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auguste raffael
04-01-2005, 02:45 PM
I am trying to watch the new LW8 .AVI tutorials on my MAC. I am using the QT Pro player and the Window's Media Player. Both players complain about the compressor and won't display the video. Can someone shed light on this problem? What component am I missing?


- MACentric

04-01-2005, 03:01 PM

opensource video player might work

auguste raffael
04-01-2005, 03:14 PM
since the original post I have tried window's media player, MPlayer, and installed DivX 5.2.1. No luck so far. Let's see what the opensource video player will do... thanks.


04-01-2005, 03:34 PM
VLC is good, MPlayerOSX is a little better, and there's a codec for Mac-Quicktime at 3ivx.com (http://3ivx.com) that's really good, works with almost every .avi and Xvid.

Best to have all of these players!

auguste raffael
04-05-2005, 10:39 AM
after trying all the codecs and players mentioned above I still can not view video portion of the movies (audio OK). Why are .AVI movies and the MAC so estranged? what else to try?

Captain Obvious
04-05-2005, 10:50 AM
First of all, it's "Mac," not "MAC." And I'm pretty sure you shouldn't use a "the" in front of it... anyway...

Mac OS X has zero issues with AVI, mostly because it can't. AVI is a so-called container. It can contain audio and video and probably subtitles and such as well. Whether or not your computer will be able to play the video track depends on whether or not you have the proper codec, which depends on how it's encoded. Best solution is probably go download the 3ivx codec (http://www.3ivx.com/download/macos.html) and install it. It should let Quicktime play DivX, 3ivx and XviD. The video track in most AVIs are in one of those formats. Since that didn't work, try the DivX codec, or the XviD codec...

04-05-2005, 12:07 PM
I don't suppose you're trying to play the videos that say that they require the Techsmith codec, are you? Some of the videos on Newtek's site use this, and it is stated where the videos are posted.

Playing video on a computer is not like sticking in a dvd. PC's have just as much trouble, and in fact a lot more trouble playing video encoded for the Mac than the Mac has playing video encoded for PC.