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    Question Watching AVI on mac

    I feel somewhat embarassed at asking this (as I used to be very up on Mac video software and what not) but here goes...
    I am trying to watch some .avi files on my Powerbook with Quicktime 5 pro.....however it tells me that it does not have the right compression files...and I cannot d'l them.

    So what to do? Is there another program I can use to either convert these files to .mov or .mpg (.mov prefered), or to view them? I am running 9.2.2, but I have OS X, does that make a difference? I don't think it should, but maybe it does.

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    Interesting - I have the same thing in Mac OS X. Perhaps there is something that Apple aren't telling us about the "AVI" decompression? My AVI was created using a PC quickcam video clip.

    I haven't found a solution yet.
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    Talking

    In regards to AVI on mac, you often would convert it as AVI (audio/video interleaving) is a Windows specifically spec rather than an industry spec like MPEG or RealAudio/RealVideo. (a dated but informative blurb at http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/...?tw=multimedia gives a little more insight)

    For OS X, I don't know of any specific decoders but http://swiki.cc.gatech.edu:8080/dvfx2000/91.history might be helpful. Given there is a decoder for Linux there must be one for BSD/Unix?

    Hope this helps.
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    I had a bit more of a look around..

    John McGowan's site had a couple of converters (http://www.jmcgowan.com/aviconvert.html) - so far the converters I've tried had either left out the sound or the video.

    Nope - didn't work - apparently the avi is encoded with newer codecs than those available to the converter. Might have to look at multiple steps. Haven't checked the *nix stuff out yet. Still trying to get my head around Project Builder to put front ends on stuff.

    Thanks for the help though.
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    Angry .avi for Mac

    I hear that there was a version of DivX for mac, and that it would play avi's in OS X. cnet.com had it in there d/l section, but I could never get it to d/l to my hard drive. Anyone have any experience with that?

    cnet also has a converter, but it wouldn't convert audio or video either.

    PS - I bought Quicktime Pro (still not sure if this was a waste or not) and it will not play avi either. Oh well
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    mmmmmmac

    this site might help as well..........

    http://www.macdivx.com



    codec for OS X which was released january 2nd 2002:

    http://divx.jamby.net/
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    Talking Mac DivX

    Thanks, I d/led Mac DivX, and it works! I had to use DivX Doctor to get the Audio and Video working right, but it does work under 9.2.2.

    Thanks again for all your help, AO wins again!
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    You say that like its a bad thing....
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