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How to Repair AVI Files Using VLC Media Player

Summary: In this article, you’ll find solutions on how to repair AVI files using a VLC media player, also an additional way in which you use Remo Repair AVI, a professional tool to repair AVI files in case the VLC player couldn’t fix the AVI file.

VLC is one of the most popular media players available for users as it supports almost every video file format. It is also known to temporarily fix video files by itself using the inbuilt repair tool. AVI video file format is packed with audio and video data in a single file container that gives a synchronized playback.

Generally, .avi format videos get inaccessible due to the damaged index present within the file and by using VLC, you can repair the AVI Files. VLC can repair AVI files quite easily so let’s get to know how you can fix in VLC using various methods.

Repair AVI Files Using VLC:

To fix the missing or broken AVI index, just install the VLC media player on your system. Play the damaged AVI video on VLC and it will prompt you with a message which states VLC will not fix or repair your AVI video but will temporarily fix your video by building index information in its program memory. You can then choose Build Index Then Play option that will fix the index issue of your AVI file.

fixing AVI index issue with vlc media player

Repair Unplayable AVI Files Using VLC:

If you encounter unknown errors on your AVI video or have a damaged/broken AVI file, you can fix them effectively with the help of the VLC player itself. Follow the steps below to configure your VLC media player to repair damaged, broken, or incomplete AVI video files for free.

1: Open the VLC media player, select Tools, and then click on Preferences.

2: Click on the Inputs & Codecs column.

3: In the Damaged or Incomplete AVI file line, change it to Always Fix and click on Save. (as shown below)

choose always fix to fix avi files using vlc

The newer codecs like Xvid and DivX enhance the quality of the AVI video which is better than DVD. If you have any incomplete information on these codecs on your AVI file, then DivX or Xvid will also be fixed by VLC itself. Hence, you will not need to fix corrupt AVI files using VLC anymore after setting this preference.

Note: It is always suggested to set the preference as Ask for Action in the VLC media player. This is because VLC tries to repair the AVI file every time it is opened and choosing Always Fix will repeatedly prompt the program to fix it even if the video file is healthy. This repetitive process and will not affect the compatibility of the video with VLC. But, might make the video unplayable for other media players.

Thus, it is advised to choose to Ask for Action to prevent corruption or damage in your AVI video in the future.

choose ask for action to prevent corruption on your AVI file

Not Able to Fix AVI Video Using VLC?

After following all the mentioned workarounds, if the VLC media player is still unable to fix your AVI video file. Then converting your AVI video file as an MP4 video file is the only effective method left. Converting the unplayable AVI file into MP4 format using VLC has always been a widely sought solution. Follow the steps mentioned below to access your AVI file by converting it.

 1: Open VLC and click on Media. From the dropdown, select Convert/Save option.

 2: Add the video to the list and then click on Convert/Save.

 3: Click on Edit selected profile.

change the video format in vlc

4: Select MP4/MOV and hit on Save.

convert avi to mp4 using VLC

5: Browse the destination folder and click on Start to start the conversion process.

By now, you must have accessed your inaccessible AVI file by converting it to another file format. If these free methods to repair AVI files were not effective, then using a professional AVI repair tool will be your last resort.

Repair AVI Videos with Remo Repair AVI tool

Remo Repair AVI is a great alternative to repair AVI files of VLC media player, this self-explanatory tool will fix your AVI file in just 3 clicks. 

  • Download Remo Repair AVI tool.

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  • Select the AVI file that has to be repaired.

select to Repair avi files

  • Hit on Repair and wait for the repair process to be completed.

press repair to repair avi files

  • Then click on the Save button to save the AVI file in your desired location.

Save the repaired avi files

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With the above-mentioned methods to fix the AVI file, you must have repaired your inaccessible or unplayable AVI file. However, you can always make use of the technical assistance provided by Remo Software for any queries.

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