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Home > Photography>How to Repair a Broken or Corrupt AVI File


1. Convert Popular Formats to AVI+
  1. 1.1 WMV to AVI Converter
  2. 1.2 MOV to AVI Converter
  3. 1.3 MOV to AVI Converter for Mac
  4. 1.4 MKV to AVI Converter
  5. 1.5 Free MP4 to AVI Converter
  6. 1.6 WebM to AVI Converter
  7. 1.7 MPG to AVI Converter
  8. 1.8 FLV to AVI Converter
  9. 1.9 Convert ISO to AVI
  10. 1.10 Convert M4V to AVI
  11. 1.11 3GP to AVI Converter
  12. 1.12 RMVB to AVI Converter
  13. 1.13 DivX to AVI Converter
  14. 1.14 WLMP to AVI Converter
  15. 1.15 VRO to AVI Converter
  16. 1.16 Video TS to AVI Converter
  17. 1.17 DV to AVI Conveter
  18. 1.18 MTS to AVI Converter
  19. 1.19 VOB to AVI Converter
  20. 1.20 Convert MP3 to AVI
  21. 1.21 MKV to AVI Conveter
  22. 1.22 GIF to AVI Converter
  23. 1.23 MP4 to AVI Converter with VLC
  24. 1.24 Convert FLV to AVI
2. Convert Other Formats to AVI+
  1. 2.1 ASF to AVI Converter
  2. 2.2 MXF to AVI Converter
  3. 2.3 MOD to AVI Converter
  4. 2.4 Convert MP4 to AVI
  5. 2.5 Convert MP4 to AVI on Mac
  6. 2.5 Convert DVD to AVI
  7. 2.7 Convert WTV to AVI
  8. 2.8 Convert DVR to AVI
  9. 2.9 Convert Torrent to AVI
  10. 2.10 Convert AVCHD to AVI
  11. 2.11 Convert MSWMM to AVI
  12. 2.12 Convert OGV to AVI
  13. 2.13 Convert YouTube video to AVI
  14. 2.14 Convert Windows Movie Maker Video to AVI
  15. 2.15 Convert Windows DVD Maker Video to AVI
  16. 2.16 Burn DVD to AVI with handbrake
  17. 2.17 Export Windows Live Movie Maker in AVI
  18. 2.18 Free M2TS to AVI Converter
  19. 2.19 Convert JPG to AVI
  20. 2.20 Convert PPT to AVI
3. Convert AVI to Popular Formats+
  1. 3.1 AVI to MOV Converter
  2. 3.2 AVI to MOV Online Converter
  3. 3.3 AVI to MKV Converter
  4. 3.4 AVI to 3GP Online Converter
  5. 3.5 AVI to M4V Converter
  6. 3.6 AVI to FLV Converter
  7. 3.7 AVI to WMV Converter
  8. 3.8 Free AVI to MPEG Converter
  9. 3.9 AVI to SWF Converter
  10. 3.10 AVI to DVD Converter
  11. 3.11 AVI to DivX Converter
  12. 3.12 AVI to ISO Converter
  13. 3.13 AVI to TS Converter
  14. 3.14 AVI to VOB Converter
  15. 3.15 Convert AVI to MP4
  16. 3.16 Convert AVI to MP3
  17. 3.17 AVI to MPEG Converter for Mac
  18. 3.18 AVI to MPEG Converter
  19. 3.19 Convert AVI to MP4 with VLC
  20. 3.20 Convert AVI to WAV
4. Convert AVI to Other Formats+
  1. 4.1 Convert AVI to iTunes
  2. 4.2 Convert AVI to WebM
  3. 4.3 Convert AVI to 3GP
  4. 4.4 Convert AVI to iMovie
  5. 4.5 Import AVI to iMovie
  6. 4.6 Convert AVI to Xvid
  7. 4.7 Convert AVI to Chromecast
  8. 4.8 Convert AVI to MPEG2
  9. 4.9 Convert AVI to MPEG4
  10. 4.10 Convert AVI to iPod
  11. 4.11 Convert AVI to GIF
  12. 4.12 Convert AVI to iPhone
  13. 4.13 Convert AVI to FCP Mac
  14. 4.14 Convert AVI to YouTube
  15. 4.15 Burn AVI to DVD
5. Convert AVI Online +
  1. 5.1 Online AVI Converter
  2. 5.2 Online Video Converter to AVI
  3. 5.3 Free WMV to AVI Online Converter
  4. 5.4 Free VOB to AVI Online Converter
  5. 5.5 MP4 to AVI Converter Online
  6. 5.6 FLV to AVI Converter Online
  7. 5.7 Convert AVI to MP4 Online
  8. 5.8 Convert AVI to MPEG Online
  9. 5.9 Convert MKV to AVI Online
6. Play AVI+
  1. 6.1 Top AVI Player
  2. 6.2 Play AVI on Mac
  3. 6.3 Play AVI on iPad
  4. 6.4 Play AVI on iPhone
  5. 6.5 Play AVI on Xbox one
  6. 6.6 Play AVI on Xbox360
  7. 6.7 Play AVI with VLC Player
  8. 6.8 Play AVI in QuickTime
  9. 6.9 Play AVI in Windows Media Player
  10. 6.10 Play AVI in Samsung galaxy s6
  11. 6.11 Play AVI on Apple TV
  12. 6.12 Play AVI on TV
7. AVI Tips & Tricks+
  1. 7.1 MOVAVI Alternative for Windows
  2. 7.2 MOVAVI Alternative
  3. 7.3 Free AVI Converter on Mac
  4. 7.4 AVI Converter for Windows 10
  5. 7.5 Free AVI Converters on Mac
  6. 7.6 AVI Converters
  7. 7.7 Free AVI Player for windows
  8. 7.8 AVI Player for Mac
  9. 7.9 AVI Cutter
  10. 7.10 Make AVI Smaller
  11. 7.11 Reduce AVI File Size
  12. 7.12 Compress AVI
  13. 7.13 Add Metadata to AVI
  14. 7.14 3D AVI Creator
  15. 7.15 Repair AVI File
  16. 7.16 What Is an AVI File

