How to Convert AVI to MOV on Mac

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Have troubles playing AVI on Mac default player (QuickTime) because of codec issues? Usually, QuickTime will say avi not working. The problem is, QuickTime will only play AVI files that have audio and video compressed by a codec QuickTime recognizes. If that doesn’;t describe your file, you won’;t be able to play AVI smoothly on QuickTime. In fact, many Mac users, who upgraded their Macs to Lion or Mountain Lion, have figured out that QuickTime X can’;t even recognize their AVI videos which used to play smoothly in previous versions. What to do? Since AVI is one of the most widely used video formats period, it’;s depressing when you can’;t play AVI on Mac. Is there any easy way to fix this problem? Definitely! Below are two seperate solutions to open AVI files on Mac: Video Converter for Mac, Perian. Find the one that fits you best.

Solution 1.Convert AVI to MOV on Mac

This solution enables you to play AVI on QuickTime (Mac default player) without any trouble, no componet and additioanl media player required. You can use Video Converter for Mac, which helps you easily and quickly convert AVI to QuickTime compatible formats like MOV, MP4 and M4V. After that, you can not only play AVI on QuickTime smoothly, but also transfer the files to your iPhone, iPod or iPad for playback and so on.

Step 1: Load videos

Launch Imelfin video converter for Mac. Click the Add Files button to load video or audio files from your computer or other devices like USB device, camcorder, MP4 player, etc. You can also directly drag the files you want to convert to the main interface. Note that batch conversion is supported so you can add as many files as you like at one time.

video converter main interface

Step 2: Select “MOV” as output format

select the format you want from the drop-down list.This software can convert video to various video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, AVI, WMV, 3GP, etc. and video presets for portable devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung, HTC, PSP, Xbox 360 and more are provided to let you convert videos to fit your devices. You also can click “Settings” to customize the output settings in details.

Step 3: Convert your files

When you’;re ready, click the Convert button to convert video. While converting videos, you can preview the video and set the actions like shut down computer and open output folder when conversion is completed.

Solution 2.Get Mac Perian—QuickTime Component

 Perian: one of the players for AVI files, is a free QuickTime component which adds native support for a good number of popular video formats. The current    version (1.2.3) of Mac Perian is compatible with Snow Leopard and it works for most of the AVI videos. You can download Perian for Mac here.

 Note: The latest version 1.2.3 of Perian doesn’;t work on Mac OS X Mountain Lion because Perian requires installation of quicktime 7, which doesnt exist for Mountain Lion. It also doesn’;t work on Mac OS X Lion. So if you have a Mac running Mac OS X 10.7, say, Lion, you have to downgrade the previous version, say 1.2.2. The version of 1.2.3 of Perian does not support QuickTime 10 in Lion and fails to fix the loss of audio after one second in xvid files with ac3. So if you have a Mac with Lion or Mountain Lion, converting video to QuickTime is highly recommended.


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