Yack! iMovie White Screen- No Like
January 20, 2007 2:42 PM   Subscribe

Got a new Macbook Pro. AVI files now show up as a white screen when imported into iMovie. I think that some codec is missing. I am not sure which one it is and would like a reputable source to download from. Any idea how to correct this?
posted by bkeene12 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
QuickTime: About Playing AVI files

You might need to install Intel-native XviD and AC3 codecs.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:47 PM on January 20, 2007

try Perian with quicktime. try exporting from there into .mov?
posted by phaedon at 2:47 PM on January 20, 2007

I suggest downloading the Free DivX trial. It comes bundled with the free DivX Community Codec that gets plugged into Quicktime; I haven't had a problem viewing AVI since I did this.

You don't need to upgrade to the non-free version; the codec is free.
posted by ikkyu2 at 3:17 PM on January 20, 2007

I found this to be very useful: Codec Pack for all the new Mac Users!

As for reputable, best I can do is say that this blog post was linked to on digg, made it to the front page, and I didn't see any angry comments there.
posted by onalark at 3:24 PM on January 20, 2007 [2 favorites]

The Codec Pack worked! I dropped the whole set in Library:QuickTime and tabbed over to iMovie and the white screen was gone and my movie was there! I don't know what codec fixed it but I am not complaining. Thanks onalark!
posted by bkeene12 at 3:56 PM on January 20, 2007


I know you found what you're looking for, but I have found that even with the codec pack there are many files that Quicktime will refuse to play.

That being said, I haven't found a file that VLC Media Player won't play.

AND it's free.
posted by ASM at 5:21 PM on January 20, 2007

I think VLC still has problem with a lot of WMF files.
posted by Dag Maggot at 7:16 PM on January 20, 2007

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