How to Play AVI Files on macOS Sierra

Published on by Chris King

Unable to play AVI files on your macOS Sierra? This article tells you how to play AVI on macOS Sierra with two possible solutions. Find it.

How to Play AVI Files on macOS Sierra

After updating your system to macOS Sierra, you may find your AVI files couldn't be played. The reason is that AVI is not a Mac native format and Perian, a plug-in used to play Mac unsupported formats, doesn't support macOS Sierra and there is no upgrade news now. How to solve this problem? Well, to help more and more macOS Sierra users to resolve the issues, we will outline two methods which enables you to play AVI on macOS Sierra easily.

Method 1. Play AVI on macOS Sierra with QuickTime

As we know, when QuickTime opens an .AVI file, it checks to see which codecs were used to encode the audio and video tracks within it. For example, an .AVI file may contain a video track encoded in the Cinepak codec and an audio track encoded with the ALaw 2:1 codec. If both the audio and the video were compressed using a codec that QuickTime can use, the file will play normally. So, install QuickTime 7 Pro, open the AVI file in QuickTime Player for playback.

Note: If the .AVI file is encoded using a codec that is not included with QuickTime, you need to find and add that codec so QuickTime can play media encoded with it, or your AVI movies won't be played.

Method 2. Convert AVI videos to macOS Sierra supported formats

For those who don't wanan spend time looking for third-party QuickTime components to play AVI on macOS Sierra in QuickTime, here is the alternative suggestion: download and install Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

It is a great application that helps you to convert and play AVI on macOS Sierra in an extremely easy way. It enables you converter AVI videos to macOS Sierra supported formats like MOV and MP4 with both rather fast speed and original quality. Except from converting AVI video, this tool supports the conversion of more than 70 popular video formats MKV, WMV, FLV, MPEG, VOB, TiVo on macOS Sierra. Below is the step-by-step guide that shows you how to encode AVI files to macOS Sierra compatible videos.

1. Import AVI videos

Launch the AVI Converter for macOS Sierra. You can directly drag local AVI videos into the program window or click "Add" button in the bottom left to import AVI files.

2. Choose Yosemite friendly format

Click Format bar and select "MOV" or "MP4" from the "Common Video", which are fully compatible with Yosemite and Quick Time. QuickTime Movie Format" format is also an optimal choice.

P.S. This Video Converter for macOS Sierra also helps you to convert videos to mobile devices supported formats, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, etc.

3. Start converting AVI on macOS Sierra

In the end, you just need to click the "Convert" button start the conversion. When the converting process ends, you can open output folder to check and play converted AVI videos on your macOS Sierra. It would be easy for you to enjoy the converted AVI with Quick Time with original quality.

Editor’s Note: If you don’t want to install too many players on your Mac and want to stick with iTunes or QuickTime player for watching movies, we highly recommend this solution.

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