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I have an .avi file that I wanted to play via Quick Time Player only.

But when I try to open an example .avi file, I get this error dialog pop-up given below:

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Note: I know that I can use advanced media players like VLC, Elmedia and so on which has support for .avi files.

But I still want to use Quick Time Player for all video extension files (including non-supported too).

Question: Is there any plugin which can be installed in Quick Time Player to support .avi files?

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    The only one I've ever know that could do this was Perian, but that is long gone. I very much doubt that will work on any Mac since Catalina. Even they recommend VLC in their farewell note. AVI is pretty much a dead format these days, so I don't see there being any great impetus for developers to add it now.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 14 at 11:59
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    Done. Wish you luck.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 14 at 12:11
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    @Tetsujin I was able to convert the avi to mp4 quite easily. It's working fine. I was able to open the file.
    – Anish B.
    Jan 14 at 12:16
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    Glad you got it - I do think sometimes it's easier to just flip your file type than fret over a compatibility aspect, especially if you're talking about some old movie or TV show in SD. The perceptual quality lost will be insignificant, compared to the convenience.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 14 at 12:19
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    @Tetsujin I was earlier facing difficulties to convert avi via ffmpeg. Somehow the converted file was not working. Then, I tried looking for any plugin if QT can support via that. I'm okay with handbrake. I can convert all the old tv shows which are in avi format.
    – Anish B.
    Jan 14 at 12:22

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The only one I've ever know that could do this was Perian, but that is long gone. I very much doubt that will work on any Mac since Catalina. Even they recommend VLC in their farewell note. AVI is pretty much a dead format these days, so I don't see there being any great impetus for developers to add it now.

tbh, I think your time would be better spent throwing the file at a converter if you insist on QT playback - such as Smart Converter will do it for free, with simple target settings. If you want finer control, you can't beat Handbrake.

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  • VLC, MPV and MPlayer can play most file formats, old and new, including AVI. They also support dozens of audio and video codecs.
    – pts
    Jan 14 at 16:37

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