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AVI Player: How to Play AVI Files on Mac and Windows

Nov. 15, 2013 10:59 am / Posted by Amelia Thompson to Video Tips
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AVI was initially made for encoding and decoding in an individual, frame-by-frame basis, which was introduced by Microsoft. AVI is a container format that can include almost any video compression format, including Motion JPEG, MPEG-4 video and so on. However, the AVI incompatibility is usually caused by these complicated compression schemes. In that case, you are going to need an AVI player for Mac/Windows or you'll have to convert AVI file into another format that will work with your computer players.

Here are alternative solutions to get an AVI player for Mac/Windows or try the faster Video Converter for Mac/Windows to convert AVI videos to make them playable on any media player.

Solution 1. Use QuickTime AVI Player for Mac and Windows

For Mac users, you can still play some AVI files on Mac with QuickTime. When you try using QuickTime to play AVI videos, it will automatically convert AVI video to MOV which can be played successfully. For Windows users, you can also download the Windows version of QuickTime player to play AVI files on Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. However, there's a big disadvantage of the QuickTime AVI player – it takes too much time for converting before playing AVI with QuickTime.

Solution 2. Apply for VLC Media Player for Mac and Windows

VLC player is another robust AVI files player including both Mac and Windows version for you to play AVI videos. It is considered to be a universal media player which provides support for a wide variety of file formats like AVI, MOV, WMV, MKV, M4K, FLV, AVI, MTS, M2TS, VOB and more. However, it only supports 64-bit system.

Solution 3. Convert AVI Files with Video Converter for Mac and Windows

Video Converter for Mac and Video Converter for Windows are professional and easy-to-handle software for you to convert AVI to any formats that work for media player on your Mac or Windows computer. More importantly, you are able to play AVI files with a built-in player in Video Converter for Mac and Windows.

Learn to convert AVI files as following steps:

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Tips: For Windows users, turn to how to convert AVI in Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista here.

For the detailed information of three solutions to play AVI files on Mac and Windows, Video Converter for Mac/Windows is recommended since you can play the files converted freely, including other device and Apple products.

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