Fix AVI Video Files that only Plays Audio

If your AVI file plays only audio but no video, it can be due to an underlying corruption issue which has to be solved carefully using a professional video repair software. Whenever you encounter an AVI file that plays only audio or video, Remo Repair AVI is the safest bet to fix it. Download now to instantly repair an AVI file that plays only audio or video.

Written by Molly Owen, Updated on February 01, 2024

An AVI file is a video file saved in the Audio Video Interleave (AVI) multimedia container format created by Microsoft. The AVI files are used on an extensive scale because of their compression capabilities since it usually takes less compression space as compared to other formats. Like any other file formats, AVI files are also prone to corruption.

It is not uncommon for people to ask: Why is my AVI file only playing audio? Why is my video file only playing audio? Why is my AVI file not showing a video? Why are my AVI files not playing the video?

There are two possible reasons why an AVI file is only playing audio or video. One is due to damaged or corrupted AVI files and the other is incompatible codecs or outdated media players. Generally, codecs can be easily downloaded and installed, but what if AVI video files are damaged. You definitely need a tool to fix a AVI file that is playing only video.

No matter what the reason is, this article will help you in fixing the error and playing the AVI video without any damages.

Why is my AVI File Playing Only Audio but Not Video?

When an AVI video is playing just the sound but not showing the video or vice versa, it is majorly because of a damaged AVI file. This error is the result of abruptly closing the media player while playing AVI file. It might be due to sudden power loss, improper shutdowns or basically any event that abruptly interrupts a playing AVI file. These interruptions might also damage the video codecs of a media player along with AVI video’s file structure resulting in AVI file playing only video or audio.

This error also occurs due to incompatible codecs or outdated media players. AVI video files have various compression standards such as DivX or Xvid. A media player that is not equipped with the latest codec or standards might fail to decompress and play the video and audio at same time. Nevertheless, all the recent operating systems come pre-installed with all drivers that are required to play any video format, hence it can be a rare scenario but it should not be disregarded.

How To Fix AVI File With Audio But No Video?

To fix an AVI file with audio but no video, you need professional video repair software capable of addressing diverse video issues, including AVI files that only play audio. One such tool is Remo Video Repair software, which can adeptly resolve such common issues.

Remo Video Repair is equipped with an advanced repair algorithm designed to analyze the AVI video file's structure and restore it to its original state without compromising the integrity of the original file. Follow these steps to begin repairing your AVI video file:

  • Download and install Remo Video Repair on your computer.
  • Install the software on your system and launch it.
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  • On the main screen, click the "Select File" option to choose the AVI file where you are experiencing the audio-only issue, then click "Repair."
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  • After repairing the AVI file, preview it using the "Preview" option and check if you can see the visuals and hear the audio.
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  • Finally, Save the file to a location of your choice.

With the help of this tool you can also fix the AVI video that is out of sync with audio errors.

How to Fix an AVI File only Playing Audio or Video Due to Incompatible Codecs?

If AVI files is only playing sound or video due to incompatible codecs, the two best available solutions are

  • Change the video format
  • Update the media player

Changing the video format is really easy. There are various free tools available on the internet that can convert the AVI file with faulty video to your desired video format. However, there is a major disadvantage involved using this method, post conversion the original information of the AVI file might not be intact.

Rather than converting the video format, it would be less risky to update the media player to the latest version. This will equip the media player to play AVI file without altering the attributes. Since almost all the media players provide the free updates you all you need is an internet connection.

Incase even after updating the media player AVI still plays only audio or only video then the error is due to a corrupted or damaged AVI file. The only possible solution to repair corrupted AVI files using Remo Repair AVI and the entire process is discussed in the previous section.


If your AVI video is playing either audio or video doesn't mean your AVI video is permanently damaged.Its a good practice to regularly update the video card drivers and media player. Even after updating them if the AVI fails to play either audio or video, the error is due to a damaged AVI file. The best chance for you to fix a damaged AVI file playing only video or audio is through using the Remo Repair AVI. Even after trying both the methods if you fail to fix the error please contact our support team for any further assistance.

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