The easiest way to do this is to use a program called HandBrake , which is free. For those users, you need to upgrade as previously mentioned or use a third-party media player like VLC, which I mention below. Once it has been scanned, you can leave everything as is and just click the Start button.
Your file will be converted into an MP4 file in the same directory as the original video file. If the problem is related to the codec and you must use Windows Media Player, your only other option is to download a codec pack.
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You have to be careful when downloading codec packs because some of them contain malware, viruses, etc and will ruin your system. If you absolutely must, you can check out my previous post on downloading codecs for Windows Media Player. In addition to the codec issue, you might also have problems playing an AVI file if it has become corrupt or damaged. Usually, this problem is fixable using third-party repair tools. There are a couple of more possible solutions below. One possible simple solution is to make sure that the file type is associated with WMP.
Note this is only for older versions of WMP. Another solution, which has worked for some, is to use system restore to go back to a previous system state. You can read my previous post about system restore and how to enable it. Once on the System Protection tab, just click on the System Restore button.
If you turned off or disabled System Restore, then keep reading. I don't mind supporting developers making good apps for Mac. Unreasonable request. Since AVI can contain dozens of codecs in hundreds of combinations it impossible to reconstruct each scenario which would be required in order to present a solution where people just say they have an 'AVI that doesn't play'.
Yes, and came up with the highly unlikely solution of changing the extension to. In that case it may have just been the file was mis-labeled, or had Quicktime compatible codecs already but QT didn't realize it could play them I have done that rarely by renaming compressed.
Using a codec tool such as MediaInfo helps in deciphering that. I tested iSkysoft Video Converter on several videos: avi - which wouldn't play at all;. The utility app is an "assistant PKG installer. Without this utility you would have to either copy the component from an older system to your Lion or Mountain Lion system, use Pacifist for installation, or manually open the PKG contents and transfer the component to the appropriate component folder.
As to your "discussion" regarding the playback of AVI file types, there are really only two strategies here:. Each user should decide for his or her own self which approach best suits their needs for a particular source file. In most cases, conforming the system's codec component configuration to play the source file directly results in higher video quality since no transcoding takes place but this strategy will not work if a codec which is required is not available for the user's operating system.
On the other hand, converter utilities tend to support more built-in codecs and are easier to use since the user does not have to concern him or herself with the nature of the particular source compression formats but at the risk of some potential loss in visual quality. As to what converter to use, once again this is a matter of personal choice. In the case of commercial converters like iSkysoft, the codecs are built in while MPEG Streamclip accesses the host operating system's QT codec component configuration. I have used Pacifist before, great app.
I think I pulled some older QT components out of an Apple install disc. Unfurtunately this is one of about ten threads I've read on this subject and there seem to be no hard and fast solutions. I see it's on a case to case basis, and I'm keeping the original movies for now, but so far the results have been pretty good.
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Unfortunately, Apple is trying to distance itself from this lagacy file type and associated problems as it developes its own QT X "modernized" structure and environment. The main problem here is that AVI has not been officially supported by its creator Microsoft for more than 11 years. QT 7 still supports the AVI container and a few "legacy" compression formats natively which you may or may not have to activate yourself under the latest Mac OS.
To play others, may require installation of third-party component packages like Perian as long as it continues to work. Unfortunately, QT X may or may not support some of these "legacy" codecs or even be programmed to use them when it sees the AVI extension. In other cases, it may advise you that the AVI file can be played in the QT 7 player and ask if you wish to switch playback to that app.
Frankly, I personally do not use AVI files myself other than to analyze the contents to answer questions here or "devine" methods of making them playable for others.
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In fact, it is my considered opinion that most AVI users would be better off if they had switched to the use of the more modern generic MKV open source container years ago. Question: Q: My QuickTime player us not playing.
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