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11-20-2004, 02:08 PM
Anyone know how to get an ".avi" file to play on a Mac? For my use, (the files are only 2 seconds each---examples of animated walks) I'd even be glad to be able to see the individual frames, never mind having them play in real time...

I've got a number of partitions running different Mac operating systems in this 800mHZ dp G4, so I have tried OS 9.2.2, 10.2.8 and 10.3 with no luck. The software I've tried is Quicktime, Windows Media Player v9 (for OS X) and v7.1.2 (for v9.x); and I even tried RealPlayer v10 for OS X)

Any ideas? Any on-line conversion happening? Magic spells?



11-21-2004, 04:04 AM
Try Video Lan Client....


Or, install the Divx codec for Quicktime:


11-21-2004, 02:26 PM
Thanks Pat-lek, but neither of them worked.

I don't know much about the Windows OS, do you know if it's possible to open the files on a PC then save them out as Quicktime, or as individual frames? If so, I should be able to find someone to do that for me.

I guess Windows users---especially those who are not particularly computer-savvy--
don't give a second's thought to the fact that some of us use Macs. If they did, it would be obvious that Quicktime would be a better choice for widely distributed "business files" since they would play on either machine.


11-21-2004, 04:38 PM
I can play AVI's okay on my Mac.

For future reference here's what you need to do.

1. Open the movie file in Quicktime.
2. Go to Movie>Get Movie Properties (or #J)
3. Then select 'Movies' (dropdown) in the popup window and
choose 'Video Track'
4. Then in the Right hand dropdown choose 'Format'
5. Look for 'Data Format' This will tell you what codec you need to install
6. Then go to http://moviecodec.com/ and look for the 'Video Codec' that you need, or if it's an 'Audio Codec' etc etc. Video Codecs listed here http://www.moviecodec.com/video/
with links to the respective sites and pray that they have a Mac version

Darth Mole
11-22-2004, 01:48 AM
I've found that between VideoLAN and DiVX, most video formats are covered. Sometimes you have to drag 'n' drop the AVI file onto VLC to get it to work...

11-29-2004, 09:07 PM
Thanks riki and Darth Mole, but nothing seems to work with these files. I tried both procedures under 10.2.8. it sure is odd how some Macs do one thing, and other Macs do something else...it happens some times; one of the great mysteries of life I guess.


11-30-2004, 03:14 AM
You can also try Cellulo


12-01-2004, 04:10 AM
Since Cellulo uses quicktime itself (and the codecs it utilizes) to display videos (unlike mplayer and vlan), and quicktime has already failed to play the files, I'm not sure that Cellulo would do any better.

However, for people who don't use vlan or mplayer and don't have qt pro, Cellulo is a great way to setup videos to play according to a playlist and to play videos fullscreen.


12-01-2004, 06:04 AM
What codec is used for the avi file ?

12-01-2004, 11:23 PM
ingo wrote:
>What codec is used for the avi file ?

Indeo codec IV50

When I looked this up on the moviecodec.com web site (thanks riki) I noticed that the higher "character code" number of "50" is designed for better Internet streaming.

Just now I saw that Internet reference in my notes and decided to try loading the avi directly into Explorer 5.2.3, but that didn't work either. I've been exploring the Unix shells lately, I wonder if there are any Unix programs that might fare better with this file...

800mHZ dp G4; 128MB Radeon 9800 Pro

12-02-2004, 03:11 AM
If you really want to see this .avi file, you can try to ré-encode it with Dvision for example: