Avi file format not recognized

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OK, I downloaded a video file. It was an .avi, and it looked reasonable (file size, name, etc).

I tried to open in Windows Media Player, but it said it couldn’t recognize it. So I assumed I was missing a codec. I then downloaded GSpot, and loaded the file. It said the format wasn’t a recognized avi, and no codec information was available at all.

I assumed that the file was renamed, and it was an mpg, or mov, or something else. But after changing the extension numerous times, I got nowhere.

So how do I determine what file it really is? Is it an avi, with an unrecognized codec?

Has anyone else had this problem? reply

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01-21-2005 05:31 PM
nate

Gspot’s pretty good at detecting avi’s. It’ll accept almost anything you throw at it, so long as it’s an avi. So it’s probably not an avi. Make sure you have file extensions enabled. Open any folder, go to tools, folder options, then under the view tab uncheck the box “hide file extensions for known file types”. If it still doesn’t give you anything workable, then just feed it into any program you can think of. I’d try media player classic, videolan, winzip, winrar, isobuster, among others. Wordpad could give you useful information in the first few characters too (if you can load the file). reply

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01-21-2005 05:40 PM
anonymous
1,580 posts

Well, I guess it isn’t an avi then. Just a strange file renamed to .avi extension to piss off downloaders...:( oh well. reply

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01-23-2005 03:01 AM
nate

Oi. I have the same s***ty problem the codec doesnt work! it plays the sound but bno picture! wot can i t be?@ reply

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01-23-2005 10:58 AM
xAmjak

Just a bump. I’ve downloaded an Avi file, and tried to play it in every video player I have. I have done the following, so don’t automatically assume I havent:
-Downloaded all codecs(I have over 50 video and 30 audio, all updated)
-ran it in GSpot, it has said every single time that it is not an avi file
-ran it in VirtualDub
-ran through about 5 avi fixers
-tried changing file extention with a backup copy saved
-tried opening it in different unzipping programs

Every single error is the same, in all video players: the file extention is unrecognisable.
But it is an .avi, I don’t understand why it isnt working.

The file name, when downloaded was
“[kk] Movie Name Etc - DVDRip-xvid.avi”
I have all xvid codecs and none of them play this file.

*** this has also happened with a .mov I have, it plays on nothing, and I don’t know what to do with it, incase anyone cares about this too, but it isnt as important as the above one. reply

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02-24-2005 07:05 PM
randomtask

I just lost half a TB worth of files on my storage, and had to restore them with TAR on my Linux box from an earlier tape backup. After restore my MPEGs would run, but AVIs will fail as unreadable, unrecognizeable, etc, based on a half dozen different tools I tried. None of the ones mentioned in the thread above worked. Finally, opened one of the AVIs with a HEX editor (HEX Workshop in my case) and realized that my recovered files' headers had about 200 bytes worth of crap at the beginning that had nothing to do with the original file. For instance, any normal AVI file has a header that looks like this “RIFF..T.AVI” . Mine had garbage, artifacts from my TAR restore.

This is a little long-winded, but after I erased all the junk before the header my files turned squeaky clean. I highly recommend looking at this path. Maybe open one working and one broken AVI in HEX and compare their first lines.

Good luck.

-stoli reply

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03-19-2005 12:29 AM
stoli

I backed up video files to CD’s using Nero. I am unable to restore using nero6 or open these files with other programs I have now because they have extension .AVI, not sure why or what to do any suggestions please reply

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06-04-2005 01:10 PM
Frederick Ackrill

hey there guys!!!!
its the same with me... i have dll some movies from limewire in the .avi extension. im not able to view all these movies. though i have windows media player 11 beta version and divx player. still it does not play. do u’ll have any comments and suggest any player with which i can watch the movies.
thanks reply

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08-28-2006 06:55 AM
sureshr

i download filim Nagisa_Oshima_-_In_The_Realm_Of_The_Senses__1976_-_Uncut_Jap_With_Eng_Subs_[1].avi.001 Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.this video cannot player avi movie player .please replay which player use this video playing reply

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09-24-2006 04:22 AM
binoy

Maybe you can install the k-lite codec for a try.And i think you can change the file name to a short one,right? ;) reply

