Hi, I'm attempting to convert divx files to avi to burn on a standard (picky) DVD player but none of my conversion software recognizes the divx files. I tried using VirtualDub but received this error message "VirtualDub requires a video for Windows (VFW) compatible codec to decompress video. DirectShow Codecs, such as those used by Windows Media Player are not suitable" The file I'm trying to convert actually doesn't have an extension; it's just called EFC2001 and when I click on properties, the type reads "VLC media file (.divx) (.divx)" I can play it using VLC but want to burn it to a DVD player which will play AVI's so I was hoping to convert to AVI.
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Thread: How do I convert divx to avi
First, turn off Windows Explorer's "Hide extensions for known file types" option. Then you'll be able to see all filename extensions. If you have a file that's missing the extension you can just add it with a Rename.
.DIVX is the same container as .AVI. It just has some extensions defined by Divx Corp. Most programs and player can just skip over those extensions. Just renaming the file to .AVI usually works.
VirtualDub requires VFW decoders. If your file is really Divx encoded you need a VFW Divx decoder. Even without a decoder you can use VirtualDub to remux just the audio and video streams into a new AVI file. Just set Video -> Direct Stream Copy, then Save as AVI.
I agree. Use Windows Explorer's Tools/Folder Options menu to turn of the hiding of file extensions. For XP at least.... I don't know how you get to it with Win7/8. While you're there, you might consider telling it not to hide system folders and hidden files too. Just another example of Microsoft assuming Windows users are idiots. AutoPlay.... don't get me started on that one.....
Installing the Xvid encoder should allow VirtualDub to decoder the video, although as jagabo said you can just ignore the error if you're only remuxing. Or install ffdshow. It has a bunch of vfw decoders.
Thank you all so much and sorry about the cross posting - I thought I had my post in the wrong spot. Once I disabled the "hide known file extensions" I was able to change it to .avi and it worked perfectly.