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How to Play AVI Files on Mac (macOS Sierra)?

2016-09-18 06:28:43 / Posted byMegan Charles to Free Follow @ Megan

“I have a lot of old .avi movies from the days when I was using a Windows PC. I’d like to play them on my Mac but I can’t seem to when running Mavericks. What should I do?”

To play AVI files on Mac, we need to get clear knowledge of what AVI format and its feature, and then choose a best AVI player Mac to play AVI movies on Mac smoothly.

AVI, Audio Video Interleaved, is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft as part of its Video for Windows software. To play AVI files, your player must support all of these codec. But like QuickTime is not support for playing AVI files and can’t recognize .avi files. This article would introduce three best AVI player Mac softwares, and show you the easiest and efficient way to play AVI files.

Part 1 Recommend Three Best AVI Player for Mac

1. Cisdem VideoPlayer

Cisdem VideoPlayer is 100% FREE video player for Mac to play video / audio files of more than 50 formats (including 4K/5K/1080p HD videos) with no codec packs Needed, like WMV, AVI, ASF, 3GP, MPG, MP4, M2T, MOV, MP3, OGG, and all popular HD video formats etc. It offers lots personalized video playing features, like load subtitle files automatically and manually, take snapshots, De-interlacing, set sound tracks, etc. All images are displayed clearly and crisply. It lets you enjoy smooth video playing without any bugs and a artifacts. Every image, every action, still or moving, is delicately displayed. In all, it is absolutely one of the best AVI player Mac that you shouldn’t miss out. 

Tips: This free AVI player enables you to make the video screen to the biggest ratio. You can just drag its corner to the bigger screen size. So that you can enjoy the best video playing experience.

2. QuickTime

QuickTime is popular multimedia technology with a built-in media player, lets you play and view Internet video, HD movie trailers, and personal media in a wide range of file formats. But QuickTime Player only natively plays AVI (Motion JPEG), is incapable of playing all .avi movies, otherwise you install plug-in like the Perian, which is a handy free program that enables your Mac to play almost any movie format including AVI files. So that you can play AVI files on Mac as easily as it does the native QuickTime video format.

Tips: However, the latest version 1.2.3 of Perian is not compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7). If you still rely on QuickTime to play AVI, I advise you to convert AVI to other format that QuickTime supported, like .mov, .mp4, .m4v, MPEG-1, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AVCHD, DV, etc. As to how to convert, I recommend a best tool to help you, you can read this article and find the answer. How to Convert AVI to MOV on Mac (QuickTime MOV Included)

3. VLC

VLC Media Player is a free AVI player, it supports playing multiple media formats, you are able to add subtitles to your video files, set the audio and video’s preferences as well, and easily control the playing process, but it comes with basic interface, less awesome video visual effect and less intuitive. Just launch the application and, in the resulting VLC media player window, drag in the movie you want to watch and it will start playing.

In Conlusion: I’d recommend to use Cisdem VideoPlayer as your best AVI player Mac. It comes with more intuitive interface and let you enjoy more crisp and higher definition video visual effect. It can lets you easily take a snapshots, resume media files, control play process, do you like this outstanding AVI player Mac? Come to download its free trial version and experience your AVI HD movies.


Download Cisdem VideoPlayer for AVI Video Play

Part 2 How to Play AVI Files on Mac (with Cisdem VideoPlayer)?

Step 1. Download and Launch Cisdem AVI Video Player on Mac.

Step 2. Drag AVI Movie to Cisdem AVI player Mac
Open this free AVI player, you can see a pretty crisp and elegant interface. Drag any format video directly from your movie folder to the app.

While playing one movie with this video player, but you want to watch another one, you can drag the second on to replace the first one and start your new watching.

Step 3. Play AVI Movie

Click the play button, and start to watch your AVI movie imported. If you want to replace to play the second video file, just drag-n-drop it to the playing screen, it would switch to the second one swiftly. 

 Lots of user-friendly tools you can direct it as below.  Look at the tool bar on the top menu, you can do some personalized setting with this professional AVI player on Mac.

1. In the "Audio" or  , you can choose stereo from Mono, Stereo, Left Channel, Right Channel.  
2. Use its feature of "Subtitle" and add external subtitles in .ASS, .SRT format and in the language you familiar.
3. Control the "Playback" progress, stop, step forward, step backward, take screen shot, etc.
4. Retain file open recently and playback at your will.
5. Click “Window”or the sign  at right top corner of the screen to check media info of the loaded video.
6. Don't forget to take a snapshot of the favorite video visual image as save for your wall paper or poster.

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