2 Methods to Play AVI on QuickTime for macOS Sierra/Windows 10

Outline: Failed to play AVI files with QuickTime on macOS Sierra or Windows 10? Take it easy! Hivimoore offer two methods to make the QuickTime play AVI on macOS Sierra and Windows 10.

As a container format, AVI (Audio Video Interleaved) is not a specific type of file and there is no single codec for videos with .avi externsions, the video in AVI file can be compressed by many kinds of codec, such as MJPEG(Motion JPEG), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX, XviD, WMV and others. So far, no matter you are Windows user or Mac user, QuickTime only natively plays AVI files with MJPEG video, so most AVI movie file can’t be recognized by our QuickTime Player. (QuickTime Support File Formats)

As we known, QuickTime player supports MOV well. If you want to play AVI on QuickTime, Hivimoore Studio offers two safely and quickly methods:

  1. Get AVI to QuickTime Converter (Windows and Mac)
  2. Get QuickTime Component: Perian (Only Mac)

Method 1. To Play AVI on QuickTime for Windows/Mac users – Get AVI to QuickTime Converter

There are many kinds of AVI to MOV converter software in the market. The output video quality and the converting speed must be the key factors that you should be looking out for. Hivimoore Video Converter Ultimate provides Windows/Mac users the easiest and smartest way to convert AVI to QuickTime MOV and play AVI files on QuickTime, iPhone (7/7 plus), iPad (Pro), iPad Mini (5), Apple TV (4) as well as other all MOV-compatible applications. Equipped with high quality engine and hyper threading technology, even support Multi-core CPU and hardware encoding technology, this AVI to QuickTime converter for Windows/Mac can convert AVI to MOV format without suffering any quality loss, up to 30X faster than other converters in the market. 

Except for the above features as a professional AVI to QuickTime Converter, Hivimoore AVI to QuickTime Converter also has the following powerful functions to make your digital life easy, fast and comfortable:

  1. Supports converting AVI to QuickTime MOV, FLV, MP4, WMV, M4V, 3GP, VOB and more standard/HD/3D video formats
  2. Supports converting QuickTime videos to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, FLV, SWF, H.265, MPG, 4K, 3D video and so on
  3. Supports changing nearly all kinds of common and HD videos formats like MP4, MOV, M4V, MKV, WMV, FLV, MXF, 3GP, AVCHD, OGV, Tivo, VOB, MPG, WebM to MOV for playback in QuickTime
  4. Supports decode H.265 and other 4K videos to MOV for playback on QuickTime
  5. Supports encode AVI and other videos to H.265 MP4 or MKV
  6. Supports converting almost all Audio files like WAV, WMA, AU, DTS, MPC, MP2, OGG, RA, etc to QuickTime recognized MP3, AAC, AIFF, M4A and Apple LossLess
  7. Supports extracting Audio files from AVI and almost all video formats if you just need the voice and want to remove the image
  8. Supports downloading online videos and converting the downloaded videos to play them in QuickTime, Windows Media Player, VLC, iTunes, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Android, VR Headsets, Game Consoles, Smart TVs, Projectors and any HD Media Players, etc.
  9. Supports burning AVI and other standard/HD/4K/3D video to DVD
  10. Supports editing AVI videos like trim, crop, add subtitle/watermark/effect, adjust bitrate/volume, change channel, merge files, split by chapter, rotate, etc.
  11. Supports batch conversion

Hivimoore Video Converter Ultimate for Windows or Mac is complete video management software that allows you to download, burn, convert and stream the video files quickly with much ease. It’s available both in the paid and trial version. So you can try out our software before making any investment.

Part One. Steps to Convert AVI to QuickTime on Windows (Windows 10)

Free download the professional AVI to QuickTime Converter on your Windows, install and run it, the following will show the steps. 

