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How to Play AVI Files on Mac?

When playing AVI files on Mac, you theoretically open them with QuickTime program by default. However, in fact AVI files are not supported by newer QuickTime player on Mac. In the past, we often installed Perian on Mac to help play AVI videos on Mac. As Perian is already outdated, we need update our solutions. So in this article, you will get 3 new and simple ways to help open AVI files on Mac smoothly. Even 4K AVI video playback is not a problem.

AVI File not Playing on Mac? Convert It to Mac-supported Format

As Mac QuickTime player is unable to play AVI files on Mac by default, you need to convert the AVI video files to QuickTime playable format like MOV or MP4 first. And WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is an ideal tool to that end.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Why Is AVI File not Playing on Mac?

Part 2. How to Play AVI Files on Mac?

Part 3. FAQs

Part 1. Why Is AVI File not Playing on Mac?

Older versions of QuickTime like QuickTime 7 and QuickTime X structure embeds are AVI compatible. However, the AVI playback via QuickTime Player on Mac will depend on the type of codec of the AVI file itself as AVI is a container format. As for newer QuickTime Player, it pops up the error message when throwing AVI videos at it.

Is there any way to play AVI files on Mac with or without QuickTime? Absolutely yes! Based the facts, you can transcode the AVI video, install required codecs or simply play AVI files on Mac using a third-party AVI player.

Part 2. How to Play AVI Files on Mac?

Method 1. Convert AVI for QuickTime to Play on Mac

If you insist in playing AVI videos on Mac with QuickTime Player, you need first convert AVI to Mac-supported formats. QuickTime Player supports a number of formats, including MOV, MP4, M4V, MP3, MPEG-2, DV Stream, WAV, AIFF, AAC, etc. To change between formats, you need a versatile AVI video converter.

To make things easier, we introduce WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to you. It’s a 4K video converter and compressor that you can use to convert between formats for any version of QuickTime player to play smoothly, and turn 4K to 1080p to avoid choppy video playback. Here, we take AVI to MP4 conversion as an example to show you detailed steps.

Step 1. Free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, install and launch it on your Mac.

Step 2. Drag and drop the AVI file you need to convert to this tool.

Step 3. When the Output Profile window pops up, choose MP4 (h264+aac) as the output format and click OK.

Step 4. Optionally, you can click the Edit button to cut, crop, adjust volume or add subtitles. Or click the Settings button to change aspect ratio, resolution, FPS, etc.

Step 5. Once done, click the Browse button to choose a destination folder to save the converted file.

Step 6. Now, hit the RUN button to start converting AVI to MP4 MP4 format that is compatible with Mac QuickTime.

Convert MP4 to Mac
Convert MP4 to Mac

Step 7. Play AVI files on Mac with QuickTime. You can have the following ways.

Way 1. Drag and drop the converted AVI file to QuickTime Player to play on Mac.

Way 2. Double-click the converted AVI in the Finder on Mac, and QuickTime will open it immediately.

Way 3. Click File on the top bar menu and choose Open File. Then select a converted AVI file on your Mac, and click Open.

QuickTime Player also allows you to customize your AVI video playback on Mac. For example, you can drag the controls to play video or audio file. Adjust playback speed (2x, 5x, 10x, 30x, and 60x) by using the forward or rewind button. Click the picture-in-picture button to play AVI video while doing other tasks on your computer. And loop a video to make it play continuously.

Play AVI on Mac with QuickTime

Method 2. Use Third-party Mac AVI Player to Play AVI Files on Mac

Actually, QuickTime is not the only choice. There are many professional and powerful free third-party AVI players for Mac to help play kinds of AVI video files up to 4K. Here, we will introduce the top 3 Mac AVI players for you.

No.1: 5KPlayer

With diverse video audio codecs built-in, 5KPlayer needs no extra codec packs to play AVI files and other MP4, MKV, MOV, etc. videos on both Mac and Windows 11/10. It is a tailor-made 4K video player that can digest heavily-compressed and high-resolution videos with smooth performance.

Most of the time, you can only use QuickTime for media playback purpose. However, besides AVI media playback, 5KPlayer is a DVD player, TV/radio streamer, online video downloader, DLNA streamer, and AirPlay server which you can use to amplify the media experience to the most.

How to play AVI files on Mac with 5KPlayer?

Step 1. Free download 5KPlayer for Mac, install and launch it.

