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2 Ways to Play AVI on Windows Media Player

Posted by DJ.Emily 
2 Ways to Play AVI on Windows Media Player
December 31, 2016 05:43AM
Outline: Sometime Windows Media Player won't play AVI at all or it only plays the audio track? Don't worry about it! Let's have a look at how to play AVI files with Windows Media Player without any problems.

AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave and it is an audio and video container format introduced by Microsoft in 1992. Certain programs, such as DiVX, Xvid and MPEG-4, use codecs to compress AVI files that Windows Media Player does not support. To be able for Windows Media Player to play AVI files, the necessary codecs must be downloaded and installed on the computer.

One of the common reasons why Windows Media Player cannot play AVI video files is that the player does not support the codec that was used to compress the file. To create video files, programs are used to compress the file to make it smaller and for media players to play the file, it needs to have the necessary decompressing program called a "AVI codec" to be able to read the AVI file. Our guide talks you through this process step-by-step.

Download XviD Codec: loadion.com/en/XviD-Codec_95574.html
Download DivX Codec: loadion.com/en/DivX-8.2.3_74514.html

Method 1. Steps to Install AVI Codec for Play AVI on Windows Media Player

Step 1. It doesn't matter which order you install the codecs in, but for the purposes of this guide, let's start with Xvid. Double click the installer you previously downloaded to kick things off, and follow the onscreen prompts.

Step 2. Once the installation process is completed, it's a good idea to reboot your PC.

Step 3. Next, launch the installer for DivX in much the same way as you did Xvid previously. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation process.

Step 4. Once installation of DivX has finished, reboot your PC again.

Step 5. When your PC restarts, Windows Media Player should now be capable of handling almost any AVI file you throw at it (with the exception of AVIs that are encoded with some of the more obscure codecs).

See Microsoft Codec FAQs: support.microsoft.com/en-us/products/windows

Tips & Advice
1. Some Codec packs available on the internet come with a built-in player, like DiVX. The DivX Player is a great lightweight alternative to Windows Media Player, and comes available in Free and Pro versions (the Pro flavour costs 14.99€).

2. GSpot is a useful tool that analyses the video stream of a file to determine the encoding method. Once finished, it generates a report, which includes which codec you will need to download before you can view the AVI file on Windows Media Player.

Still having trouble playing back certain AVI files on Windows Media Player? Another way to play AVI in Windows Media Player is converting AVI to Windows Media Player support formats: WMV, MP4, AVI, etc.

Method 2. Convert AVI to Windows Media Player compatible formats

Converting AVI to Windows Media Player compatible fprmats like WMV, AVI, MPG, or MP4(Only Windows Media Player support) is an easy and quick approach. The conversion tool, Hivimoore Video Converter Ultimate is worth being the first recommendation. The software supports about 159+ formats and SD/HD/3D/4K AVI is also included. It ensures both the converting speed 30x and 1:1 video quality of the original AVI files. Besides, have you ever been annoyed when you have to deal with the videos to be converted one by one and wait for a long time for processing? With this conversion tool, you can convert your AVI videos in batch mode at once, which saves you a lot of time.

The URL hivimoore.com/product/video-converter-ultimate/ is to be visited to make sure that the program's latest version is downloaded, installed and run:

Source: hivimoore.com/2016/12/avi-to-windows-media-player/
Re: 2 Ways to Play AVI on Windows Media Player
August 01, 2017 02:33AM
Thank you for this tutorial! It's easy-to-follow and detailed!
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