help to play avi files please

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10-26-2004 09:19 AM

please, i need help. i have an avi file that i can’t view except on windows media player. i want to be able to put it on disc. everytime i try to view it it says 'video not available, cannot find vids:xvid compressor'. please what do i need to view this and to put it on a disc? reply


10-26-2004 09:07 PM

You’re not very clear in what you’re saying. Are you able to play the file in Windows Media Player or not?
If not, download the xvid binaries at
What do you mean you want to put it on disc? Are you trying to burn a data cd with the avi on it? Are you trying to make a vcd, svcd, or dvd out of it? In any of those cases, are you trying to view them on an external player (not a pc)? Is the (dvd?) player divx-enabled? reply


10-27-2004 06:49 AM

wow! i had no idea of the complexities!!!
ok, i wish to put it on vcd so i can watch it on an ordinary dvd player.
i HAVE been able to put it on a disc and play it through windows. i can also open the file on my harddrive on windows.
it is when i play it on nero that i experience the difficulty. i can hear it but i cannot see it!!
also the disc i made will not play on my dvd’s. it says 'no disc'.
i cannot understand that because i have other vcd’s made from avi. files and they play perfectly.
hope this is a bit more comprehendable!!


10-27-2004 09:14 AM

(I’m guessing you’re using nero to make the vcd’s). If nero can’t read the video stream, it can’t convert it either.
The only things I can think of that can prevent nero from viewing the file would be a directshow codec handler instead of vfw (video for windows) - which can happen if another codec is trying to decode xvid fourcc’s and is only directshow.
Here’s some things you can do to make sure xvid handles xvid videos only.
- If you don’t have xvid, download it! That’s the xvid binaries.
- If you have xvid, or once you have it, go to your start menu, find xvid, and choose 'configure decoder'. make sure all the boxes are unchecked.
- If you have divx 5, go to your start menu and find the 'decoder configuration utility'. Look under 'quality settings' and uncheck the box 'support generic mpeg-4'
- If you have 3ivx, find 3ivx config in your start menu, then go to video decoder, directshow priority, and uncheck all the boxes.
At that point I’m pretty sure xvid avi’s will be handled by the xvid codec only.

Just a personal thought: I hate it when codecs try to handle other codecs' fourcc’s (divx 3, 4, 5, xvid, and 3ivx are all different flavors of mpeg-4; they try to handle other fourcc’s to boast 'i’m the best decoder of the bunch'). I think they should just handle the fourcc they’re designed to handle and that’s it.


10-30-2004 11:33 PM

I believe the reason your window player cannot read the file is most likely u dont have the correct video codec needed to play it depending on the way the file is encoded. In this case, its probably xvid. U can get it as recommended above. I dont really get what u mean about being to put it on disc and playing it through windows? r u still talking about the same avi file here? Anyway if u are using nero to make vcd, if u cant see the pic, its most likely u wont be able to see it even if u convert it to vcd. I dont really use nero, but I find that when I convert the file to vcd, the quality dropped drastically. I am currently using a dvd player that can read avi file, I suggest u try that and u dont have to sacrifice the quality. reply


11-27-2004 06:54 AM

thank you anonymus. I had the same problem, some avi files didn’t play properly anywhere, but now they are solved. ¤M¤ reply


12-15-2004 01:52 PM
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11-11-2005 12:20 PM

I AM PERMANENTLY WITHIN YOUR DEBT. I’m finally able to get the vid my friend gave me working on my computer! Yay! Advent Children! reply


11-24-2005 04:35 PM

wow some ppl think its bad to get to detailed i go online cuz my advent chilren doent work right and i know its a problem between codecs divx and xvid and u laid it all out Thank you happy thanksgiving-= orion-x reply


11-24-2005 05:08 PM
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HI I hope someone here can help me
Im geting Bad Image on alot on my puter
one I need to get pics from my cam to my puter and its not working .... here is what is says
(VP50.EXE- Bad Image
the application or DLL c\WINDOWS\system32\ksuser.dll is not a valid windows image. please check this against your installation diskette)
I dont know what happen to my computer but this sucks big time.... I tried system restore but I can only got back so far and it still will not fix it .... someone please help.... I dont know much about computers so be ez with me :) Thanks reply


11-25-2005 05:55 PM

2 seperate problems, one is the vp50, that is on2 codec vp5, and you probably should remove and reinstall it. Same goes for the cam software. The ksuser file is part of the capture driver. Uninstall the software for your cam and reboot, reinstall.
If this doesn’t work, then you’ll need to do a repair install of windows to get the winxp capture drivers corrected.

The xvid problem is the xvid acm componant. Try to remove and reinstall xvid, get the latest binary correct for your cpu.
Or alternatively you could just use FFDshow, it uses the same basic code for the filters and makes everythingmuch neater and safer.

You may have a problem with xvid and other codecs that ALSO handle xvid type video competing to run. So none do.

check you codec settings and make certain that you don’t have several set to decode 'generic mpg4'. That will cause all of them to fight nto decode the same file.

Try Radlight Filter Manager to organize your codecs.


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08-25-2006 01:16 AM

Hey guys.I’m trying to look at some Videos...DBz videos.And the videos are avi.. and i cant look at them. It keeps telling me this.. “Windows Media Player cannot play the file. One or more codecs required to play the file could not be found."

what can i do so i play the “avi” files?

plz.thnx alot reply


08-25-2006 03:25 AM

Install the codec for avi,eg.Divx or Xvid,google for it. reply


07-09-2007 11:54 AM

Thank you for helping to solve my problem with those most troublesome of formats. reply


09-20-2007 05:53 PM

i got a video “avi” and i have gotten all the codecs i have found. i have went down a list over and oer and it still keeps telling me i need the right codecs. is there a way to find out exactly what codecs? or can some one tell me what im doing wrong??? reply


09-21-2007 09:51 AM

I have an AVI video clip which will play on XP but will not on a new VISTA model. It says it’s short of a Codec.
I think the one thats missing is an Indeo Video 5.
Can this be installed on Vista platform and if so, how do I get it from XP machine? reply


03-01-2008 09:31 AM
1 posts

I am having thr same proble. I tried all of your tips without any luck. I am trying to imbed a movie into acrobat 5.0. I used a Pazerna mp4 to avi converter to convert the file to avi format. I am getting this message when I try to play the movie in acrobat. reply


08-23-2008 05:37 AM

why cant i play an ordinary video clip which i stored on a cd-r on my dvd player? hope you can help me asap reply


09-06-2008 09:14 PM

i can not play an avi file in windows media player how can i convet this file inorder to play this in windows media player reply


04-25-2009 03:02 AM

Download Gom Player

You can view AVI movies no problem reply


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