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09-26-2006 04:49 AM
bluesky_5201
96 posts

hey gugs
I know a good software which have good quality to convert some digital format .
give you the website of it: www.imtoo.com
I have used some of softwares of this company and feels good.
hope this is helpful for you:) reply

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09-26-2006 10:04 AM
ikuson
3 posts

Try a converting software and convert it than try playing in it in the converted form. reply

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09-26-2006 08:29 PM
superman22x

I had this same problem. The issue is not the codec, it is that the file has been split. I found a website that suggested using this freeware.
http://www.treepad.net/download/hjsplit.zip

I downloaded and scanned it for virii (recommend doing that still, just to be safe) then unzipped it. No install, just run the .exe in the zip file. Pretty self explained. The files need to be in the file.avi.001 file.avi.002 ... format
you choose the first file in the series and the program sees the rest with that name, puts them in order (according to the .001, .002 etc) and then combines them. Test the output file when done, then delete the partial files you downloaded (file.avi.001, file.avi.002 etc)

It is important to unzip the file, if you run it compressed it will take longer and the audio will not be in sync with the video, learned that the hard way.

Hope this solves your problem like it did mine. reply

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10-11-2006 04:12 PM
Chess83
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i download filim Nagisa_Oshima_-_In_The_Realm_Of_The_Senses__1976_-_Uncut_Jap_With_Eng_Subs_[1].avi.001 Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.this video cannot player avi movie player .please replay which player use this video playing reply

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10-14-2006 10:18 AM
surya prakash

surya prakash wrote:
i download filim Nagisa_Oshima_-_In_The_Realm_Of_The_Senses__1976_-_Uncut_Jap_With_Eng_Subs_[1].avi.001 Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.this video cannot player avi movie player .please replay which player use this video playing

reply

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10-14-2006 10:24 AM
surya prakash

Usually VLC media player will play all that the rest won’t.

I play all my .avi with VLC media player

Go get it :) reply

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10-16-2006 01:59 PM
Dany

umm well i was having a similar problem then i found that these files are actually split up. So in order to combine them together again (example: avi.001 and avi.002) there is a program called hjsplit. It splits your files up and can join them again. So if you have 2 files or more that are actually parts of the same file then by using hjsplit and combining the files you can transfer it back into a normal avi file thereby allowing you to play it. I really hope this helps you, i know it helped me. Just google hjsplit and you will find the program.
and btw vlc is very good, if you guys odnt have it you should definitely check it out. reply

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10-25-2006 08:13 PM
ichigo rox

Hi

downloaded a file name with kir(dvd-rip).wmv.kk2. But dont know how to play the file. Its not opening in windows media player. can anybody help me out how to play this...?

Mura reply

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10-27-2006 09:35 PM
mura

hey chess..it works
http://www.treepad.net/download/hjsplit.zip

I downloaded and scanned it for virus then unzipped it. Not install, just run the .exe in the zip file. Pretty self explained. The files need to be in the file.avi.001 file.avi.002 ... joined and i could watch the complete video..thanks reply

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03-21-2007 03:26 AM
tejisgreat

Im in quite a pickle here, i recently downloaded 7 parts to the movie 300. They were 001 002 003 004 005 006 007 files. I used BinJoin to join the files, it was suppose to be a .avi file but its listed as “file” instead, i tried playing it with WMP11 and it says that it doesnt know what kind of extension it is but it still might be able to play it, i click ok and then wallah it plays. But im trying to burn it using Windows DVD Maker and i am not able to. So Im trying to join the files so the end result is a .AVI file not some dumb “file"file. I think trying to rename the 7 individual files to file.avi.001, file.avi.oo2.)... like Chess said and then join them might work but i was a complete retard by deleting the individual files, i thought at the time i wouldnt need them anymore since i got the combined file) (Yes i am officially a noob i know.) Well my question is could i just split the files again into 7 parts using HJSplitter and then rename it to file.avi.001, file.avi.002... and then join then, do you think the end result will be a .AVI, im sure then Windows DVD Maker will then be able to recognize it. Sorry for how long it is and any help would be much appreciated reply

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04-26-2007 09:32 PM
PostPwned

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