Step 2. Directly open AVI files on Mac with one of the following ways.

  • Drag and drop the AVI video to the main UI of 5KPlayer to play.
  • On the main UI of 5KPlayer, click the Video button and choose an AVI file on your Mac to play.
  • On the top bar of your Mac, click on File to choose “Open file” to add an AVI video to 5KPlayer to play.
Play AVI on Mac with 5KPlayer

No.2: Elmedia Player

This is another Mac AVI player ranking top on the searching list. It offers many features, an easy-to-use interface, and high format and codec compatibility. You can use it to open nearly any container file or codec including MP4, MKV, WMV, FLAC, M4A, WAV, OGG, etc. even in Full HD 4K and 8K video.

Besides playing AVI files on Mac in playlist, you can also do subtitle search, open additional audio and subtitle tracks and sync them up. By upgrading to Elmedia PRO, you can unlock features including streaming, video tuning and audio equalization, automated screenshotting and subtitle saving.

How to play AVI files on Mac with Elmedia Player?

Step 1. Free download, install and run the Elmedia Player app on your Mac.

Step 2. Go to Elmedia Player and play AVI videos on Mac with one of the below ways.

  • Drag and drop the AVI file on the player's window or directly onto the icon in the Dock;
  • Right-click the AVI file and choose "Open With:", then choose Elmedia Player from the list;
  • From the Main Menu, click on File and then Open to select the AVI file you wish to access.
Play AVI on Mac with Elmedia Player

No.3: IINA

INNA is a modern, free and open source media player tailor-made for macOS 10.11 and later. It has modern frame work, user interface as well as the functionalities. It adopts the post-Yosemite design language of macOS and keeps up the pace of new technologies like Force Touch, Touch Bar, Picture-in-Picture. Dark mode, etc.

As for the media playback ability, it plays anything including local and online videos, YouTube playlists, etc. So, playing AVI files on Mac with INNA is never easier.

How to play AVI files on Mac with INNA?

Step 1. Free download IINA media player, install and launch it on your Mac computer.

Step 2. Drag and drop the AVI video to the main UI of IINA to play.

Play AVI on Mac with INNA

Method 3. Install AVI Codec for Mac to Open AVI Files

As of now, the 3ivx® D4 CODEC is the only choice to beef up your QuickTime Player to directly play AVI videos on Mac. By installing the program and related developments, your QuickTime Player will have the ability to decode any types of AVI videos.

Step 1. Download and install the codec on your Mac from the website: https://www.3ivx.com/download/macos.html.

Step 2. Confirm that the 3ivx DIVX doctor is also installed from the URL: http://www.3ivx.com/divxdoctor/.

Step 3. Drag and drop the AVI file to QuickTime Player, and it will play the video on Mac with good view.

Download AVI Codec for Mac

Method 4. Fix the Corrupted AVI Files to Play on Mac

Sometimes AVI file not playing on Mac is because your AVI video is corrupted or damaged during transferring or downloading. Luckily, you can make use of VLC media player, which has a built-in function named "Repair AVI Files" to repair the AVI file and then play it on Mac without issues.

Step 1. Free download VLC media player, install and launch it on your Mac.

Step 2. Go to VLC and choose Preferences.

Step 3. In the new pop up window, navigate to the Input/Codecs section and choose Always fix in the drop down menu of Repair AVI Files. Then, click Save.

Step 4. After that, go back to the corrupted AVI file. Right-click on it and choose Open with VLC. Then, VLC will automatically fix it for you.

Step 5. Now, you can play the AVI files on Mac with QuickTime Player or VLC.

Fix Corrupted AVI File

Part 3. Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why can’t I play AVI files on my Mac?

AVI file not playing on Mac is because QuickTime Player doesn’t support the format and its codes by default.

2. How do I make QuickTime play AVI on Mac?

To play AVI files on Mac with QuickTime Player, you can install AVI codec for Mac or just convert AVI video to Mac-supported format, like AVI to MP4.

3. What video formats can QuickTime play?

QuickTime Player supports a number of formats, such as QuickTime movie files (MOV), most MPEG-4 files (MP4, M4V, M4A, MP3), MPEG-2, DV Stream, Mjpeg, and some audio files like WAV, AIFF, AAC. Among them, MOV, MP4, and M4V are the most suggested ones.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Peng

Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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