AVI, Audio Video Interleave video file format is developed by Microsoft mainly for Windows operating systems. Audio and video can be played in synchronous format without any halt in the video. AVI file format can be played with various media players like AVI media player, Media player classic, Plex and many others.
If you want to play AVI files with QuickTime on Mac, you’ll find it’s difficult to do the job. Apple, unfortunately only plays a couple types of seldom-used AVI file: “Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ULAW, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format”. But AVI is just a container format, which 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 AVI files on Mac OS X with QuickTime.
Method 1: If you want to watch AVI on QuickTime smoothly, you’re suggested to convert AVI to QuickTime Player best accepted format QuickTime MOV. Here, Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended, which enables you to convert AVI to any popular video formats. It works well even on Mac OS X El Capitan. This program ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and more. What’s more, the additional video editor enables you to personalize AVI videos on Mac before conversion.
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How to play AVI files on QuickTime on Mac OS X?
Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your AVI files. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.
Step 2: Select the right formats for playing on QuickTime. Here we suggest you to go to the “Common Video” list, you will get the “MOV- QuickTime (*.mov)” as the best output.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio parameters, including the bit rate of video and audio, the codec of video and audio, video size, sample rate, frame rate, audio channels, etc., in the Profile Settings by hitting “Settings” button.
Step 4: Click “Convert” button to start AVI to QuickTime MOV conversion for QuickTime playing. You can get the generated files by clicking “Open” button.
Method 2: Play AVI in QuickTime–Install Perian Plugin
Perian is a handy free program that allows your Mac to play almost any movie format including AVI files. Installing video file add-on software will let the Mac’s QuickTime player play AVI movie files on Mac as easily as it does the native QuickTime video format. In fact it claims to play all the following movie formats: AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, GVI, VP6, and VFW, MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivx, H.264, Sorenson H.263, FLV/Sorenson Spark, FSV1, VP6, H263i, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Snow, NuppelVideo, Techsmith Screen Capture and DosBox Capture.
Method 3: Play AVI files on VLC on Mac OS X
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. This disadvantages are as follows: VLC doesn’t play AVI files with high qualities, VLC doesn’t support El Capitan.
Conclusion: While there are other apps that will let you play AVI on Mac OS X, we had the best experience with three methods mentioned above. If you’re looking for what is probably the easiest way to play AVI files on Mac, Video Converter for Mac is definitely the way to go.