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Step 1. Import AVI to the program 

After launching the program, open the local folder where you’ve saved the AVI file, then drag and drop it to the main interface of the program. The file will be imported immediately. Alternatively, you can go to the “Add File” button to import your AVI files. 

play AVI on QuickTime 

Step 2. Choose MOV as the QuickTime output format 

Open this app’s output format window by either hitting the drop-down format list or hitting the format image. Then just select “MOV”, QuickTime natively-supported format, from the “Video” category. 

play AVI on QuickTime 

Tips: Before conversion, you can use of the built-in editor to adjust the volume, brightness, contrast, saturation or inserts of subtitle to your AVI file. You can also preview the changes real-time with the various effects included. 

Step 3. Start the AVI to QuickTime MOV video conversion 

Just perform video conversion by pressing “Convert” button in the bottom right hand corner of the current user interface. When all of these tasks are finished, there will be a note popping up and prompting you. 

Quickly find these converted files by pressing the “Open Folder” button at the bottom of the current interface, and then drag the converted AVI into QuickTime player to play. You’ll find these files can be played without quality loss.

Part Two. Steps to Convert AVI to QuickTime on Mac (macOS Sierra)

Free download the professional AVI to QuickTime Converter on your Mac, install and run it, the following will show the steps. 

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Step 1. Import AVI to the program 

After running the Mac AVI to QuickTime converter, you can drag the desired AVI video file in the interface. You can also use the “Add Files” button to add the AVI video files from the file explorer. 

play AVI on QuickTime

Tips: If you want to change the output folder for the resultant file, then please specify the new location in the output folder section. 

Step 2. Set output format to MOV 

Click on “Output Format” and go to the Format list. After that, select “MOV” out of the Video’s category. Other than that, you will be able to find various preset settings for iOS devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV and Mac OS applications such as iMovie, iDVD, Final Cut Pro. That means you can choose your output format directly according to your device or playback preference. 

Step 3. Click “Convert” 

After making all the above settings, the last step is to start converting your loaded AVI files to MOV for QuickTime player. Click on the “Convert” button to start the conversion process quickly.

Method 2. To Play AVI on QuickTime for Mac users – Get QuickTime Component: Perian

The QuickTime player is mostly used in Mac OS, if you don’t want to use the first solution to convert AVI movie files to QuickTime MOV on Mac, you can try this solution, but no 100% work guarantee. 

Perian is a open-source software app that makes viewing your media files easier. Basically, Perian enables QuickTime application support for a wide variety of media files. It installs easily as long as you have no software already installed that can conflict with Perian. So, before installing Perian, you need to remove all QuickTime Components installed on your Mac, like FFusion, Xvid Delegate, 3ivX, DivX, DivX Decoder, XviD, msmpeg4v1, msmpeg4v2, AviImporter, EX_M4S2, Casio AVI Importer, AC3 Codec, and MatroskaQT. 

It’s important to note that Perian does not work with QuickTime 10 or above, and the development team for Perian will cease updates in the near future to move to another project. Still, if you use earlier versions of QuickTime 7 and run into file format issues (especially on migrated files), then Perian is a must-have. Its support for a huge number of file formats makes this a useful utility for most people. 

Plus, the latest version 1.2.3 of Perian doesn’t work on Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and the latest macOS Sierra because Perian requires installation of Quicktime 7, which doesn’t exist for Mavericks and above. 

Download Perian

You can try other AVI Players for Mac

1. VLC Player 

This app is a popular Mac AVI Player. Beware though that the quality of AVI playback with VLC player certainly needs an improvement, and the app itself consumes quite a bit of CPU memory. 

Download Mac 

2. MPlayerX 

In comparison to the VLC media player, MPlayerX is not that popular. However, it is still one of the most widely used video players among the Mac users. It plays most of the popular file formats including the MPEG, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMA, WMV, VIVO, QT, MOV, MP4, OGG, OGM, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo and much more. You can use it to play AVI on Mavericks or Mountain Lion easily. 

Download Mac 

3. UMPlayer 

Universal Media Player (UMPlayer) like VLC is an open-source media player which has inbuilt codecs to play .avi, .mkv and can play .webm video on Mac OS. 

Download Mac 

Bottom Line: If you want to play AVI on QuickTime and run macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Hivimoore Video Converter Ultimate (both Windows and Mac) is highly recommended, support the latest macOS Sierra and Windows 10. 

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