PDA

View Full Version : Can we open avi files?


raydouble
04-08-2005, 03:34 AM
hmm.. i dont know...

AltronTex
04-08-2005, 03:43 AM
I can... Google "VLC"

hitsuzen
04-08-2005, 03:51 AM
Open with quicktime? of course. just need the right codecs like divx (http://www.divx.com/divx/mac/) and 3ivx (http://www.3ivx.com/download/macos.html) or just download VLC (http://www.videolan.org/)

staypuft
04-08-2005, 07:13 AM
of course. just need the right codecsWhile this is true, not all codecs that can be used in .AVIs are available on the Mac. For instance the latest WMV codec. I would imagine that the next WMP for Mac that MS releases will take care of that, but as of right now the answer is... We can play most AVIs but not all. I use VLC
http://videolan.org/
for almost all of my AVI viewing needs.

Charles Bronson
04-08-2005, 07:46 AM
Will these AVI files preserve alpha channels exported from Strata on a PC if imported into After Effects on a mac?

hitsuzen
04-08-2005, 08:38 AM
Will these AVI files preserve alpha channels exported from Strata on a PC if imported into After Effects on a mac?

While I have never used Strata,I'm assumimg it's a 3D app, If you were to check on the "Alpha channel" box before rendering the avi's, it should appear in After Effects or other Compositing tool. AE should be able to detect it when you import these files. but again I'm not sure.

In my case, using Alias Maya, I prefer to use Sequential tiff or Sequential iff file format for rendering If I'm going to bring it into a compositing software,checking on the boxes to preserve alpha and depth channels, again in my case it's either Shake or Combustion. I use formats like avi or
compressed mov files for preview purposes only.

staypuft is right, you still cant play wmv9 and mkv files in quicktime.
while it's easier to just download VLC to play these files, In my case, sometimes I need to bring these files into software like Shake, FCP,
DVD studio pro, and if quicktime can play them , so will these other apps.

seagull
04-08-2005, 03:43 PM
raydouble: please describe your problem in more detail when posting, it makes it that much simpler for the rest of us to provide assistance :o

I just want to inform you of this:
.avi files can be coded with all kinds of different codecs, both for audio and video. avi stands for audio-video-interleaved which means that it is a file format that is just a container for audio/video-content. For example, the audio can be mp3 or ogg while the video is divx, xvid or 3ivx. However, as several of the other posters have suggested, VLC takes care of most of the .avi files you will encounter, I strongly recommend that you try it out.

Best regards
-seagull

raydouble
04-08-2005, 04:11 PM
raydouble: please describe your problem in more detail when posting, it makes it that much simpler for the rest of us to provide assistance :o

I just want to inform you of this:
.avi files can be coded with all kinds of different codecs, both for audio and video. avi stands for audio-video-interleaved which means that it is a file format that is just a container for audio/video-content. For example, the audio can be mp3 or ogg while the video is divx, xvid or 3ivx. However, as several of the other posters have suggested, VLC takes care of most of the .avi files you will encounter, I strongly recommend that you try it out.

Best regards
-seagull
I got the answer I was looking for with my question.

Sorry, I'll be more detailed next time. :) :)