2 Methods to Play AVI on QuickTime for macOS 11/Windows 11

Outline: Failed to play AVI files with QuickTime on macOS 11 or Windows 11? Take it easy! Hivimoore offer two methods to make the QuickTime play AVI on macOS 11 and Windows 11.

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)

AVI has a huge subscriber base and if the format is not being played as it should then it disturbs the user who then dumps the program totally.

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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. Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare 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 13, iPad Pro, iPad Mini, Apple TV 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
  12. Supports 90X faster conversion speed than other standard converters.
  13. Support download/record videos from YouTube and other 10,000+ video sharing sites.
  14. Versatile toolbox includes fixing video metadata, GIF maker, casting video to TV, DVD burner, and screen recorder.
  15. Supported OS: Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista, macOS 11 Big Sur, 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7

Wondershare UniConverter 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.

Tips: For users who are interested in creating and editing a video fast and fun, visit Filmora X Review and Filmora X for Mac Review

Part One. Steps to Convert AVI to QuickTime on Windows

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


Step 1. Click the add files button in the upper-left corner to add the AVI files you want to convert. Or you can directly drag and drop them to the program’s main interface.

Play AVI in QuickTime

Note: You can add several files in one go as the converter supports batch conversion.

Step 2. Click the setting sign beside the Convert button and select the Video tab, choose QuickTime MOV in the left sidebar, and select the video resolution in the right to confirm the output format.

Play AVI in QuickTime

Step 3. Edit AVI video before conversion (Optional)
Let it be an adjustment to the volume, brightness, contrast, saturation, or adding subtitles to your AVI file, you can easily make use of the built-in editor. You can also preview the changes in real-time with the various effects included. Other editing features like Trim, Crop, Rotate videos are also enabled.

Step 4. After the format selection the Convert button or Start All button is to be pressed to complete the process in full and to get the outcome in line with the expectations.
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.

Play AVI in QuickTime

Extended Knowledge for AVI and MOV Format
File Extension AVI MOV
Category Video File Video File
Description AVI is a multimedia container that contains both audio and video data. It allows synchronous audio-with-video playback. AVI files support multiple streaming audio and video. MOV is a native file format introduced by Apple. It’s naturally supported and made compatible with all of the Mac-operating or based systems, programs, and software. It’s also playable on iOS devices.
Associated Programs Windows Media Player QuickTime Player
Developed by Microsoft Apple
MIME Type Video Video

Part Two. Steps to Convert AVI to QuickTime on Mac (macOS 12 Monterey)

Free download the professional UniConverter for Mac on your Mac, install and run it, the following will show the steps.


Step 1. Import AVI to the best Mac

You can either drag and drop your files to the primary interface or simply click on the Add Files icon in the top left corner to add AVI video files to this converter.

Note: Wondershare UniConverter for Mac (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac) supports batch conversion. You can import as many files as possible and convert them at one time to save your time.

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Step 2. Set QuickTime supported format as the output format

QuickTime supports playing MOV, MP4 and M4V so that you can select either one of them as your preferred output formats. Now click the Setting icon and choose Video, then choose MOV, MP4 or M4V. “Video” in the output pane at the bottom of the interface, and then navigate to choose MOV, MP4 and M4V as the output formats.

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Step 3. Play AVI on Mac

After setting the output formats, you can start converting AVI to quickTime supported format by clicking the Convert button. Once completes, you can go to the File Location folder (in the bottom) to get your converted files.

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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

Step 1. The user needs to visit http://www.perian.org/ to prepare for the process.

Step 2. The user then needs to download the Perian i.e. the Swiss Army knife for the QuickTime player.

Step 3. As the last step the QuickTime and all the related services are to be restarted. A complete system restart is recommended to get out of the issue and to finish the process in full.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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