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How to Play AVI Videos on MacBook(Air, Pro, iMac)?

Without any doubt, AVI is one of the most widespread formats used for encoding movies, TV shows, home video, and educational materials. However, it is not the best option for Macbook(Air, Pro, iMac) users, because AVI files will only play on Mac computer if they are encoded using QuickTime codec, which is not usually the case. Media player for Mac QuickTime won't play AVI on MacBook? Fail to play AVI videos on your MacBook(Air, Pro, iMac) over and over? Is there any way to play AVI on MacBook (Pro, Air, iMac) running macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, etc? Find out answers below.

Option 1: Play AVI on MacBook(Air, Pro, iMac) with A Smart AVI Player

Fortunately there are some ways to get your AVI video files working with third party software or plugins. So read on to find out how to watch AVI files on your Mac!

You can download a Quicktime plugin called Perian, which will add onto Quicktime, allowing Quicktime Media Player to play many other file types, including AVI. So if you want to give it a try simply download the plugin by clicking on the link: http://perian.cachefly.net/Perian_1.2.3.dmg. Once installed, Perian will show up as a pane in the system preferences, and you will now be able to watch AVI files using Quicktime!

Another option to play AVI files on MacBook(Air, Pro, iMac) is to download the VLC player, which is an open-source media player that plays many more file types than Quicktime. To download the application for free click here. Once downloaded, simply right-click on the AVI file you want to play and select “open with > VLC player” and the file will played on Macbook(Air, Pro, iMac) without any problem.

In fact, you have many other AVI players to choose from for playing video formatted AVI on MacBook(Air, Pro, iMac). This post provides you top 10 best AVI players on Mac, you can choose one you like: 10 Must-Know Popular AVI Players for Mac.

Option 2: Play AVI on MacBook(Air, Pro, iMac) Freely with Any Media Player

To make your AVI movies compatible with your Apple systems and devices, you can convert AVI format to QuickTime supported formats MOV or another multimedia format supported by Apple, such as MP4 that is widely accepted video format for VLC, KMPlayer etc. In this case, you need to find an easy-to-use video converter to complete this task.

When it comes to the number of supported file formats, Pavtube Video Converter for Mac certainly doesn't disappoint. This software can convert any format videos to another video and audio format with super fast conversion speed and do some simple editing work before output so that you can enjoy your AVI videos on MacBook(Air, Pro, iMac) better finally. Since Pavtube Video Converter for Mac enables users to adjust Audio/Video parameters so that you can compress 4K AVI to 1080p MP4/MOV/MKV, etc. and also can upscale 1080p AVI to 4K MP4/MKV/MOV, etc. (Review)

It can be downloaded for macOS High Sierra, meaning that you can play AVI files on MacBook(Air, Pro, iMac) with macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, 10.11 El Capitan, Yosemite, etc. with the cutting-edge AVI video converter.

Download Window version: Pavtube Video Converter.

Steps to Convert AVI for Smooth Playback on MacBook(Pro/Air/iMac)

Step 1. Load AVI files

Click "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" button to load your source AVI video files. "Drag-and-Drop" and "Batch Conversion" features are also supported.

add video

Step 2: Choose output format

This AVI to MacBook Video Converter offers multiple video and audio formats. You can choose any one you need. If you want to play AVI on QuickTime, you can choose QuickTime MOV format.  To play AVI video movie files on MacBook Pro/Air/iMac, you can also select "MP4" video format from "Common Video" or "HD Video" category to convert AVI to MP4.


Before start to convert AVI videos for MacBook(Pro/Air/iMac)

1. To achieve best video and audio playback, you could click the “Settings” button to customize output video quality like resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio channel, etc.

2. If you want to edit AVI videos for fun or for other purposes, try the video editor. Find "Edit" on menu bar and click it, then the "Video Editor" will pop up. Click the "Trim" tab to get the AVI video clip you want to save and convert; the "Crop" tab allows you to cut off black bars that affect visual effect; click "Subtitle" tab to insert subtitles into your videos, etc.

video converter mac editing interface

Step 3: Begin AVI video conversion process

When you're ready, move on and begin converting AVI to MacBook with a click of the red "Convert" button at the lower right corner of program main screen. Before you click the "Convert" button, you may select "Browse" behind "Format" to select a path to save the output file. You just specify a local folder for the output file, and then close it.

After the conversion, you can click Open output folder to popup output directory with the converted files.

Now, you can stream your converted AVI videos to MacBook(Pro/Air/iMac) for playback or uploading to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Google Drive or Dropbox, etc.

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