How Do You Play AVI Movies on a DVD Player?

Audio Video Interleave files, known widely as AVIs, are standard video files that can be used in many video-editing programs and media players, and are even compatible with some MP3 players. Although AVI may be a digital format normally associated with computers, you can play AVI movies on your DVD player by burning them to DVDs. You can actually burn AVIs directly to a standard DVD-R, which can be played on any standard DVD player.

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Use AVI on any DVD player.

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Download and install a DVD-burning application that has the capability to write AVI files to disc. The CNET software site offers applications that can burn AVI to DVD and are either free or have free trials, including BurnAware, Solid AVI DivX to DVD Burner and Super DVD Creator (see Resources.) Once downloaded, go to the “Downloads” folder and double-click the program icon to install the program on your computer.

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Insert a blank DVD-R into the DVD drive of your computer and open the DVD-writing program by going to the “Start” menu, selecting “All Programs” and clicking on the program name.

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Select the “DVD” option on the first page of the DVD-writing program if you are given an option between DVD and VCD. The DVD-writing wizard opens.

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Press the “Add Media” or “Import Video” in the program. When the “Import Video” window opens, browse to the AVI movie you want to add to the DVD on your computer’s hard drive and double-click the AVI file to pull it into the wizard.

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Click “Next” or the arrow button at the bottom of each screen of the wizard to get to the last screen, which contains a “Write” or “Burn” button. Click the button to begin burning the AVI movie to DVD.

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Wait for the DVD to completely finish writing. Progress is monitored in the program window and the disc ejects when the writing process is finished.

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Remove the disc from the DVD drive of your computer and place it in the drive of your DVD player. The AVI movie DVD disc should play like any standard DVD.