How to Convert AVI to MPG With VLC
By Andrew Schrader
VLC, a free source media program from Videolan, is a powerful media player and transcoder (converter). It can convert many formats, including DVDs and online video streams. It can easily convert your AVI videos to a number of MPG file formats: MPEG-1s, MP4s and MPEG TS files (for burning to DVD). Please note that converting to MP4s from AVIs can result in some loss of video quality, due to compression standards.
Launch VLC Media Player and click "File." Select "Open" and find your AVI in the popup window. Open the file in VLC.
Select "Preferences" from the "Settings" menu. Mark the "Advanced Options" box in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
Click "Stream output," "Sout Stream" and select "Transcode." Choose your video's height and width, depending on how large you want the MPG to be. Click "Save."
Select "Open File" from the "File" screen. Press "Browse" and open your input file. Enable the "Stream/Save" box and click "Settings."
Choose your encapsulation method (e.g. MPEG TS, MPEG PS, MPEG 1 or MP4) and enable the "Video Codec" and "Audio Codec" boxes. Click "OK."
Click the "Play" button on VLC's main screen and wait for the conversion to finish.
- Allow several minutes for conversions to complete, depending on the size of your input file.
Andrew Schrader has been a professional writer and filmmaker since 2004. He works as a writer and director, holding a Bachelor of Arts in film and media studies from UC Santa Barbara. Schrader specializes in writing about technology and computer software.