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How To Open AVI Files

AVI files—or Audio Video Interleaved files—contain both audio and video files in a data container. Like DVD video format, AVI files allow synchronized playback of audio with video.

To experience high definition (HD) qualities of your AVI file, you should open your AVI file using a virtual player. HowSpot recommends VLC Media Player for high-quality viewing.


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    Download and install your free copy of VLC Media Player.

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    Run VLC Media Player for use.

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    Open a folder by clicking the menu Media > Open Folder.

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    Navigate and find the MKV file you wish to open.

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    Click Choose Folder. The MKV file should load.

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    If it is a movie or TV show, it will display an on-screen menu as it would on a DVD player. Click on the on-screen menu’s Start option to begin playing your media.


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