime as your main video player, you may choose to download Perian because it provides the necessary codecs or components that will allow you to play AVI on Mac. If you have QuickTime 7, you may be glad to discover that it can actually play AVI files without needing any additional plug-ins and codecs.
Note: The latest version 1.2.3 of Perian doesn't work on Mac OS X Mavericks because Perian requires installation of quicktime 7, which doesnt exist for Mavericks. It also doesn't work on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. So if you have a Mac running Mac OS X 10.7, say, Lion, you have to downgrade the previous version, say 1.2.2. The version of 1.2.3 of Perian does not support QuickTime 10 in Lion and fails to fix the loss of audio after one second in xvid files with ac3. So if you have a Mac with Lion or Mountain Lion, converting AVI video to QuickTime is highly recommended.
The VLC media player, is an excellent open-source media player that is known for supporting a wide range of audio and video files. Unlike other media players which have limited format-support, you will be surprised that VLC can play a video or audio file that you didn't even know existed. If your OS is Snow Leopard or higher, installing VLC is definitely a good choice especially if you only plan on watching AVI files on your computer.
Note:Two inconvenience of VLC player is that it doesn't play AVI videos with high qualities and it doesn't support Mavericks.