How to play .avi files on Windows Media Player?

Outline: This post will offer you two methods to play AVI videos in Windows Media Player freely, get them keep reading.

Since AVI becomes a popular video format, many people have been wondering "Can Windows Media Player play AVI files?"

According to Microsoft support website, Windows Media Player supports AVI files. Though we can make WMP play AVI video by install some codec, sometime we still encounter can't play AVI in Windows Media Player issue. AVI is a container format which may contain multiple video and audio streams. And the video and audio stream can be encoded any of several ways. If the AVI video or audio codec is not WMP installed codec supported one, Windows Media Player won't play AVI video of this kind. Today more and more new codecs, like Xvid, DivX, MPEG-4, are invented and used in AVI file, but WMP doesn't support them. And other possible reason is your AVI files are corrupt, you can play them on other players and devices to check if this is the reason.

How to Play AVI in Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 10/8/7?

Most of AVI files are encoded with Xvid, DivX codec, a few are encoded with DX50, AVIV. Installing missing codecs will help Windows Media Player interpret video codec for successful playback.

Method 1. Install missing codecs

1. K-Lite Codec Pack

It comes in a variety of editions from Basic to Mega all of which are free. Originally developed for Kazaa Lite users the K-Lite Codec Pack lets you play practically every video format you might encounter on the Internet in Windows Media Player.

2. Elecard MPEG-4 Codec Pack

This Codec Pack provides a wide range of MPEG-4 decoding/encoding solutions which are offered as DirectShow Filters to enable you to encode and decode various video and audio stream types for playback with Windows Media Player.

3. XVID codec

Then restart your computer and open up your AVI files with Windows Media Player. WMP should now play your AVI files with both audio and video.

Method 2. Transcode AVI to Windows Media Player 12 playable WMV

If you won’t adopt method 1, you can use one top AVI video converter to encode AVI to WMP supported video, this method is easy and quick. iFastime Video Converter Ultimate is just the right AVI to Windows Media Player Converter which can convert all kinds of AVI video to Windows Media Player supported video format WMV, AVI, ASF, MPG. Besides converting AVI to WMP video format, it also can transcode AVIMOV, H.265, DVD, Blu-ray, etc to Windows Media Player for playing. If you are a Mac user, you can read enjoy AVI on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.


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How to transcode .avi to Windows Media Player Format?

Step 1. Add AVI files

Run the best AVI to Windows Media Player Converter; click the "Add video" button to import the AVI video to it. This ideal app also supports drag and drop function.

Step 2. Choose a Windows Media Player supported format

Click the "Format" drop-down button to select WMP supported WMV, ASF as output profile from "Common Video" or "HD Video" Category. 

Tip- Video/Audio Settings: You can also click "Settings" icon to and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. 

Step 3. Start AVI to Windows Media Player conversion

Hit the "Start conversion" button at the bottom right corner to start and finish encoding/re-encoding AVI to Windows Media Player more supported format WMV, ASF. After the conversion, click the Open button to get the resulted video. Now, you can successfully load and play AVI in Windows Media Player (11/12) without any issue. 

Plus: In order to play .avi videos on Windows Media Player smoothly, you can also use other AVI player for Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7 to play AVI files. VLC is a free and well-known universal media player for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7. It can play AVI, Divx, Xvid, MKV, MOV, MP4, DV, MXF, etc. Free download VLC. There is no need to download extra codecs and no need to convert anything. You can have a try.

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