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How to Play AVI on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion, Mavericks)

How to play AVI video on Mac (including Mac OS X Mavericks)? Many people are confused. If you are looking for an easy way to play AVI files on Mac with QuickTime, just read on and follow the best way you prefer. You can simply convert AVI to QuickTime on Mac with an AVI to QuickTime video converter for Mac. It also enables you to edit your AVI files like trim clips, crop frame size, add effects to it. Or you can apply some plug-in to make your QucikTime player work.

Since AVI is not a Mac friendly video format, you can convert AVI to Mac high compatible formats like MP4, MOV, M4V, etc. so that you can play AVI movies on Mac with QuickTime or iTunes. Here Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, is recommended to help you convert AVI videos to MP4, MOV, etc. Mac formats on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion, Mavericks). In addition, it can also convert AVI to other regular video formats like WMV, FLV, MKV, VOB, etc.

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The main interface of this video converter software for Mac is as below. You can finish your task in three simple steps: (1) Add your AVI videos. (2) Select MOV as the output format from Common Video. (3) Click Convert to begin the conversion.

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Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate also contains video editing functions, which allows you to trim, crop, rotate the video and even change the video visual effects and add subtitles.

Here is the video tutorial about how to convert AVI videos for smooth playback on Mac:

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When you try to play an AVI movie with QuickTime on your MacBook, you will be told that "the required compressor could not be found". That's because AVI is a container format that contains several different video compressor including DivX, XviD, 3ivx and Indeo. In most cases, AVI movies use DivX, and to play these AVI files with QuickTime, you need to download and install the free DivX codec.

Another way to play AVI files on Mac for free is to switch to some free Mac AVI players. The most famous are MPlayer OS X and VLC Media Player . Both of them are excellent and free multimedia players that can deal with many of the video formats unknown to QuickTime. But if you want to transfer AVI files to iTunes so that you can play them with iPhone (iPhone 5S) or iPad (iPad mini 2, iPad Air), you need to convert AVI to iTunes supported format first. And the recommended tool to do this is Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

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Some third party plug-ins can help to play AVI files on Mac with QuickTime for free. The most popular component is Perian, an open source plug-in which enables QuickTime to play several popular video formats not supported natively by QuickTime on Mac OS X, such as AVI, FLV, MKV, GVI, VP6, and VFW.

If your AVI file is still on strike, try to uninstall your old QuickTime version and download the latest QuickTime version and install the latest version of Perian to play AVI on Mac for free.

Note: Perian is not available for Lion or Mountain Lion. If you're using OS X 10.7 or above, like Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), you'd better turn to Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

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I actually tried this yesterday and it was absolutely a no brainer. Thanks for putting this out there. Only if more people knew how easy this truly is, there would be less frustration when it comes to converting AVI to MOV on Mac.
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