AVI file won't play on Real Player, Windows Media, DivX, Media Player Classic...

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03-25-2007 12:01 PM

Help! I have the first season of 24 in AVI files on my computer. Some of the episodes work and others don’t (Season 1 Episode 3 works but not Episode 4). The file format is exactly the same from what I can tell: 24 Season 1 Episode 03 - 2am-3am.avi and the other is 24 Season 1 Episode 04 - 3am-4am.avi .
I’ve downloaded K-lite and have tried in:
Real Player (message: Cannot play back the file. The format is not supported.),
Windows Media (message: 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),
DivX: (message: Failed to open file. Please check that it is a valid video file)
Media Player Classic: Message: Cannot render file

I don’t understand what is making the difference from one episode to the next! All these programs are updated as well.

Please help me!

Thank you! reply


03-25-2007 02:07 PM

I also wanted to add one more thing...I tried using GSpot and it can’t find any codecs for it either! reply


03-30-2007 07:26 PM
Mathieu G

Maybe the files are broken.

Have you tried with VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)? reply


03-30-2007 08:34 PM

No...I’ll try that.
Thank-you! reply


04-27-2008 09:35 PM

hi ,
i just wanna know to play avi .
i feel like i’m amuter not to play it .. reply


04-30-2008 03:30 PM

hey guys, i need help here..
I have an avi file, i don’t have a problem with the sound. It just won’t show the video. Divx says i need to install “DirectShow Decoder”.. But my biggest problem is i don’t know what to install specifically. There’s a lot of DirectShow Decoder but i don’t know which one to install. Please help asap.. Thanks in advance reply


10-27-2008 06:54 PM

hey guys, need halp please. im stock for two days now. i have a VLC media player, it plays all my downloaded movies with no problem, but my windows media player, have sound but no video. how do i burne movie on dvd, using VLC media player. thank you very much, please be very detailed, im not very bright with this thing reply


12-05-2008 07:56 PM

I have the same problem.I have windows media player classic. I think it may be broken files. but then again i have tried loads of files and all say 'cannot render file' reply


12-17-2008 06:06 PM

I kind of have the same problem as you guys...

I’ve downloaded an IFO file, which plays perfectly in Media Player Classic. Now, I want to have subtitles with it. I did not know how to do this first so i searched and found out you just download a file with text and name it the same as the movie. Whenever i try to do that, name my SRT file the same as my IFO file, it just says “Cannot render the file”.

Help, I looked at CCCP’s wiki and it said MPC supports SRT format. Don’t know what to do >_< reply


12-29-2008 02:05 PM
faizal ahmed

avi files problem reply


01-04-2009 01:52 AM

i burned a dvd w/ 4 .avi files on it. 3 of the 4 will play on the divX dvd player. One will not, i noticed the three that did play were 700MB and under. The one that did not was over 1000MB. wonder if the size is keeping it from playing. i’m going to try and burn it by itself on a dvd. reply


01-04-2009 09:47 PM

just letting all you guys browsing forums know that i have had the same problem, i have just downloaded 3 movies from Utorrent, it took me 2 days to download them, and then i realised they would not play in any player, i searched many websites and forums, and i was told to download numerous Codecs and Codec packs etc, i was also told to download several different movie players, i tried so many players, and so many codecs, and it turns out that all 3 movies were FAKE and WILL NOT WORK NO MATTER WHAT. so if you cant play it through DivX player [www.divx.com] chances are no matter what codec or video player you use, it wont work. from this i have realised that when i download torrent files i ALWAYS add 'divX' to the search name and only ever download a file that is a Divx file (you can tell because its always in the name)
i have no problems with that.
i wasted alot of time downloading so many codecs and programs, i wasted alot of time, and im hoping to save yours. reply


01-21-2009 07:11 PM

hey guys, good an bad news in regards to AVI files, mine weren’t playing sound when i had downloaded them, some were and others weren’t it was really annoying, however i found that if you use, handbrake to change teh file formate to mp4 or M4V the sound miracously works when you play the file through itunes. it does however leave a 1 second delay. you win some, you loose some reply


01-31-2009 06:22 PM

i have samsung video recorder with head cam it saysdvd quality mpeg4 but it wont play on windows media or divx or acer media player please help smart computer people reply


02-01-2009 10:09 PM

Hi all,

Please try VLC and KMPplayer. reply


02-28-2009 03:07 PM


I have same problem with avi files..it won’t play...I downloaded codec, winamp,avi and may more video players but unable to play.

plz suggest some good solution.... reply


03-02-2009 10:35 AM
1,580 posts

This is really late, but here’s the lowdown: AVI is just the container. Inside it the video stream and the audio stream can be encoded using various codecs. So if one AVI plays but not another, it’s likely you don’t have the decoder for the one that doesn’t play.
If you’re super-lazy you’re free to try VLC or download codec packs, but keep in mind no codec pack or all-in-one player has all codecs.
I suggest that you use some diagnostic tools to find out what’s inside the AVI then search for and download the appropriate codecs. I wrote a thread on what tools to use here: http://www.moviecodec.com/topics/61931p1.html
Those tools are pretty good at telling you whether a file is fake or no good either. reply


05-15-2009 04:29 PM

I don’t understand whats going on with my computer. It used to always let me play avi files but now for some reason it won’t. Someone help me please! reply


05-18-2009 02:39 AM

Hi guys, my problem and of some of the others is that “small” avi files (700 MB)play on a DIVX DVD player while larger files (>1000 MB)don’t. Any suggestion (besides splitting the file into n smaller ones)?
Thnx reply


05-31-2009 02:48 AM

when i play .avi files on real player i just hear the sound reply


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