As the most popular media player, VLC has a reputation for supporting all kinds of video and audio formats. Yet, many users complain about VLC not playing Xvid codec. So, can VLC play Xvid encoded files? If it can, how to play Xvid codec movies in VLC correctly? To find out the answer, please read through this article.
Michelle | May 7, 2021
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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 will also see Xvid content with .m4v, .3gp2, and .xvid extensions.

Xvid encoded videos can be decoded with all ASP-compliant decoders and players, such as the libavcodec-based VLC Media Player. Usually, VLC can play Xvid files without any additional software. However, you may sometimes encounter VLC not playing Xvid encoded files issue. Such error is probably caused by outdated VLC versions. You can either install the latest VLC version from the official VLC website or update your current VLC to the newest version (Open VLC > “Help” > “Check for Updates…”) to get the full VLC codec pack. If the updated VLC still failed to play the Xvid files, you can try the methods in the following part.

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How to Play Xvid Codec Movies in VLC?

• Method 1. Convert Xvid Encoded Video to H264 Encoded MP4

The best way to play Xvid encoded files on VLC or other platforms is to convert Xvid to MP4 with H.264 codec, the universally recognized video format and codec.

To do this, you will need a reliable video converter. Here we recommend Free HD Video Converter Factory, a powerful video converter that can easily transcode Xvid encoded files to MP4 using H.264 encoder. Besides, it also supports conversion among hundreds of profiles, such as H265, VP9, MKV, MOV, MP3, WAV, iPhone, iPad, Android, and YouTube. On top of that, this video converter is free, safe, and easy to use. Now, we will show you how to convert Xvid to MP4 with this video converter in the following steps.

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Step 1. Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory and open the “Converter.”

Step 2. Click “+ Add Files” to import the Xvid encoded video into the converter. Or you can directly drag and drop the file into the program.

Tips: You can use the converter as a video player by clicking the play button on the imported file.

Step 3. Hit the right-side output format image and choose MP4 or H.264 (for MP4) under the video tab.

Step 4. Go to “Parameter settings” and make sure the video encoder is H264.

Step 5. When everything is ready, click “Run” to start the conversion.

• Method 2. Download and Install Xvid Codec for VLC Manually

The second way to play Xvid is to use Xvid codec with VLC. Follow the instructions below to learn how to download Xvid codec for VLC manually.

Step 1. Go to and get the Xvid codec. Or you can install a codec multipack, such as K-Lite Mega Codec Pack that bundles Xvid as well as other codecs.

Step 2. Click the downloaded Xvid software and follow the onscreen instructions to install the Xvid codec. But be sure to install the codec in the directory where the VLC is installed.


By using these two methods, you should play Xvid movies as smoothly as other videos. Nevertheless, we suggest that you stick to the first method because it would be a one-size-fits-all solution to play the video on any device and platform without getting the corresponding codec. Get the video converter here:

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That’s all for now. Hope this article have solved your VLC Xvid issue. If you has any other questions, please feel free to contact me via Twitter. And I’ll do my best to help. Thanks for reading!

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