Play AVI Video with VLC Media Player on Windows/Mac

As an acronym for Audio Video Interleave, AVI is a type of multimedia file format introduced by Microsoft. It can contain audio or video files or both together in an appropriate timing sequence to produce a digital movie. AVI files can also be sent as streaming files. Streaming files are sent in chunks and are downloaded in the background while the media begins playing even though the entire media file is not present.

 

VLC is a free multimedia player that is able to understand the AVI file container format and either play the audio data, display the video data, or do both at the same time without the need for additional CODECS. Playing AVI files on VLC literally is as easy as opening a file. The following part will show you a step by step guide to play AVI files with VLC media player on either Windows or Mac platform.

 

Part 1: Play AVI with VLC Media Player on Windows
Part 2: Play AVI with VLC Media Player on Mac

 

Part 1: Play AVI with VLC Media Player on Windows

For Windows users, you can download VLC on all versions of Windows OS from Windows XP to the latest version of Windows 10. Make sure to download and install the latest version.

 

1) After you have downloaded and installed the VLC player, open the VLC media player.


2) The VLC media player will display on your screen. On the menu bar, click on "Media."


3) A drop-down window appears. Click on "Open File" and navigate to the location of the AVI file.


4) Click on the file in the "Select one or more files to open" window or once you are in the folder that the file is located in, type the name of the file in the "File name" window.


5) Click on the "Open" button. The file will load and the VLC media player will begin playing it automatically.

 

Part 2: Play AVI with VLC Media Player on Mac

For Mac users you can still play AVI files on VLC media player for Mac. This player is reliable since you can manage your playlist and make adjustments on volume and contrast. To play any .avi video file you need to do the following.

 

1) Download VLC media player for Mac.

You can download and install the latest version of VLC media player on Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

2) Open the AVI file with VLC media player.

 

After downloading the VLC media player, open it on your computer. At the main menu click on File, a drop down menu will pop up. From there navigate the cursor and click on Open.

 

It will direct you to location of stored videos and files. Search and click on the avi video you want to play. You can also drag the AVI video to the VLC to play it.

 

3) Play the AVI video.

 

Now click on Open after choosing the AVI video. This will automatically play the video on the VLC media player.

 

Professional VLC assistant to smoothly play AVI files

 

Sometimes, you may fail to open AVI files encoded with uncommon codec on VLC or have VLC skipping issue when playing high definition AVI files, to get any AVI files played smoothly with VLC media player, it would be much ideal for you to download this remarkable VLC assistant - Pavtube
Video Converter Ultimate for Windows
/Mac. Which can assist you to convert all unsupported AVI files to VLC media player playable video and audio file formats listed below with super fast conversion speed and perfect output file quality:
Container formats: 3GP, ASF, AVI, DVR-MS, FLV, Matroska(MKV), MIDI, QuickTime File Format, MP4, Ogg, OGM, WAV, MPEG-2 (ES, PS, TS, PVA, MP3), AIFF, Raw audio, Raw DV, MXF, VOB, RM, DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD, CD Audio, DVB
Video format: Cinepak, Dirac, DV, H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, HuffYUV, Indeo 3, MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, RealVideo 3&4, Sorenson, Theora, VC-1, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, DNxHD, Prores and some WMV


Audio formats: AAC, AC3, ALAC, AMR, DTS, DV Audio, XM, FLAC, It, MACE, Mod, Monkey's Audio, MP3, Opus, PLS, QDM2/QDMC, RealAudio, Speex, SCreamtracker 3/S3M, TTA, Vorbis, WavPack, WMA (WMA 1/2, WMA 3 partially).

 

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Besides the great conversion function, you can also use this program to compress large resolution AVI file to small resolution video such as 1080p, 720p, 480p, etc or much smaller file size video.

 

Tips: To get better output video and audio quality, click "Settings" on the main interface to open "Profile Settings" window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like.