XVID File Extension

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Xvid-Encoded Video Format
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    Xvid
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What is XVID file?

The files that comprise of the .XVID file format are the ones that are primarily used for video clips and moves that have been encoded with the help of the Xvid open-source video codec. Such format is useful in compressing the video data files using the MPEG-4 technology. This enables the smaller sized files to enjoy a faster data transmission of the .XVID format movies over the Web.

A variety of ASP functions and features are utilized by the .XVID files including the quarter and global pixel motion compensation, custom quantization matrices, lumi masking and b-frames. The .XVID file format is compatible with most of the computing platforms.

Programs which support XVID file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support XVID files. XVID files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

How to open file with XVID extension?

Problems with accessing XVID may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with XVID files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Windows Media Player software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening XVID files is that no program that can handle XVID files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Windows Media Player or one to the listed programs: Winamp, Media Player Classic, BS.Player. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Windows Media Player installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update Windows Media Player to the latest version

If you already have Windows Media Player installed on your systems and XVID files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why XVID files are not compatible with Windows Media Player. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Windows Media Player.

Step 3. Associate Xvid-Encoded Video Format files with Windows Media Player

After installing Windows Media Player (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open XVID files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the XVID with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Windows Media Player is installed, check the Always use this app to open XVID files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the XVID file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select Windows Media Player and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with XVID extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the XVID is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the XVID file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. The XVID may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the XVID is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the XVID file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with XVID extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic XVID file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with XVID extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Windows Media Player

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support XVID files. Close all running programs and try opening the XVID file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Xvid-Encoded Video Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle XVID files.

Conversion of a XVID file

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