Home : File Types : VID File

.VID File Extension

File TypeGeneric Video File

3.7 (32 Votes)
CategoryVideo Files

What is a VID file?

A VID file is a generic video file that has been saved using one of many possible video file formats. Often, the file’s extension has been changed from its original extension to “.VID.” For example, a user might have renamed a file like clip1.mov to clip1.vid in an attempt to play the video using their preferred media player.

More Information

Screenshot of a .vid file in VLC Media Player

VID file open in VLC Media Player

Because VID files are now used infrequently, some programs that previously supported opening and playing VID files no longer do so. For example, you can no longer open and play VID files using Apple QuickTime Player, and Microsoft Windows Media Player does not recognize the ".VID" extension by default.

How do I open a VID file?

You can open and play a VID file with VideoLAN VLC media player, a free-to-download media player. To open a VID file in VLC media player:

  1. Select Media/File → Open File….
  2. Navigate to the folder containing the VID file.
  3. Select the VID file and either click Open or double-click the file to open it. (On Windows, you may have to select "All Files" from the dropdown menu that appears above the Open button before you can select your VID file.)
Open over 300 file formats with File Viewer Plus.
Programs that open VID files
Updated 6/17/2020

About VID Files

Our goal is to help you understand what a file with a *.vid suffix is and how to open it.

The Generic Video file type, file format description, and Mac and Windows programs listed on this page have been individually researched and verified by the FileInfo team. We strive for 100% accuracy and only publish information about file formats that we have tested and validated.

If you would like to suggest any additions or updates to this page, please let us know.