Sometimes, the video you download is saved in VID format and this file cannot be opened in your media player and editor. If you are curious about this file, you have come to the right place. This article will tell you everything you need to know about the VID format, including what a .vid file is, how to open a .vid file, and more. Please read on.

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Michelle Michelle | Updated on Nov 9, 2023

What is a .vid File?

VID format is a generic video format. Files with the .vid extension are video files encapsulated in the VID container format, and these videos can actually be MP4 videos or other videos.

The VID file format has been around for many years. It was used by some CCTV systems, game recording software, etc., but the use of .vid format is infrequent today.

How to Open a .vid File?

Since a VID file can be any video, you can try opening such a file with VLC Media Player. You can drop the .vid file directly into this media player, or right-click the .vid file > Open with... > select VLC (make sure VLC is pre-installed on your device).

On Windows, you can also open .vid files in Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic, MPlayer, PotPlayer, and more. Since Apple does not support the VID format, you will need a third-party program such as Elmedia Player or VLC for Mac to play such files. If you need to edit a VID file, you must first convert the file format.

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How to Convert VID Format?

You can also convert .vid files for easier playback or editing. WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory is a free and easy-to-use video converter that can handle all major formats, including VID. Here is a quick tutorial on how to convert VID format using this software.

Before start, please downloaddownload the software and install it on your PC.

Step 1. Launch the software and open the Converter. Click on “+ Add Files” to import the VID files into this converter.

Step 2. Click on the right-side format image and select your desired format under the Video tab.

Step 3. Click the bottom ▼ button to set an output folder. Finally, hit “Run” to start the conversion.

.vid Format to .mp4 - Output

Still Can't Open .vid Files?

If you are unable to open a VID file using the above programs, the file may be corrupted or the file may not be a video file. You can use MediaInfo to check the media file type. Or check its size, if it's only a few kb it's unlikely to be a video file.

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