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AVI is one of Microsoft’s earliest video formats dating back to 1992, when it was the earliest time of CDs and DVDs in the market. Microsoft had designed it for playing video and audio files on DVD players. Since then, it has been used as a dependable container for streaming audio and video data. Even US Government has chosen AVI as the official wrapper for preserving digital video.
AVI format divides the video file data into several blocks or chunks. Each chunk has a FourCC tag for easy identification. AVI file separates each chunk into multiple sub-chunks. The first sub-chunk is the header of that limited part that saves the metadata of the video.
The metadata will be about the video, its width, its height, and frame rate. The second chunk will save the actual video and audio parts.
The third sub-chunk is the optional one with the ‘idx1’ tag that indexes the offsets of file data.
All these sub-chunks work collectively and run the AVI file.
Sometimes, the VLC Media player shows the error that the idx1 index is not present in the sub-chunk. It is required to move between the timestamp of videos properly.
VLC Player has the inbuilt facility to fix the minor problems in the AVI file. If it is showing some errors like the following one, then you should use the manual fix.
Save the changes and restart the application. Then play the AVI video again.
Whenever you play the AVI file, then VLC Player will start to fix the video and take time to play it smoothly. So, you will have to wait each time you play the video.
It would help if you used professional software to repair the video.
Kernel Video Repair software can help you in fixing the problems related to improper indexing between the sub-chunks. It will scan the file and remove all of the issues.
The manual method to fix the indexing problem of AVI files in the VLC player will take time as it will try to check the AVI file each time. So, it would help if you used professional software like Kernel Video Repair to scan the AVI file and repair it. It can scan multiple video files simultaneously, and it will save the video at the specified location.