AVI may be a very prevalent video format, however, it is not one of the formats specified on the natively compatible file list of Apple iOS and macOS. If you have some AVI files from your digital camcorders or downloaded from the internert and want to edit them in iMovie, Final Cut Pro or play them on iPad, iPhone, etc., transcoding AVI to MOV will be a wise choice since MOV is a natively highly compatible format for all Apple products. In this article, we will show you a quick and easy solution to encode AVI file to MOV format on Mac OS X (incl. macOS Big Sur).
PS: Actually, Apple only supports a couple types of seldom-used AVI file: "Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ULAW, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format". If your AVI files are much more common AVI file type, encoded with a codec that QuickTime can't recognize, like DivX, XviD, you'll need to convert AVI to MOV or other Mac compatible formats for further editing or playback.
Get An Easy-to-use Tool to Convert AVI to MOV on Mac
EaseFab Video Converter for Mac is one of the most versatile and easy video converters to transcode or remux AVI to MOV and other mainstream video formats on Mac OS X (macOS Big Sur compatible). It should be the top option whenever you have a system or application that requires a certain file format for playback. This decent video converter allows you to convert AVI to MOV formats in 3 clicks without damaging original quality.
EaseFab Video Converter - Fast and Easily Convert AVI to MOV Losslessly on macOS
◉ Transcode AVI to MOV as well as other formats such as MP4, MKV, HEVC, AVI, WMV, M4V, MPG, FLV, etc.
◉ Decode AVI to MOV with ProRes, DNxHD or other high-quality codecs - ensure maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve and more.
◉ Compress and Shrink videos and audios without any sacrificing in quality.
◉ Offer optimized mobile-specific profiles for iPhone, iPad, Android, HDTV, PC, tablets, game consoles, etc. as various viewing options.
◉ Allow you to manually adjust codecs, aspect ratios, bit-rates, frame rates and more before you convert AVI to MOV. Also, it includes a basic video editor you can use to trim away unwanted footage, crop video, add watermarks and add external subtitles.
◉ Extract audio from AVI files to MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, etc. if you want.
3 Simple Steps to decode AVI to QuickTime MOV on Mac
To begin with, you need to download and install EaseFab Video Converter for Mac on your Mac. It also has a version for Windows 10/8/7 and the process of encoding AVI to MOV on Mac and Windows is almost the same.
Step 1. Add AVI files
After downloading, install and run EaseFab Video Converter for Mac, simply drag and drop your AVI files to the program. You can also click Add Video button to load your source files. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.)
Step 2. Select MOV as output profile.
Click Profile bar, move mouse cursor to Common Video category and then select MOV (codec: h264+aac) as the output format.
If you want to convert AVI files for editing on Mac with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid, etc, you're recommended to choose Apple ProRes, DNxHD etc. encoded MOV file from Editing Software category.
Step 3. Start the conversion.
Hit Convert and it will begin fast video decoding, conversion and processing your AVI video to MOV format on the Mac.
There are many online AVI to MOV converters out there. However, all the online converters are basic tools that are internet dependent and have a number of limitations. For basic conversion, these programs can be considered. But for the lossless quality process to convert AVI file to MOV with editing and other advanced features, professional software like EaseFab Video Converter works best.