5 ways to play Xvid Videos

Summary: XviD codec is often used in AVI container and many media players or devices can't play it. But here the article teach you top 5 ways to play XviD video with XviD media player or by installing XviD codec. But the best way is to convert XviD to MP4/MKV/MOV and other more compatible video to play. 

What is XviD?


XviD is a cross-platform video codec that follows MPEG-4 standards and is a free software and is distributed under GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). XviD is a DivX competitor and you should also be noticing that the reverse of DivX is XviD. Unlike DivX, XviD is Open-Source, meaning you can develop/modify its core. As I said before, XviD is cross-platform meaning it can be used on all platforms or Operating Systems. Learn >> Software to rip DVD to XviD/DivX


How to Play XviD Videos?


Method 1: Play XviD video with VLC


The VLC Media Player is by far the easiest solution to playing files with XviD content. It supports many multimedia container formats including AVI, MKV and OGM, and can decode XviD without you needing to install any additional software. Also, it will play AC3, MP3 or OGG Vorbis audio, meaning your audio should definitely work too. 

To open your video file with VLC, run the program after you install it, and click Media. Select Open File and an File Browser will pop up letting you navigate through your hard disk drive for your video file. It will play the file you choose.


Method 2: Play XviD using DirectShow with ffdshow


If you want to play XviD content with a DirectShow-based player such as Windows Media Player (shown above), then you need to install a codec or filter for XviD video. This gives you two different options to choose from.


* XviD Codec: The word codec is an abbreviation for Coder / Decoder - so you can use it to create and decode XviD video. When you install the XviD codec, it will work with your system so that when you try to play with a DirectShow-based player (Windows Media Player), it will be used to decode the video content, but not the audio. If you try to play your video after installing the XviD codec and you find you have no audio, then check the "What about AC3 Audio?" part of this guide. 

* FFDShow:
FFDShow is a set of DirectShow filters. We personally believe that installing FFDShow is a must for anybody who watches a lot of video on their computer in a variety of different formats. FFDShow has a wonderful advantage over just installing the XviD codec, it will give you much better odds at having your audio decoded. This is recommended regardless of what else you do. 

Method 3: Playing XviD on Windows Media Player


You can play XviD movies with Windows Media Player by installing XviD codec. XviD codec installation is as simple as playing a movie. You can download it either from the official website. Once you have downloaded the codec, just install it. Once you are done, try playing an XviD movie on WMP. If it works, you’ve successfully installed XviD codec.


Method 4: Play XviD with BSPlayer


BSPlayer v1.37 - BSPlayer is yet another XviD player or an alternative that's capable of playing back most media files (i.e. AVI, MPG, ASF, WMV, WAV and MP3) and subtitle formats (i.e. MicroDVD, Subviewer and SubRip). The player also supports custom subtitle positioning, colors, fonts and transparency. If you want to change how the interface look or feel, you can easily download new skins online. Finally, this player features quite an efficient CPU and memory usage, so if you run into problems with skipping during playback; you might want to give this player a try. 


Method 5: Play XviD video by converting it


If you want to playXviD on iPhone 7, iPad Pro, PS4 Pro, Apple TV 5, Xbox One S, etc, the best way is to convert XviD to more compatible MP4, MOV video with some video converters.


For this purpose, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate <Mac version> is strongly recommended. It supports any video and audio format, application and even device. Download Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows and Mac to start to convert XviD to MP4, MOV, DivX, 3GP, WMV, FLV, etc.



How to Convert XviD files with the Video Converter?


Step 1: Add XviD videos by hitting Add Videos.


Step 2: Choose any format or device you want from Format.


Step 3: Hit Convert at the bottom-right corner of the interface.



With Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, you not only can play XviD video with any media players and devices, but also can play Blu-ray, DVD, MKV, MP4, WMV, FLV, H.265, etc video anywhere.


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