So far, there are hundreds of different video/audio formats available. I’m afraid that it will take a very long time to list them all. Undeniably, handling so many formats is really a tough and complicated thing. For example, lots of people will always be driven crazy by the AVI playback issue. Now, let’s focus on this point and check out the workable solutions.
Like any other video formats, playing an AVI file demands for the proper media player with the correct codec. Before we are probing further, it is necessary to say something about the “codec”. To make it easier to understand, you can image a codec (Coder/Decoder) as a lock, which’s used in the video to “lock” or “code” the video, if you need to “open” or “decode” the video, you have to get the right “key”/”codec”. In light of this, before opening or playing the AVI, we need to figure out how the video was “coded”, so that we can find the proper codec to “open “the file. This explains why our computers can play the AVI file smoothly, but fails to accept it sometimes. In this case, a new correct codec should be installed to support the playback freely.
”how can I find out the appropriate codec since there are hundreds or thousands of codecs out there?” Yes, it is really a taxing task. Luckily, we have got some easy ways to get it through.
1. The universal VLC Player
It is a software package with video player and around 95% codecs wrapped.( if you find that the codec used in the source video file is not included in the VLC, you need to try something else.). As to the operation of this player, it is quite easy. After downloading, installing and running the package, choose the “File” > “Browse” to select the target AVI file and load it into the program. Then, click the “OK” button, VLC will start playing the AVI video file automatically.
2. The codec packs
It is used by some people especially the non-technical ones. As the name implies, a codec pack includes a large number of different codecs, when you install the pack, you will virtually install all of those codecs to the computer operating system, so that don’t need to look for the codec all by yourself. However, there are also some downsides to the method. For example, it is a waste of resource to install so many codecs since some of them are rarely used. Besides, the computer system will be less stable with too many “things” installed. Additionally, it is hard to figure out whether all the codecs in the “pack” are the latest versions. Nevertheless, using a “codec pack” would help to get the codec to be used quickly and allow you to play the AVI files on your favorite video player software if you don’t like using the VLC or other all-in-one software. Recommended “codec pack” resource: XP Codec Pack v2.5.6 and X Codec Pack v18.104.22.168, you can search the internet and download the pack if needed. Last but not least, it is also very easy to use the “codec pack”—pretty much the way as that of FFCSHOW—you download the codec pack resource, install it into your computer, then run your desired video player software and open the .avi file, it will start to play automatically.
A professional AVI converter can not only play the AVI video files smoothly, but help to convert AVI to any other popular video formats/applications/ portable mobile devices easily.