What Is an XVID File?

How to Play, Edit, and Convert XVID Files

XVID Files
XVID Files.

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

Due to the compression supported in Xvid content, a full-length movie can usually be compressed enough to retain DVD quality but still be able to fit on a regular CD.

Although you may, in fact, be using a file that has the .XVID file extension, many different file containers will store Xvid video content. This means, depending on who made it, the file might be named something like video.xvid.avi for an AVI file.

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

How to Play XVID Files

Many modern DVD and Blu-ray players can play XVID files. Although the DivX codec is different than Xvid, players that have the DivX logo usually support it.

Sometimes, that logo is on the device's manufacturer's website instead, so be sure to check there if you're not sure if your player supports this format. However, please know that XVID videos that have been encoded with advanced MPEG-4 features, like 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 will play XVID files. Some popular programs that will play XVID files include VLC media player, MPlayer, Windows Media Player, BS.Player, DivX Plus Player, Elmedia Player, and MPC-HC.

Note: While some media players, like VLC, can decode Xvid without any additional software, some of them may require that the Xvid codec is installed in order to properly compress and decompress the XVID content.

Windows Media Player, for example, needs it to be installed. The Xvid codec software is supported on both Windows and Linux operating systems.

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

Note: If your file isn't opening with the programs described above, it's possible you're misreading the file extension. For example, the XVD file extension looks an awful lot like XVID but is entirely unrelated, and is instead an Xbox Virtual Disk file that can be used with xvdtool.

How to Convert an XVID File

A number of free video converter tools and services will convert XVID encoded files to other formats, like MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, DIVX, OGG, etc.

The video converter function of Office Converter can convert XVID files to other video formats too. Keep in mind, however, that this is an online converter, so the XVID 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 I linked to in the previous paragraph.

For a faster conversion, install the EncodeHD program. This program is especially useful because it lets you choose which device you want the converted file to be compatible with.

This means that you don't have to know what format you want the XVID file to be in so long as you have a target device in mind (like an Xbox, iPhone, or even a YouTube video).

iWisoft Free Video Converter, Miro Video Converter, Avidemux, and HandBrake are some other free XVID converters.

More Help With the XVID Format

See my Get More Help page for information about contacting me, posting on tech support forums, and other ways to get help.

Please let me know what sorts of issues you're having with your XVID file, what programs you've tried to open or convert it with if you've installed a supporting codec pack or anything else that might be helpful for me to understand what's going on.