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How to Play AVI and DivX Files on Mac

By Emily Watson, Thursday, Jan. 07, 2016

"I copied a lot of .avi movies from my friends Windows PC. I'd like to play them with the QuickTime on my Mac but it seems that the AVI files and the OS X system don't see eye to eye. How can I play AVI on Mac?"

Why QuickTime Won't Play AVI Files?

AVI is a container format which is compressed by many kinds of codec, such as MJPEG (Motion JPEG), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX, XviD, WMV and others. Officially, QuickTime only natively plays AVI files encoded with Motion JPEG. This means that QuickTime won't play AVI videos encoded with DivX, XviD, WMV and other video codecs. However, most of the AVI movies are encoded with DivX or XviD codes. This is why you cannot play AVI on Mac.

How to Play AVI on Mac

You're not entirely out of luck, however. FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) can help you convert AVI to the format that supported by QuickTime. It can easily and quickly encode AVI to QuickTime compatible MOV format with simple steps. Also, it can convert AVI to iTunes, iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV. After conversion, you can not only watch AVI movies on Mac, but also on iOS devices or Apple TV.

Free download the trial version of the program and give it a shot.


1. Add AVI videos to the program

Download the program and have a quick installation. Open the program. Then click "Add File" button to import AVI files you want to play on Mac. Or simply drag and drop your AVI videos into the converter.

Add AVI Videos to FonePaw Video Converter

2. Set output format

Click on "Profile" drop-down. Move to "QuickTime Movie Format" and select a format you need from the list.

If necessary, you can choose other format from General Video, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, etc.

Set Output Format on Mac

3. Adjust settings (Optional)

You can click the Settings icon and adjust the video bitrate, codec, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc. parameters.

Adjust Settings

4. Start conversion

When all settings are done, simply hit "Convert" at the lower-right corner of its interface. After conversion, you can easily open AVI on Mac and play it on QuickTime or iTunes.

Start to Convert Videos on Mac


FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) completely solves the problem on how to play AVI on Mac OS X EI Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks and Lion. With this program, you are also entitled to convert other videos on Mac, such as converting WMV to MOV on Mac and converting MP4 to MOV on Mac.



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