Won't Play AVI Files in VLC- Fixed yet

You may have tried every way to play AVI files in VLC, but still failed. Read through this article and I think your VLC AVI playback issues would be resolved easily. 


I just recently installed the VLC player and everything was going fine. Suddenly my video was freezing and I was forced to close everything down. I rebooted my machine but now when I look all of the .avi files on my machine have been greyed out in VLC media player. Any thoughts for opening AVI files in VLC player

Searching further, here's some more information for my troubleshooters. Someone told me to try to drag a drop an .avi file into VLC player, which I did. Unfortunately, what I got was clear sound with no controls and no picture :( 

Then I tried another way some guys recommend. Based on their thoughts, the reason why VLC won't play my AVI videos correctly due to the AVI codecs as AVI is a container video format which generally contains a number of audio, video, and subtitle streams. In the condition, If an AVI file contains a VLC incompatible video codec, it will fail to play in VLC... To add and open AVI files in VLC, a suggestion is to convert AVI to VLC more supported video format with Brorsoft Video Converter

This professional video converter is the solid tool to help users convert AVI to VLC playable H.264 MP4 video on Windows (Windows 10 included) without quality loss. Besides, it also supports converting AVI files to iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPad, Galaxy Tab, iTunes, Windows Media Player, Avid Media Composer and more to meet your different needs. If you wanna solve the AVI in VLC playback issues on Mac OS X(including macOS Sierra, El Capitan), please turn to Video Converter for Mac. Download the program to start the AVI to VLC conversion task. 



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Convert AVI to VLC friendly format 

1. Load AVIs 

Run the software and then import your AVI files onto the interface by convenient drag-and-drop feature. You can add several videos for converting at one time as this video converter supports batch conversion. 


2. Set output format 

Click on "Format" bar to select output format. Here you can choose to encode AVI to mp4, .mov, DivX .avi for playing with VLC. 

Tip: You can also check the "Settings" box , and set video codec, video size, Bitrate, frame rate to get a decent video you want on your VLC player. 

3. Start conversion 

Click the "Convert" button start encoding AVI files to VLC media player. 

After the conversion, tap the Open icon in the main interface and you can locate the converted files there. Just add the files to your VLC, and you can play the converted AVI on VLC beautifully. 

Related Guides: 
Play AVI via Plex 
Play AVI files on Android Phones 
Play AVI files on iTunes 
Play AVI files on Samsung TV 
Play AVI files on PS4 
Play AVI files over DLNA 
Transfer and Play AVI in TiVo

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    I find a method to solve can't play MP4 on VLC

    This method also helps to solve can't play AVI, MKV, AVCHD etc on VLC