How to choose an AVI converter?

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and launch Movavi Video Converter

  2. Import your AVI files

  3. Define the output format

  4. Run the conversion

How to convert AVI files

Edited by Ben Jacklin
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Got lots of AVI videos you'd like to watch on your mobile device? With the right software, you'll be able to do it very quickly and easily.

However, you may encounter certain problems.

Jerky footage in the videos?

The sound of the files is too low?

Your TV doesn’t show subtitles?

The video converter by Movavi can help you solve all these problems. Try it to convert your AVI files to the MP4 format as well as to MOV, FLV, MKV, 3GP, AVCHD, DVD-compatible video, or to any other media format. The app can also help you convert your AVI to WAV, FLAC, MP3, and other popular audio formats.

How to convert AVI to different formats using the Movavi converter

In this tutorial, we'll show you in detail how to use our fast and simple AVI сonverter. You don't need to be familiar with AVI software, video formats, or settings – just run the converter, choose your video, select a ready-made preset, and convert your AVI files.

Download the suitable version of the program and go through the easy steps below.

Step 1. Install Movavi Video Converter

Download the video converter and run the setup file to install the software.

Step 2. Open the AVI videos you wish to convert

Launch Movavi Video Converter. Click the Add Media button and then Add Video to add AVI files to the program.

Step 3. Choose a preset

At the bottom of the converter window, select the preferred output video format.

Step 4. Start conversion

Click Save to to specify where your converted files should be saved. Finally, click Convert.

Step 5. Transfer the newly created video to your mobile device

After having used the program, you might want to minimize or close it. It's time to turn on your mobile device and connect it to the computer. Start the uploader on your device and follow the instructions or, depending on the device, open the target folder and save converted files there. Please note that uploading may take some time depending on the size of the converted files.

Now you know how to convert to AVI or from AVI. As you can see, you won’t need a Ph.D. in video technology to perform the conversion. With Movavi Video Converter, you can also edit your videos if you need to - cut out unwanted parts, add effects, and more. If you like to watch videos with subtitles, you can search for them online from within the program.

How to convert AVI files for free

Free programs may be just fine for infrequent conversions, when you are not sure that a purchase is worth it. That said, it can be difficult to find a free app with the functionality needed and that does not pose a security risk. Below, you’ll find a list of programs that can convert an AVI video for free without risking your data security.

Free Video Converter

Try this app if you’re looking for a fast and easy-to-use tool to convert anything: from short clips to entire movies. It supports converting multiple files, can rip DVDs, and has no restrictions regarding file size. On the other hand, this free AVI video converter has no editing functionality and it adds a watermark to your videos.

How to convert an AVI file with Free Video Converter

  1. Download the program from the page linked below:

    Get Free Video Converter from Movavi

  2. Install and open the program. Add your files: click Add Media and then Add Video.

  3. Define the output format: on the Video tab, find the name of the format you need, open the appropriate group of presets, and choose the one that suits you best, e.g., MP4 - Original Size.

  4. Click Convert and wait for a while. After the conversion is finished, the folder with the transformed file (or files) will open. Please note: you can convert a video to AVI using the same process.

VLC Media Player

Another option to convert video to AVI or vice versa for free is to use the VLC Media Player. Although its main purpose is to play video clips, this app can also serve as a file converter. The software won’t ask you to pay anything and doesn’t bombard you with ads. However, the conversion process has many nuances and is a little slow.

How to convert an AVI file with VLC Media Player

The following guide is written for Windows users: if you have Linux or macOS, the process will differ.

  1. Get the program for your OS using the link below:

    Download VLC Media Player

  2. Install and run the app. Hit Convert / Save in the Media menu, then the Add button to upload your AVI video, and finally Convert / Save.

  3. In the Profile drop-down menu, choose the format you need. Click Browse to define the output folder and new file name; delete the original file extension (otherwise the format won’t change). Hit Start to set the AVI video converter in motion.


HandBrake won’t convert to AVI, but you can rip or convert any AVI file to MP4, MKV, or WebM with this handy, free software. It has a simple – though a little outdated – interface packed with features anyone can master.

More experienced users can use the software to its full capacity with all the bells and whistles, but don’t worry about those if you just need to convert. Just pick the file, and with a couple of clicks, the conversion process will begin. Big files take time with this program, so have patience.

How to convert an AVI file with HandBrake

  1. Download and install HandBrake using the link below.

    Download HandBrake

  2. Open HandBrake and select the File on the left side of the screen and find it in the browser. Or, drop and drag your AVI file directly into the box on the screen.

  3. To the right of the text that reads Format, there’s a dropdown menu and MP4 should be the default option. From there you can also choose to convert to MKV or WebM format.

