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Forum Name The Digital Video FAQ
Topic subjectRE: AVI files do not work
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7, RE: AVI files do not work
Posted by Schirmacher on Thu Jan-01-70 12:00 AM
AVI files contain compressed video, and to display the contents the software must decompress the video data. There are many different compression schemes implemented, so many different software decoders are required.

Kino has only one codec for handling the DV compression scheme. Therefore it can only display AVI files containing this particular type of video data.

Earlier versions of Windows, on the other hand, come with a lot of codecs, but the DV codec is missing. Therefore these Windows systems can display most AVI files, with the exception of Kino's and dvgrab's AVI files.

The easiest way of installing the missing codec on a Windows system is to install a demo version of an arbitrary video editing software, which will also install the missing codec. The codec will usually work even after the demo version has expired.