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.AVI File Extension

File TypeAudio Video Interleave File

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CategoryVideo Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is an AVI file?

An AVI file is a file saved in a multimedia container format created by Microsoft. It stores video and audio data that may be encoded in a variety of codecs such as DivX and XviD. AVI files typically use less compression than similar formats such as .MPEG and .MOV.

More Information

The AVI format is based on the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) which is a container format that was originally released in 1991 to store multimedia. The AVI format was introduced a year later in 1992 by Microsoft and is supported by various video players. However, the player must support the codec used to encode the video data. For additional information, view the FileInfo.com Playing AVI Files help article.

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Programs that open AVI files
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Video
Microsoft Windows Media Player
CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
VideoLAN VLC media player
Nullsoft Winamp
Apple QuickTime Player
Eltima Elmedia Player
VideoLAN VLC media player
ShedWorx Smart Converter
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
VideoLAN VLC media player
olimsoft OPlayer
VideoLAN VLC for iOS 2
Google Drive
BIT LABS Simple MP4 Video Player
Google Drive
Videolabs VLC for Android
Updated 9/6/2016

About the file extension avi

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