What are AVI files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an AVI file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your AVI files.
What is an AVI file?
An .AVI file is an Audio Video Interleave file.
AVI is an acronym for Audio Video Interleave. The .avi file format is a container file format that was introduced by Microsoft in 1992. Container files are a "shell" file that can contain a variety of files within the container file. Container files with the .avi file extension often contain audio and video data.
The data contained in the AVI files may be encoded using different codecs, allowing the files to use less compression than other video file formats, such as the MPEG and MOV file formats. However, AVI files have a 2 GB size limit, restricting their use to some degree. Even though the AVI file format is decades old, it is still one of the most widely-used video file formats in existence today.
How to open AVI files
We have identified four AVI openers that are compatible with this specific type of AVI file.
Programs that open Audio Video Interleave files
Last updated: September 29, 2023
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of AVI files. Remember, different programs may use AVI files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
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