Enjoy AVI on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Outline: Here I will introduce to you a couple of simple solutions that will make AVI played on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan easier and happier.

The AVI format, short for Audio video interleave, was first developed by Microsoft in the early 1990s. Containing high video and audio quality files, AVI is one of our best choices for media enjoyment. Many avi videos are also from camera.

As you know, playing an AVI file on Windows computer is very easy since from Window Media Player to most of the general media players all well support this format. But, there is not a standard or buit-in AVI player for Mac. QuickTime is the first player on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, but you should know QuickTime support playing AVI directly, and nor other popular Mac media players could. Then how to play AVI files on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan?

Next we will show you two ways to play AVI Files on Mac with QuickTime.

QuickTime is an extensible multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc., capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. The classic version of QuickTime is available for Windows XP and later, as well as Mac OS X Leopard and later operating systems. A more recent version, QuickTime X, is currently available on Mac OS X Snow Leopard and newer. However, it doesn’t support playing AVI files directly. So you’d better encode AVI to QuickTime supported video format, or install a QuickTime plug-in.

Method 1: Encode AVI to QuickTime compatible formats

According to our tests, one excellent AVI to QuickTime converter is highly recommended to you - iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. It can easily and quickly Encode AVI to QuickTime compatible .mov format with simple steps, and the entire conversion is clean and safe. After that, you can not only watch AVI on Mac smoothly, but also transfer the files into iTunes and sync with your iPhone,  iPad, etc for playback on the go. You can read Top 5 Free Best Video Player for Mac to learn more.

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Now follow the guides to change AVI to QuickTime playble formats.


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How to Make AVI videos playback on QuickTime

Step 1: Click "Add video" button to import MP4 files which you want to transfer to QuickTime. Or simply drop your AVI videos into the converter.

Step 2: Set output video format as MOV - QuickTime(*.mov) under Format > Common Video.

Tip: Before conversion, you can click the Settings icon and adjust the video bitrate, codec, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc parameters.

Step 3: Finally, tap the "Start conversion" button at the bottom right corner to start the AVI to QuickTime conversion. After the conversion, you can get the encoded files under "Open" panel. Import the converted MOV files to play in QuickTime.

Method 2. Install a plug-in for QuickTime

If the above solution is not your want choice, we also would like to tell you other way such as a plug-in. Among all of these Quicktime components, we choose to introduce Perian which is a open source plug-in that support AVI as well as DIVX, FLV, MKV, GVI, VP6 and VFW. You can Download Perian from its official site. With it, you can play  AVI files on Mac with QuickTime fluently.

Plus: There are more QuickTime plug-ins that support playing AVI files on Mac, like 3ivX codec, A52 codec, AC3 codec, DivX for Mac codec, Flip4Mac, etc. You can have a try.


You can also choose a third party media player to play AVI files on Mac, including VLCMPlayer, and more. (VLC media player cannot play HD AVI videos and does not optimized for the new Mavericks.)(Any remaining AVIs not compatible with the above two, should be able to be handled by Mac OS 9 QuickTime (QuickTime 7)).


While there are other apps or addons that will let you play AVI on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, we had the best experience with two methods mentioned above. If you're looking for what is probably the easiest way to stream AVI video on Mac, the top AVI Video Converter for Mac is definitely the way to go.

OK, hopefully this has provided much insight on how you should go about playing AVI file on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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