2. Add QuickTime Plugin Perian for Playing AVI on Mac
If the above Mac AVI player is not your cup of tea, you can try installing Perian. Boasting the Swiss-army knife of QuickTime, Perian is a free open source QuickTime component that extends QuickTime support for many popular media types including AVI. With Perian, you can play AVI files on Mac with QuickTime in most of the time.
# Play AVI on Mac with QuickTime & Perian in Steps
Step 1. Download Perian from the official website.
Step 2. Double click the downloaded file to install it.
Note: You can navigate to "System Preferences" to check if Perian gets installed.
Step 3. Open the target AIV file with QuickTime as you usually do.
Tips: There more QuickTime plugins that supports playing AVI videos on Mac, for example, Xvid Delegate, 3ivX, DivX, DivX Decoder, Casio AVI Importer, AC3 Codec, Flip4Mac, etc. You can choose anyone you trust.
3. Convert AVI to Mac/QuickTime for Playback
To play AVI on Mac, you can also convert AVI to Mac QuickTime compatible file format like MOV, making AVI videos and movies playable on all native Mac media players. Here we use the much-praised MacX Video Converter Pro. This powerful Mac video converter supports fast converting between a diverse array of HD/SD formats, such as AVI to MOV, MKV to MP4, M2TS to AVI, MP4 to MP3, etc. Thus you are enabled to play any AVI videos on Mac OS X (OS X 10.11.4 included) with no effort.
# Tutorial on Converting AVI to MOV for Playback on Mac (QuickTime)
Step 1. Download MacX Video Converter Pro for Mac and launch it.
Step 2. Load target AVI files by clicking "Add File" on the main interface.
Step 3. Choose MOV as the output format.
Step 4. Hit "Browse" button to set output folder.
Step 5. Tap "Run" to start AVI to MOV converting.
After all done, you can play the converted AVI videos on Mac OS X with QuickTime or any other media players.