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VLC can encode and decode this container.
The module name to use at the command line is avi.

AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is a popular container format used to hold video and audio data.

To play an AVI file, the audio and video files need to be encoded with codecs the player understands.

AVI files aren't designed to hold subtitles. Also, they don't support some features which more recent container formats support.

AVIs are based on RIFFs.

The VLC AVI muxer (encoder) was severly broken in many versions. Please use the latest version, VLC media player 3.0.12.

Module options

When playing AVI files, you can use the following options

  • --avi-interleaved (boolean)
    Force interleaved method. Default off (false).
  • --avi-index (integer)
    Recreate a index for the AVI file. Use this if your AVI file is damaged or incomplete (not seekable). Values are
    • 0: Ask for action (default)
    • 1: Always fix
    • 2: Never fix
    • 3: Fix when necessary


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