View Full Version : How to have AVI play properly on Mac

11-19-2007, 10:56 PM
Quicktime Pro, which usually works, is showing a blank image. I can't find appropriate Plug-in on the Quicktime page to fix this. (AVI was made on a PC, using Virtualdub, from a TGA sequence generated by Lightwave.) Are there any optimal compression settings for the AVI on a PC, before it comes to the Mac?

I know this issue comes up a lot. I've reviewed a bunch of the postings, but can't find this specific issue. Thanks.

11-20-2007, 01:27 AM
"Flip for mac", it's about $20. http://www.flip4mac.com/

I haven't had any problems with it.


11-20-2007, 09:23 AM
Thanks for the tip. I was reading the PDF instructions, and it looks like it only supports AVI MPEG compression--so my problematic AVI file still doesn't play. Trying it again...

11-20-2007, 01:34 PM
Can yo try to play it in VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)? It works many times when QT doesn't. It's free/OpenSource too. :)

Also, you can get the basic version for Flip4Mac for free from the microsoft site.


11-20-2007, 02:38 PM
Great. Thanks.

11-21-2007, 07:38 AM
VLC is great for playback. In case you want to open the avi file with some program that uses quicktime filters give Perian a shot. It adds a ton of formats to quicktime.


11-22-2007, 10:57 AM
the 3ivx codec will allow Qt to read it too;

11-22-2007, 11:04 AM
looks like 3ivx doesn't have a free version anymore, here's an earlier version. It goes in HD/System/Library/Quicktime, then restart quicktime.

Divx has a Mac version too, and VLC is very handy, collect them all!

11-22-2007, 11:06 AM
whoops, forgot to zip it

11-29-2007, 08:43 AM
Better still, download "Perian" - it's a single (open source) plugin component for Quicktime that handles a bunch of different formats - including 3ivx, DIVX, FLV and more. I had some issues with QT crashing a lot before I replaced a bunch of third-party components with the single Perian component.


12-01-2007, 08:57 AM
flip 4 mac is also the only way to play new wmv files on mac. Non-drmed ones anyway. And yeah, its free.

12-01-2007, 05:53 PM
AVI and Quicktime files are works like "enclosures". It's important to know what codec was used in the file. You can get an AVI or mov file with DV, MPEG, MPEG4, h263, h264, sorenson, and so on.