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    My PC "geek" friend sent me a video with a .avi suffix. So, I downloaded Windows Media Player for Mac (bleh!!!). When it still didn't work, he said I needed codecs (I still have no clue what those are), so he sent me a .RAR file (I think he's just trying to make this hard for me), and told me to decompress it. I don't know where to start...

    Is it really this confusing to play a simple video on a PC???

    Thanks in Advance

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    You should be able to use Apple's QuickTime Player to view the AVI's...
    http://www.apple.com/quicktime/specifications.html

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    I tried.. It said there was an error in the program. Either the file is corrupted or it is just a really, really strange format.

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    Odd...I had a friend send me a file with a *.psf format and it took me a while to decipher it. I had to hunt around for the program, which turned out to be a Arcsoft Photostudio file

    (there's always the run VPC and use the native Windows player option...)

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    I found an app on macdownload.com that converts .avi to .mov.. Maybe it's worth a shot. And, I found a .RAR decompressor... Yay!

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    Well, I'm getting a new error message now with Quicktime5 while trying to open an .avi file. "Quicktime does not have the software to open this; unfortunatley it's not available on the server" (or something like that). Anyone have any clue what that means?

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    Now - that sounds like it's missing one of those codec things...

    Can your friend try saving the file in MPEG format rather than AVI? (Heck - we have problems with Windows people sending Windows people AVI files that they can't decode)...?

    Aren't there some other (freeware) AVI players on the Mac side? Does RealPlayer do it? (just wondering - I haven't checked)...

    Chris

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    He sent me some codecs for Windows Media Player compressed in the .rar format. When I get the chance to unrar (new word?) them, I'll be able to tell if they are cross-platform codecs that are just placed in the WMP folder. If they're an .exe file, I'm not too sure what I'll do.

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    I am interested in this because I have some nerdy pc friends that use the stupid .avi and other 'standards'. I am never able to play them. Sometimes I get choppy audio though. I have seen many cases where on PC system will work with the file and another will not.

    It would really be nice is the rest of the world could use REAL standards like mpeg1 or the 'mov' QT standard. This M$ stuff SUCKS!

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    I found an app that allows you to play divx *.avi files through Windows Media Player 6.3 (not 7).
    Go here for more info: http://mac.divx.st/

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    The problem is that the .avi standard is only part of the .avi files. It gives the format that the file needs to be in for playing, but those files are very large. Yherefore codecs (COmpressor DECompressor) are used and as with all technology people keep tweaking codecs to get better/faster/smaller files. The media players are delivered with a standard set of codecs that exist at the time the modules were packaged for delivery, but many of the people who produce/create the videos are geeks and of course they like to play with the latest toys. Even of you have all the latest stuff, you may get a video next week that you can't play.

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