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Solution to Can’t play .avi files on VLC

Solution to Can’t play .avi files on VLC

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Whenever meeting video playback troubleshooting on Windows or Mac, people are accustomed to turn to VLC. It seems like VLC can play every video with any extension and codec. Unfortunately, VLC isn’t powerful as you imaged, even a AVI file can encounter playback issue on VLC. Let’s look at an example: 

“VLC is crashing trying to playback AVI files created from a particular camera. These played back with 2.2.2. I’m not sure if all AVI files cause the problem. 
The Camera is a WirePath WPS-750-DOM-IP security camera. 
OS 10.11.5, iMac 27″ Retina 5k.” 


Sometimes, some video playback troubleshooting can be solved easily with an update. So try to update to VLC 2.2.4 to create the crash. Normally, the update on VLC would solve “AVI Can’t Play” issue. Not only for AVI, but for MKV, MP4, especially for H.265 MP4, lower version VLC maybe meet playback troubles. When meet the trouble, just try to update VLC. 

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Another solution to solve AVI issue on VLC is under the help of a third party application – video coverter. AVI is a video container supporting a range of video and codec. When AVI can be played on VLC, the main reason is the video codec incompatibility. So transcoding AVI to VLC with right A/V codec or just demux AVI to MP4 for VLC with video converter is a excellent way. 

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac <Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate > is recommended here to help you re-encode AVI to VLC. It can remux AVI for VLC, or convert AVI to MP4/MKV for VLC. It can keep AVI format but change the video, audio codec, size, bitrate, frame rate, sample rate. It also can keep the original A/V parameters but output more compatible format for VLC. You can deinterlacing your original AVI file, trim/crop/split/merge your AVI videos and add subtitle to your AVI files. More features are in Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate review

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How to transcode AVI to VLC? 

Note: The steps are suitable for both Windows and Mac products. But considering the platform is OS system (the questioner is using iMac 27″ Retina 5k), we take snapshot from Mac application. 

Step 1: Add AVI files 

Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load AVI videos to the program. You also can simply drag and drop AVI files to the interface of the app. Pavtube product supports batch conversion so you can add multiple AVI files. 


Step 2: Choose output format for VLC 

If you plan to re-encode AVI to VLC with more compatible format like MP4, just navigate to “Format” > “HD Video” > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as output file format. 


Step 3: Adjust A/V parameters 

When selected MP4 as the output format for VLC, you can open “Settings” window to check the settings. If you still keep AVI format in the former step, you maybe need to reset the settings to more compatible one for VLC. 


Step 4: Start to convert AVI to VLC 

After all the settings, just click “Convert” button to start to transcode AVI to VLC supported format. If you added many AVI files at the first step, you can turn on “Shut down computer after conversion”. Then you can go to sleep or do other things without waiting in front of the computer. 

Follow the steps then you can easily fix “Can’t Play AVI on VLC” issues. For free, I suggest you to try the update method. But if you get a Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/iMedia Converter for Mac, you also can solve MP4 trouble on VLC, audio issue on VLC, MKV bug on VLC, 4K/H.265 not playing problem on VLC. So it is a  bargain, right? 

Related VLC Software 
Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Mac – If you can’t play Blu-ray/DVD disc, Blu-ray/DVD ISO images on VLC, you can use Pavtube ByteCopy to rip Blu-ray/DVD to VLC supported digital MP4, MKV, AVI,etc videos. And to save money, you maybe interested in the software bundle: 

ByteCopy($42) + Video Converter Ultimate($65) = Only $79.9, Save $27.1 

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