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How to Play AVI files on iPhone 5?


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Sep 5, 2011
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Have problems when playing AVI video files on iPhone 5? Here you will find the best solution.


The iPhone 5's 4-inch Retina Display with 1136-by-640p resolution is definitely a good choice to watch high definition movies. If you have happen to have some good AVI movies and wanna play them on your iPhone 5 on the move, you need to make sure one thing: your AVI files are compatible with iPhone 5, if not, you need to convert AVI files to iPhone 5 compatible format with a video converting software. So what AVI files are supported by iPhone? You can play these AVI videos on iPhone 5 or other iPhone models:

Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.

Difficult to understand? All in all, iPhone 5 only supports some types of video cameras AVI footage via the camera card reader accessory, while it won't let you play downloaded AVI movies or AVI videos from other sources on iPhone 5. For most AVI video files, you need an app like Pavtube Video Converter or Video Converter Mac to make AVI file compatible with your iPhone 5. It's not a big hassle for converting AVI for iPhone 5. Below is a simple guide for you, showing all the information you needed for getting AVI files and iPhone 5 to play nicely.

Read More: If youre insterested in encoding or re-encoding your own movies (including DVD, Blu-ray and various formats of HD videos) to iPhone 5 for playback, turn to this page How to Encode Movies to Play on iPhone 5 to learn more.


1. AVI videos stored (externally-downloaded or from other source)
2. Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.5 above(including Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Mountain Lion) with 1G Hz or above Intel processor
3. Download and install Pavtube Video Converter for iPhone 5 or its equivalent Mac version.

Overall, the program can be used as an all-in-one video conversion yet ease-to-use app for for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S etc. iPhone models, iPad, iPod Touch 5 and more. Besides AVI, it can also help you convert almost all 1080p/720p HD videos including MKV, VOB, MPG, WMV, MTS etc. for your iPhone 5 and other iOS devices with fast encoding speed and high quality. It can also be used a free iPhone Ringtone Maker which helps you creat M4R Ringtone from your MP3/WMA/MIDI etc. audios, if you're insterested in this yourselft, refer to guide here.

How to Convert AVI video to iPhone 5

Step 1: Load AVI video to the iPhone Video Converter

Click "Add Video" or "Add Folder" button to load AVI files from hard drive, or you can simply drag and drop the files to this program directly. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files.


Step 2: Select an output format for iPhone 5

Select iPhone 5 video format from the drop-down profile list of "Format" bar. Here you're recommended to choose "iPhone 5 H.264 HD 720P(*.mp4)" from "iPhone" category. The output videos could fit on the new iPhone 5 perfectly. If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Keep in mind that bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.


Step 3: Convert AVI video to iPhone

Click "Convert" button to start converting AVI videos to iPhone 5. When the conversion finishes, click "Open" to get the result mp4 videos, add them to iTunes and then sync them to your iPhone 5. Just enjoy the movies!

Editor's Note: If you have any problems when enjoying videos/movies on iPhone 5, you can refer to Pavtube Facebook - iPhone Tips to get solutions or contact with support@pavtube.com / macsupport@pavtube.com to get more information. Of course, you also can leave a message on Pavtube Community.

More About AVI Format

AVI is the audio-video interleave is a container introduced by Microsoft. Motion JPEG is a type of AVI compression, used mostly by digital cameras. While most downloaded AVI, which is ubiquitous for standard definition video content on the Internet, are encoded with XviD/DivX codec and there's no indication Apple is supporting such AVI. So you need to convert AVI to iPhone 5 compatible formats like these:

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

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