Play AVI Files on Kodi

Problems to play AVI files on Kodi

“I’ve just installed Kodi on my windows 10 laptop and fired it up to have a little play and start to understand how to use it. I have a number of MP4 and AVI videos on the laptop and I can navigate through “videos”, “files” and “videos” to the folder and all my files are listed both the MP4 and the AVI. If a select a MP4 file it plays as you would expect. However, when I select a AVI file nothing plays. I simply get the counter scrolling through the length of the file and it plays the audio, but no picture. Clearly I’m missing the obvious somewhere here, but in my defence I am very new to this.”

Why Kodi fail to play AVI files?

After searching for Kodi supported file formats, we get the information that Kodi has included native playback support for AVI container file formats. However, it is well known that AVI is a multimedia container file format which can contain various different video and audio data such as Divx, Xvid, DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, MVC, etc.

From above information, we can see that Kodi lacks the ability to handle AVI files with the container codec of Divx, Xvid, DV, etc. To get unsupported AVI files played on Kodi, you will need to perform a codec transcoding process.

Convert unsupported AVI for Kodi playback

If you are looking for powerful yet simple to use application to get the job completed, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to you. The program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can batch load multiple AVI video with different compression codec into the application at one time for conversion.

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With this remarkable application, you can efficiently produce Kodi playable file codec such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1/WMV, etc with best quality and super fast encoding speed. Apart from that, you can also flexibly adjust output video and audio profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output file quality.

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Step by Step to Transcode Unsupported AVI for Kodi Playing

Step 1: Load unsupported AVI files into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import unsupported AVI (Divx, Xvid, DV) files into the program.

Import unsupported AVI files

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of Kodi playable file codec such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output Kodi playable codec

Step 3: Adjust output profile parameters.

Open “Profile Settings” window, here all the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc are adjustable to facilitate you to make a balance between the video quality and the file size.

Adjust output profile parameters

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from AVI to Kodi playable digital file formats.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you can successfully play converted files on Kodi with no problem.

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