Want to know how to effortlessly play your Xvid movie files in VLC? This article shares three simple methods.

Michelle Michelle | Updated on Jan 5, 2024

What is Xvid? Does VLC Support Xvid Videos?

Xvid (formerly "XviD") is not a video container format like MP4, but a video compression format (codec) for compressing video to and decompressing video from the MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile (ASP) format. Video encoded with Xvid is MPEG-4 ASP video, and it is mainly stored in the AVI container. But you may also see Xvid content with .m4v, .3gp2, and .xvid extensions.

Xvid-encoded videos can be decoded using all ASP-compatible decoders and players, such as the libavcodec-based VLC media player. Generally speaking, VLC can play Xvid files without any additional software. However, you may sometimes encounter issues with VLC not playing Xvid. Such errors may be caused by missing Xvid codec. To resolve this issue, this post offers three methods. Read on

Convert Xvid for VLC

Convert unplayable Xvid videos to MP4, WMV, H.264, MPEG4, and other VLC-compatible formats with WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Then, you can play the converted files in VLC smoothly. If you feel getting Xvid codec for VLC is not suitable for your case, this video converter will be a good way to go. Download it and have a try!

How to Play Xvid Codec Movies in VLC?

Method 1. Update VLC codec library

By using the latest version of VLC, you can get an up-to-date VLC codec library, which may just contain the missing Xvid codec. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Open VLC.

Step 2. Click Help > Check for Updates...

Step 3. If an update is available, click Yes to download the latest version.

Alternatively, you can uninstall the current VLC, then download and install the latest VLC from https://www.videolan.org/vlc/.

Update VLC codec library

Method 2. Download Xvid codec for VLC

If updating the VLC codec library doesn't work, you can try installing a third-party Xvid codec for VLC. The specific method is as follows:

Step 1. Visit https://www.xvid.com/ and download the Xvid software. Or, you can install a codec pack, such as the K-Lite Codec Pack, which has a range of commonly used codecs including Xvid.

Step 2. Click on the downloaded Xvid software and follow the on-screen prompts to install the codec into the VLC installation directory.

Step 3. Now, open VLC and check if it can play Xvid.

Download Xvid codec for VLC

Method 3. Convert Xvid to a VLC-compatible format

You can also convert Xvid videos to VLC supported formats for smooth playback using a handy video converter such as WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Please download download the software and follow the steps.

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Step 1. Launch the software and click 'Converter'.

Step 2. Click '+ Add Files' to import the Xvid video into the converter.

Step 3. Click the format image on the right. Under the 'Video' tab, choose 'MP4' or 'H.264' (for MP4).

Step 4. Click 'Run' to start converting. After the conversion, you should be able to play the converted file in VLC without any problem.

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Although VLC should play Xvid files, if you encounter playback failure, you can try updating VLC, installing Xvid codec, or converting Xvid file to fix this error. I hope this article was useful to you. Thanks for reading.

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