How to Convert AVI to VLC Media Files


VLC media files are actually any media that the VLC Media Player supports, including AVIs. Fortunately, VLC Media Player, free for download, supports and is capable of converting many types of files for both Mac and PC users. VLC allows its users to convert, or transcode, AVIs to PC-specific WMVs, high-quality MPEGs, DivX movies and more. Note that converting AVIs to other video formats may result in some loss of video quality, due to compression standards.

Things You'll Need

  • VLC Media Player
  • Download and install VLC Media Player (see the Resource section below). Agree to the terms of use, and open the program.

  • Click on the "Media" menu, and select "Open File." Locate your AVI file in the finder window, and open the file in VLC.

  • Click on the "Media" menu, and then select "Convert/Save" to bring up the input file window and begin the transcoding process.

  • Find the file in the "My Computer" side screen if your file is not already selected, and highlight it. Click on "Convert/Save."

  • Click on the box next to "File" in the upper-left corner of the "Stream Output" window. Rename your output file to keep both your old AVI file and new VLC video file.

  • Select an "Encapsulation" method (e.g., MPEG). Click on the arrow next to the "Custom" button on the right side of the screen to bring up more options. Click on "Save."

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