VirtualDub - Unable to open Avi/Xvid file

December 2016


Upon opening a movie with VirtualDub, the following error message is displayed:
"VirtualDub requires a video for windows(VFW) compatible codec to decompress video. DirectShow codec, such as those used by Windows Media Player, are not suitable." .
What can be done to solve this issue?


You need to install ffdshow:
  • Close VirtualDub.
  • Go to
  • Download the latest stable version available.
  • You will be prompted for intergration with VirtualDub. Check the appropriate box and proceed!
  • Reopen VirtualDub and open the Xvid video.

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