Knowledge About Avi, Avi Player, Avi Converter On Mac

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Knowledge about AVI, AVI player, AVI Converter on Mac

What is an AVI?

AVI, an acronym for Audio Video Interleave, is a multimedia container format. An AVI file can carry audio/visual data inside in almost any compression scheme, including: MPEG-4, XviD, DivX and others.

AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback.

How to watch AVI movies on Mac OS X?

There are several ways to view them in Mac OS X.

Third Party Applications

There are 2 programs at present that can open .avi files and both are open source and free to download. Many users prefer to keep both installed to provide compatibility with as many file formats as possible.

VLC Player is a cross platform application with a mac version available for download from the VLC website.

MPlayer has a simpler interface but fewer features. It is available from the MPlayer website.

Any remaining AVIs not compatible with the above two, should be able to be handled by Mac OS 9 QuickTime or QuickTime for Windows, each of which have the older versions of the Intel Indeo codec.

Windows Media Player 9 is an application developed by Microsoft for Mac OS X.

Note: Microsoft has ceased the software's development for Mac OS X and instead promotes another third party plugin for QuickTime called Flip4Mac (See below).

QuickTime Plug-Ins

Several third party plug-ins are available to allow users to watch .avi files using Apple's native multimedia media program. These are installed into the QuickTime plug-ins folder and usually require little or no setting up.

Perian. Currently the best and most all-encompassing Quicktime plugin that will guarentee to play almost any codec within an AVI file.Includes support for MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio, AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3, (i.e loads of Codecs), to play windows media (.wma,.wmv) files you will also need Flip4Mac (See below).

3ivX codec. A free version of this MPEG4 codec is available for Mac users on their download page.

A52 codec. This codec is very useful for viewing .avi files encoded with A52 audio.

DivX for Mac codec. A free version is available for watching DivX movies, a commercial solution for encoding movies is available as a free 15 day demo. Free beta versions (including DivX 6 for Intel based macs) are also available from

Flip4Mac. A free solution, offering playback of AVI, ASF, ASX and non-DRM protected WMA and WMV files.

To convert DVD to AVI to play on Mac

You can convert DVD to AVI by using DVD Ripper for Mac. We recommend you DVD Ripper for Mac, which is a powerful DVD to AVI Mac software that can rip DVDs to AVI format with super high quality.

To convert other videos to AVI and convert AVI to other format such as MOV, MP4, MPEG on Mac

You can use Video Converter for Mac. Video Converter for Mac is the best AVI Converter for Mac to convert video to AVI on Mac and to convert AVI to MOV, MP4, etc. on Mac. It also can trim AVI and capture pictures from AVI videos on Mac.

To convert the video files from AVI to DVD on Mac

you need to use AVI to DVD Converter for Mac. DVD Creator for Mac is an easy to use AVI to DVD Converter for Mac.

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