How to Repair a Broken or Corrupt AVI File

by Christine Smith • 2023-07-17 22:33:38 • Proven solutions

Have you ever encountered that AVI files fail to play? Don't get upset and toss them into the trash, actually, they're actually several ways you can use to repair the AVI video. The article will guide you through 4 options that are available to you.

Part 1. Fix AVI Errors with VLC Player

VLC Player, available from, is one of the best video players that comes with 2 great attributes.

  1. It is an open-source application that is totally free.
  2. It automatically fixes many common problems of AVI files.

As a result, you can download VLC first, and then load your target AVI file into it to see if it could repair the AVI video for you. If no, you need to look elsewhere for a solution.


If you want to convert AVI to any other video format, just move to A Quick Way to Convert AVI to Other Video Formats >> to learn more.

Part 2. Digital Video Repair

Another great utility for fixing the most common faults found with AVI files is Digital Video Repair. This handy little utility will fix most common AVI file faults, which includes:

  • Audio-visual synchronization problems
  • AVI files that are incomplete or are partially corrupt
  • AVI files that you cannot fast-forward or advance through
  • AVI files that freeze whilst playing

digital video repair

You do not need any technical expertise when you use Digital Video Repair, all you need is to download the utility, load your broken AVI file into the program and click on the Check Errors button.

Note: Don't worry about Digital Video Repair corrupting your original file whilst it is processing. The utility will output a brand new file, in other words, your original AVI file remains untouched.

Part 3. Check AVI Index and Make Adjustments Manually

If both VLC Player and Digital Video Repair won't fix your AVI file, then the next step is to try and recover the file manually. Before you go any further make a copy of your AVI file – never perform a manual fix on your only copy! There's always the chance you'll make a mistake when attempting to recover your AVI file, so only try and repair copies of the original file.

An AVI file is built using an index, which functions similarly to a web page that is built using HTML code. This index must in the correct format, or else the AVI file won't play, just like a web page will not display correctly if the HTML is in the wrong format. Therefore, you can download a hex editor like Midnight Commander to check if your AVI video is in the correct format. Generally, the typical AVI file format is as follows.

avi file format

And the important information within an AVI file is usually separated into 3 parts:

  • The video title is written in the LIST/hdrl chunk
  • The video itself separated into chunks and synced with sound chunks inside the LIST/movi chunk
  • The AVIIndex chunk

You can easily repair any error you may find in each section. Commonly these are:

  • Damaged AVIIndex chunk
  • Damaged audio or video data in the LIST/movi chunk
  • No LIST/movi chunk starting video and audio data
  • No RIFF/AVI chunk with the following title intact
  • Damaged AVI title (MainAVIHeader) following the RIFF/AVI Chun

You can use a hex editor to recover these errors and save your copied AVI file once complete, You can then try it again in your media player. You may find that after making these edits either VLC Player or Digital Video Repair will now be able to process and repair any remaining errors.

Part 4. Go to Professional Expert

As you can see in the previous section, repairing an AVI file can mean you need a fairly decent level of computer know-how if you are forced to do it manually. If you are uncomfortable in manually editing technical computer files, then you may want to leave it to someone else. Ask around your friends–typically someone will know of a computer expert who will be able to do the necessary to repair your file. If not, go on the internet and see if any computer wizards exist in your local area. Just contact them explaining your issue and see what they can do to help.

To include, if you have an AVI file that you desperately need, then don't simply give up when you find it doesn't play. Follow the tips outlined above and soon you'll be able to play your corrupted AVI file once again, whilst becoming a little more computer-savvy as a result!

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