How do I fix the index of an avi (divx) file?


well this problem seems to be pretty common, especially with downloaded files from the internet, so here is how you can fix it:

  • browse to ( download mplayer + mencoder for your OS, its available for Windows too )
    (there is no installer, you just need to extract the files from the archive to c:/program files/mplayer or similar)
  • put the broken movie into the same directory ( makes things easier for you )
  • now open a command shell ( for our Windows Users: Start -> run -> cmd )
  • change into the directory where you put mplayer and the movie
  • now run one of the following commands (replace the file names accordingly)

    mencoder file.avi -forceidx -oac copy -ovc copy -o fixedfile.avi

    mencoder file.avi -noidx -oac copy -ovc copy -o fixedfile.avi
    ( in some cases the upper one works best, in some the lower one, try both before you give up! )
  • mencoder will now work for a while, after its done the movie should be properly working

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