How to play AVI Files on Mac

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With the growing number of Apple Mac users the app market has to follow their wishes and satisfy ever-increasing as well as more picky needs. Eltima Software keeps the search of new, effective and winning ways to enrich Mac OS functionality. Our focus, multimedia player development, inspired us to create Elmedia Player, the best free AVI player for Mac.
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55.24MB free space. Version 7.4(1816). (30th Jun, 2019). 4.9 Rank based on 378+ users

Elmedia Player is one of the tools that makes you free from any possible issues related to playback AVI format on Mac. This free AVI player seamlessly works with such formats as FLV, MP4, AVI, MOV, MP4, DAT, MP3, etc.


Follow these simple steps to run your AVI file on Mac:

  1. AVI player free download. To install free AVI player on your computer or gadget click "Download" button on this page. Drag and drop the DMG file to the Applications folder on your device.

  2. Elmedia Player
  3. Launching. Open Elmedia Player on your Mac.
  4. Playing AVI files. Simply play your favorite videos in AVI format. To add an AVI file to your Elmedia Player library choose one of these ways:

    • ★ Drag and drop your AVI item to the application window. You can also move it to the Elmedia icon in the Dock.
    • ★ Select "Open With" command in the Finder tab on your Mac by right-clicking the AVI file.
    • ★ Click on the "File" tab in the main menu and select "Open...".

PRO version of the free AVI player gives you a possibility to make a screenshot of any scene in your video file. You can also make series of screenshots out of the whole movie and save images in TIFF, PNG, or GIF formats. Free AVI player for Mac, Elmedia Player can help you create bookmarks in the playing video (select Playback-> Bookmarks -> Bookmark Current Position). You can take use of AirPlay possibilities by sending music and movies from Mac to Mac, from Mac to iOS devices and back from iOS to Mac. Simply and quickly. You can also download video files and even the whole playlists from the Internet.

One of its tasks is to play AVI files on Mac. It’s an open-source software that fits almost all known Mac devices. VLC Player is used for AVI, MP4, MP3 and other popular formats. Its main advantages include filters for audio and video as well as subtitle synchronisation. But keep in mind that the player can’t provide top quality of AVI files playback and you are required to find enough CPU memory for the app.

To playback AVI video files on Mac together with MPEG, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMA, WMV, VIVO, QT, MOV, MP4, OGG and other formats you can use MPlayerX. Its main benefit is a smooth playback without losses in the video quality. To start a video just pull up your file to the player and the playback begins automatically. The player features FFmpeg and Mplayer, so it’s suitable with different media files. MPlayerX allows you to browse video sharing websites and playback files in a browser mode.

AVI Format Overview

AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is a Microsoft Corp. product that dates back in 1992. AVI files feature audio and video details which make it possible to synchronise audio with video in one playback. In AVI format multimedia files get compressed with different media codecs and are played out with Windows Media Player if proper tools are available on the device. AVI format is a commonplace size for audio and video playback.

Unlike such formats as MP3 or JPG, AVI is known as a container where video/audio data get compressed with different codecs. AVI files can contain different kinds of compressed data e.g.

DivX video, WMA audio or Indeo video and PCM audio, depending on the codec used. Recording in AVI format can be made both with and without compression. To encode data in AVI, it is usually used Motion JPEG codec. It supports such compression formats as Microsoft Video 1 which only works with 8- and 16-bit color, Microsoft RLE, it’s good only for 8-bit color, Indeo, and Cinepak Editable MPEG that only uses I-frames. Most often the data in the AVI container are encoded as well as decoded by using the DivX codec.

All players in Windows operating system understand and reproduce the AVI format.

But it does not support audio streams with variable bitrate (VBR). The creators managed to implement VBR of MP3 tracks, but audio in Ogg Vorbis format is not available.

Data in AVI format can be easily exported to other formats.

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Elmedia Player

Requirements: OS X 10.9++ , 55.24MB free space
Version 7.4(1816) (30th Jun, 2019) Release notes