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Hi. I have bought a MBA and would like some help and advice please.

First off...I have been using my desktop PC to stream AVI movies to our XBOX over a home network using media player. I want to use the MBA to do the same thing but found that Mac OS dont like AVI files, trouble is, all my movie files are AVI.
So....Can I stream AVI files to an XBOX with my MBA. If not, what is the best software to use to convert the files to be able to watch them on a large screen TV without losing quality.

Second...I have bought Office for mac. I didnt realise the home and student edition didnt come with outlook (I thought it did). Are there any other similar software out there for me to download. I haven`t set up my email yet as I am waiting to get some bits and pieces to set the whole MBA up. (adapters for large LCD etc)

Third.... I have bought an external DVD drive, connected it up, worked a treat, but found it wont work if connected through a USB Hub. Is there any way around this as I only have 2 USB ports and it needs both of them to run, which means disconnecting the other peripherals.
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Try installing Perian. That will enable avi files to be played in Quicktime and may solve your problem.
Perian - The swiss-army knife of QuickTime® components
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Hi. Thanks for the replies.

Good advice from you all

chas_m ...just a quick q .......When you say I will eventually want all the movie files to be mp4 format, why is it you say that??. The trouble is my video camera and my samsung digi camera (which are both new) both record video in AVI format.

will the software you highlighted stream AVI to Xbox, or will i have to convert it all first
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Yes, it is a PITA with the different video formats.

I`ll try and stick with AVI for as long as I can, but I may be fighting agaianst the tide

Thanks for your help btw
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