Why Does My Picture Turn Upside Down in Windows Media Player?

by Evan Em

Windows Media Player is a product developed by Microsoft and is included with its Windows operating system. It translates and plays back a wide variety of media files as well as DVDs and CDs.


AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave, which is a standard Windows file format to display audio video files. According to Microsoft, if your video is displaying upside down, it will happen with this type of file format.


Microsoft indicates that this is an encoding issue. Many products can produce AVI files. If the file is encoded incorrectly, then Windows Media Player will read the program in the wrong order, which will result in the image being displayed upside down.


In order to fix this problem, you will need to have access to the original media in order to change the settings, as well as the appropriate encoding software. If you do not have these, per Microsoft's directions, visit a third-party media encoder website and try to export a new AVI file.

About the Author

Evan Em is a freelance copywriter, creative nonfiction author and financial services communications specialist. Writing professionally since 1999, Em has provided print and online copy for Starbucks, Nolan Helmets, CalNational Bank and TCF Bank. He studied English at Columbia College Chicago.

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