  4. Select a destination folder and file name at the bottom of the window.

  5. Click Start Encode at the top of the screen to begin the conversion process.


This app can also quickly and easily convert your files, and it doesn’t have any video file size or length restrictions. This means you can convert movies or even process all your family archives by joining them into a single video. But the trial version has its limitations: it adds a Freemake intro and watermark to your video, and this AVI converter is available for Windows only.

How to convert an AVI file with Freemake

  1. Download the app via the link below. Install and run Freemake.

    Get Freemake

  2. Click the Video button in the upper-left corner. Locate your AVI files and hit Open.

  3. At the bottom of the program window, choose your output format. Click Convert and then hit Convert with logo.

Please note:

Freeware works well when you don’t need to change the formats of your files frequently. In this case, the limitations these programs usually have won’t be a problem for you. These apps do convert videos to AVI for free (and convert AVIs to other formats as well), but don’t expect too much from them. The fact that they are free of charge is often balanced with watermarks, slow conversion speed, file size and/or length restrictions, etc. Also, if you have a problem with software you’ve paid for, you can call the support center; free programs usually lack user support.

So, if you need to convert videos, audios, or images often, consider getting a shareware app like Movavi Video Converter. This handy app will pay for itself pretty quickly.

How to convert an AVI video online

You can also convert a video to AVI and back online. An online video converter may be a good choice if you don’t want to install any additional software on your computer or if you’re trying to convert files using a smartphone or tablet. Of course, these apps may have some limitations. But when you lack space on your device or just need to perform a single conversion, it is worth giving an online AVI converter a try. Here are some examples of such apps: the links below will help you to find them.

Online Video Converter

This service provides fast conversion from AVI to the most popular formats. Of course, the app can act as an online video-to-AVI converter, too. It is a handy tool: it works relatively quickly, and you don’t need to be a conversion master to use the app. Also, you can use this service to extract audio from video or to compress a media file. Online Video Converter has a couple of limitations, though: only one video at a time can be converted, and the file size it can handle is limited.

How to convert an AVI file with Online Video Converter

  1. Visit the Online Video Converter website:

    Go to the Online Video Converter website

  2. Click Add Your Media in the upper-right corner of the screen, choose the file you want to convert, and hit Open.

  3. Choose the new format from the menu next to your file name. Hit the Convert button. After the conversion is complete, click the Download button to save the file on your computer or wait for the download to start automatically.

This website can help you to convert various files, not only videos. It even can help you with hash encryption. As for the AVI video conversion, works fast and allows you to apply some additional options: like change codecs or set file size. The latter one is limited, though, if you don’t have a subscription. Also, without this subscription, you will see ads.

How to convert an AVI file with

  1. Go to the website:

    Proceed to the website

  2. On the left, you will see a Video converter menu opened. Choose the target format from the list.

  3. Click the Choose Files button. After the files are uploaded, adjust the conversion parameters if needed and click Start conversion.

  4. Hit Download if this process hasn’t started by itself.


This is another online AVI video converter that is easy to master. There are instructions at every step, so there’s little chance of making a mistake. There is no charge to use the app. The file size limit is quite high at 250 MB. If you choose this website, please note that it doesn’t support some formats, like WebM, and you’ll see some ads before and during the conversion process.

How to convert an AVI file with ConvertFiles

  1. Follow the link below to get to the website:

    Go to the ConvertFiles website

  2. Click Browse to locate the file you want to convert. ConvertFiles can only process one file at a time.

  3. Hit Convert and wait. You’ll see a progress bar. After it’s all done, follow the Click here to go to the download page link. On the download page, you’ll see a link to your converted file.


With Zamzar, you can convert up to 25 files at a time (with the free version). It works quickly and has a pretty wide range of supported formats. The file size limit is 150 MB, which is also good. The downside is that Zamzar has no editing options; it’s just a converter, nothing more.

How to convert an AVI file with Zamzar

  1. Go to the Zamzar website via this link:

    Proceed to the Zamzar website

  2. Drag the video files into your browser window in which the Zamzar website is open. You can also use the Add Files button.

  3. From the Convert To menu, select the target output video file format. Click Convert Now. After it’s all done, the website will redirect you to a new page where you’ll be able to access the converted files using the Download button.

Please note:

The main downside of all the online converters is that they require a stable internet connection. Otherwise, you can get errors during the conversion process or your output files may get corrupted. Online apps also usually have some restrictions on file size, conversion speed, or the number of files you convert at one time or per day. Desktop shareware programs don’t have these disadvantages, so if you change the format of your videos more frequently, a desktop app like Movavi Video Converter is worth a try.

What is the AVI format?

File extension



Video format


AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is one of the most popular and well-known formats for encoding movies, TV shows, home videos, music videos, and tutorials. The AVI format uses less compression to store files, which is why AVI videos may take up more storage space than videos in other formats.

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