For those with the answer, I salute you...

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Joined: Jan 23 2005
Posts: 595

Okay, I never thought it would come to this, but I am unable to view videos on my Mac.

You may ask, "How could this be? The Mac is wonderful!"

And I concur, the Mac is wonderful! The Mac should be able to play these videos for me, but it won't!

"Wait just a minute," you say, "What videos?"

The videos at this link:

I have Quicktime 6 installed on my Macintosh and it will play the audio portion of the videos but not the video portion. I think you'll agree that video's are not much fun if you can't actually see them.

Anyway, these videos were purported to be of the DivX variety. As such, I downloaded and installed DivX 5.1 & DivX 5.1.1... Still, nothing!

I whined and complained that I couldn't see the videos and was informed that they were VIDX and not DivX. Huh?

All I can say is: HELP!!!

How can I view these videos? What do I need? (Aside from psychiatric help!)


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martakz's picture
Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 634
Easiest way is to download th

Easiest way is to download them to your disk and open them in VLC.

Quicktime has a bug with avi files. If you want to view them to quicktime, you could try first running them through the divx doctor:

The should play fine in windows media player for mac btw Wink

Also, get rid of the divx codec and install the 3ivx codec, avaliable at


Now using x86 machines. Bye bye iMac266 (Strawberry), G3 1400 and the G3 IIsi.

Joined: Dec 20 2003
Posts: 361
I downloaded one and played i

I downloaded one and played it with Quicktime so I'm guessing that likely you're minus a plugin necessary for play them. By itself Quicktime only plays a limited variety of formats. Get the right plugins and you can play most things.
Here's a list of the free plugins I'm using.

3ivx D4 4.5.1 for OSX
AC3 Codec.component
DivX 5.component
Microcosm Decode.component
SheerVideo™ Reader.qtx

You can find a lot of them at Version tracker. I'd suspect the DivX or 3ivx plugin might be the one you need


Joined: Jan 23 2005
Posts: 595
As always...

As always, the people of Applefritter come through with flying colours.

My hat's off to you; I salute you!

In other words, you provided the solution I needed and I am forever in your debt.

Thank you.