What Is an XVID File?

How to play, edit, and convert XVID files

An XVID file uses the Xvid codec. It's not a video format like MP4, but instead a program that's used to compress and decompress video to MPEG-4 ASP, a compression standard, to save on disk space and file transfer speeds.

Because of the compression supported in Xvid content, a full-length movie can usually be compressed sufficiently to retain DVD quality while still fitting on a CD.

Although you might be using a file that has the .XVID file extension, many file containers store Xvid video content. Depending on who made it, the file might be named something like video.xvid.avi for an AVI file, for example.

Xvid is distributed under the GPL free software license. It can be compiled on any compatible operating system and device without limitation.

How to Play XVID Files

XVID Files
XVID Files.

Many modern DVD and Blu-ray players can play XVID files. Although the DivX codec is different from the Xvid codec, video players that display the DivX logo usually support XVID files. Sometimes, the logo is on the device manufacturer's website rather than on the video player, so check there if you're not sure whether your player supports this format.

However, XVID videos that have been encoded with advanced MPEG-4 features, such as MPEG quantization or multiple B-frames, aren't compatible with most DivX players.

On a PC, any software program that can decode MPEG-4 ASP encoded video can play XVID files. Some popular examples include VLC, MPlayer, Windows Media Player, BS.Player, and DivX Plus Player.

Elmedia Player is an option for Mac. Although it isn't free to use, it does support lots of other video and audio file formats.

While some media players, like VLC, can decode Xvid without any additional software, some players may require that the Xvid codec be installed to compress and decompress the content properly. Windows Media Player needs it, for example.

You can also play XVID files on an iOS device with the OPlayer app, or on Android with RockPlayer.

How to Convert an XVID File

Several free video converter tools and services can convert XVID encoded files to other formats like MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, DIVX, and OGG.

The video converter function of Office Converter can convert XVID to other video formats, too. This tool functions online, so the file has to be uploaded to the website, converted, and then downloaded again before you can use it, meaning it'll take much longer than using one of the downloadable converters.

Miro Video Converter, iWisoft Free Video ConverterAvidemux, and HandBrake are some other compatible free converters.

Still Can't Open It?

If your file doesn't open with the programs described above, it's possible you're misreading the file extension. Some files might use a very similar suffix at the end of the file name, but it doesn't necessarily indicate format similarities.

For example, the VID and XVD file extensions that look a lot like XVID, are entirely unrelated. The first is a Bethesda video file and the second an Xbox Virtual Disk file that can be used with xvdtool.

XVA is another one that belongs to XenServer Virtual Application files. This format isn't related to XVID even though it shares some of the same file extension letters. You need Citrix's XenServer to use one.

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