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    Default What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    My son has an iMac and I was wondering what PC video file format will he be able to play without having to convert the file?
    The PC file formats I'm talking about are:
    .avi .mkv .mp4.

    I presume that he would have to install, on his iMac, the VLC video player to play the files.

    If the files have to be converted, what should they be converted to?
    What free program could I use to convert the files please?

    TIA

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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    If you use Quicktime this is what it supports. It may depend on the version of OSX that's installed on what it can play.

    Windows 7/8 can play MP4 natively, I think this is an Apple video format. According to this macs can play AVI and flv. Most formats except WMA and WMV. Which are Windows video formats

    If you're quick you could install this while its free for Windows It should convert to most formats. But you have to activate it before 26/11

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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    Just use VLC. Better program than Quicktime anyway
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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    You're all talking about container formats!!
    Inside those can be a variety of audio or video codecs. Natively QuickTime supports the AVI and MP4 container, with h.263 (DivX / XviD) and h.264 video, along with MP3 and AAC audio codecs.

    I don't recall if OSX or QuickTime on OSX supports the Matroska container (MKV) by default, but again VLC negates the issue.

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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    I went off VLC a while ago and now use Media player classic Black edition

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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    That won't work on OSX though ;-)

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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chilling_Silence View Post
    You're all talking about container formats!!
    Inside those can be a variety of audio or video codecs. Natively QuickTime supports the AVI and MP4 container, with h.263 (DivX / XviD) and h.264 video, along with MP3 and AAC audio codecs.

    I don't recall if OSX or QuickTime on OSX supports the Matroska container (MKV) by default, but again VLC negates the issue.
    QT doesnt support MKV, but will try convert and play. just tried it. VLC is probably the best on the mac,I also use niceplayer if i have issues with vlc.
    You can also download perian which is a codec pack for QT, its no longer supported but still works
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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    Oh, if you are after a converter try smartconverter, just drag and drop. It only changes what needs to be changed so a conversion could be as fast as 30 seconds
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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    My son has an iMac and I was wondering what PC video file format will he be able to play without having to convert the file?
    The PC file formats I'm talking about are:
    .avi .mkv .mp4.

    I presume that he would have to install, on his iMac, the VLC video player to play the files.

    If the files have to be converted, what should they be converted to?
    What free program could I use to convert the files please?

    TIA
    VLC would be your best bet. It's a good fallback for playing just about every video codec

    .mp4 files will play in QuickTime on Windows and Mac.

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    Default Re: What PC video files will play on an iMac please?

    I use many Macs, I use VLC for all my video files, I have only come across one file it would not play, but it was not a very common one.
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