Convert AVI to MOV

Nov 16, 2009 - 36 Comments

The easiest free way to convert an AVI file to MOV format in Mac OS X is by using the Perian plugin for QuickTime, here’s a step by step guide of what you’ll need to do:

Convert AVI files to MOV within Mac OS X

First you’ll need to get Perian, it is a free open source QuickTime component that adds support for many popular video formats.
* Download Perian and install it

After you have installed Perian, you’ll use Apple’s own QuickTime Player (we’re using the Snow Leopard version in this walkthrough)
* Open the AVI movie you want converted to MOV within QuickTime
* From the File menu, select “Save As”
convert avi to mov
* In the pop-up save menu, select ‘movie’ and as you can see the file type will be .mov
* Click “Save”
* Now just wait until the AVI is converted to MOV, the time it takes will depend on the file size, but for most files it is pretty fast.

That’s it! You have just converted an AVI file to MOV format!

If anyone knows any easier ways to convert avi to mov than this (that are also free), please post them in the comments!

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Posted by: Manish Patel in How to, OS X Apps, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Mr Flawless says:

    You Forgot to mention this will double the size of the file

  2. Austin says:

    MPEG Streamclip and Handbrake are both great video converting software that run on OS X.

  3. JimiMat says:

    Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/) is a great free converter tool. Not sure if it is much faster or easier than Quicktime, but it works very well (for many formats).

  4. Evom rocks!!!! I have tried a million apps, but this is THE best!

    http://thelittleappfactory.com/evom/

    • s. gans says:

      Perian would not work for me, no matter what I did (it’s usually great, but I had a few .avi files that would not play audio and video – I’d get either/or. Evom fixed this perfectly and quickly!

      Thanks for bringing it up!

      • c4n001 says:

        bro, evom saved my ass, you have no idea how gratefull i am with you now =)
        2 years later and a few days b4 the end of the world your comment made my day, many many thanx!

    • ana says:

      indeed!!!great!!

    • SeanE says:

      Ive downloaded Evom and its taking ages to convert an .avi movie. Am I doing something wrong?

  5. bArt says:

    Well I was looking for this simple and fast converted and now found it, thanks.

  6. Matt says:

    Thank You! So freaking much. I have been SOOOOO stressed out about watching these .avi files I downloaded and you just solved it. Very easy to use and saved the day. Thanks again!!!!! -Matt

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  8. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much for this, I searched high and low for an avi to mov converter that was easy to use and so simple!! thanks for keeping it real, open source, and free!

  9. Jt says:

    Can’t get quicktime to open any AVI files with Perian installed.

  10. Connie says:

    Perian…Wow so easy. I have looked for a converter for a long time that was automatic, and Perian does the job

  11. dawn says:

    It also doesn’t mention that you have to have QuickTime PRO, which you have to buy for $30.

    • Dale says:

      I don’t think that’s the case. Non-pro user here. Just “save as”. In my case, there was no extension name in the save menu, but it came out as a .mov on the desktop. Did indeed double the size though.

      • fast says:

        Non-pro here as well, but “save as” remains grayed out, with a big “PRO” next to it. So….?

        • percy says:

          I have the same problem. It should be easy and fast BUT ITS NOT. I downloaded the program. But When I go to SAVE AS it is still grayed out and tells me I have to buy something from Mac.
          Is there a way around this? Does this work or not?

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  13. Judy says:

    Thank you so much. I tried using MediaStream, but the output files didn’t work. I tried twice and waited 3 hours in total. This took 5 minutes and it worked amazingly. Thank you!

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  17. ben says:

    Non-Quicktime Pro user here: worked fine for me (didn’t have file extension type listed, so I typed it in (but didn’t have to)), converted a 9.12gig .avi file to a 9.13gig .mov file in about 3 minutes. Thanks for the help and discussion y’all~

  18. Gwen says:

    Fun fact:
    Perian also allows Final Cut to use AVIs by converting them to MOV automatically. Bonus points!

  19. Joseph says:

    This didn’t work at all for me, it got the AVI to work, but with no sound so when i converted it to MOV it had no sound which is completely useless to me..

  20. There is an ad at the top of your page that is really really confusing. It has a huge DOWNLOAD button, and it looks like that is what I am downloading. Can you get rid of this ad? It almost made me quit and try something else. Or put the ad at the bottom of the screen. I already hate ads, and it’s worse when the ad disguises itself as the thing I’m trying to download. That is so annoying, and I think it should be illegal. The internet is turning into a Las Vegas nightmare.

    Thanks,
    -j

  21. It didn’t work. I tried opening the avi files using QuickTime and it says the movie is not in a format that Quicktime can open.

    Is it because I don’t have Quicktime Pro?

    If that is the reason, you should specify that. Please don’t leave out useful information in order to point out how easy this product is to use.

    I do not recommend your site for others to use. The product might be good, but you don’t give good instructions on how to use it. I just wasted a lot of time.

    I recommend you re-work your web site. Git rid of those obnoxious ads and then work out the instructions carefully, making sure to tell people what is required for this to work (such as Quicktime Pro – if that is the case).
    -j

  22. omer says:

    you are king!! you helped me alottt

  23. Stephan says:

    Hello,
    It’s not working. QT refuse to start because it doesn’t reconnize the AVI codec.

  24. Elohim says:

    This is a Miracle!!! Thank you so much very fast. very easy.

  25. Jerez says:

    Thank You,
    oh so much!

  26. Londo says:

    Yup, great download. Very quick and small file (3.6mb), Takes seconds to install and quite recognises AVI files right away.
    Genius!

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