Steps To Repair Corrupt AVI Video Files

Akash Tiwari Akash Tiwari Published On - 29 Aug 2019

The Audio Video Interleave files, commonly abbreviated as .avi files, refer to a video file format widely used to share audio and video data through internet and other popular mediums. This format was introduced by Microsoft. AVI files are used on an extensive scale because of its compression capabilities. It usually takes less compression space as compared to other formats. Moreover, AVI files are supported by multiple OS platforms like Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

Like other video file formats, AVI files are also prone to corruption. They can get corrupt regardless of where they are stored, be it a hard drive, memory card, or USB flash drive. Once an AVI file gets corrupt, it can’t be played using any of the media players.

One of the primary reasons for corruption of an AVI file is the damaged index. Others include bad sectors on hard drives, electromagnetic interference, power failure, etc. Damaged index of an AVI file can be temporarily fixed using the VLC media player. VLC provides an option to repair the damaged index as soon as you launch the affected .avi file. You can also enable the Always Fix option from the preferences setting of the VLC media player to run the automatic repair program whenever you play corrupted files. Moreover, with VLC media player, you can repair corrupt M4V video files and it also allows you to repair corrupt FLV video files.

Steps to Enable Automatic Repair in VLC Media Player:

Step 1: Install VLC Media Player on your system.

Step 2: Click Tools from the Menu bar and Go to Preferences.

Install VLC Media Player

Step 3: Go to the Input/Codecs tab, and in Damaged or incomplete AVI file, select Always fix and then click on the Save button.

Go to the Input/Codecs tab

Now, if you open any damaged or corrupt AVI file through VLC, the application will automatically fix the damaged index and play the file for you.

VLC doesn’t provide a permanent solution for the damaged index; instead, it only fixes the issue while playing the video.

Since VLC is not capable of providing a competent solution to repair damaged AVI files, you can seek some professional tools for video repair.

Kernel Video Repair tool is one of the most prominent tools to repair video files of almost all kinds be it MP4, MOV, MPEG, MJPEG, MTS, M4V, etc. You can repair corrupt videos irrespective of their file size and format. Just download the trial version of the tool and repair damaged videos free. If you like the performance of the tool, you can easily upgrade to the premium version by purchasing it online. Here is how the tool works:

  • Launch the tool and click the ‘+’ sign to navigate to the folder containing the corrupt video file. Select the file and click on the ‘OK’ button.
  • Launch Kernel Video Repair tool

  • Click Repair to repair the selected file.
  • Click on Repair button

  • Within no time, the tool repairs the corrupt video file.
  • Repaired corrupt video file

  • Click Preview to play the repaired video file.
  • Check Preview

  • Now, click Browse to provide a destination to save the repaired video file and then click on the Save button.
  • click Browse to save repaired video file

    The repaired file gets saved at the specified location.


With Kernel Video Repair, you can repair video files regardless of their format, and file size. The tool provides you preview option to play the repaired files before saving them to your local directories. Also, the tool works well with any version of Windows operating system.