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How to Convert a PAR to an AVI

Updated April 17, 2017

PAR (Parchive) is a file extension for an open-source software project that creates parity file formats. These kinds of files use a forward error correction-style system that supports data recovery when information is deleted accidentally or corrupted. AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is a multimedia container file extension and format originally made by Microsoft. AVI files contain both audio and video data in a data container, allowing synchronised audio-video playback.

In order to convert a PAR file to an API, a conversion program must be used. Several of these are available online as free trial downloads.

Download and install Need 4 Video Converter 7.0 (see Resources).

Run the conversion program on the desktop. Select "File," then "Open" from the top menu bar. Choose a PAR video file for conversion. Click "Open."

Select "AVI--Audio Video Interleave" in the "Output file:" field. Click the "Browse" button next to the "Save to:" field. Select a target destination for the converted file. Click "OK."

Enter a file name into the "Save as:" field.

Click the red "Convert" button at the bottom of the main window to begin the conversion process.

Download and install "Any Video Converter Freeware" (see Resources).

Run the conversion program on the desktop. Click the "Add Video" button. Select a PAR video file for conversion. Click "Add."

Select "AVI (*.avi)" from the "Profile:" menu. Click the "Output Folder" button. Select a target destination folder for the converted AVI file. Click "OK."

Click the "Encode" button to begin the conversion process.

Things You'll Need

  • PAR file (*.par)
  • Conversion program
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Dmitriy Richter attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cell biology. His writing specialties include life science, ice hockey, cooking and international cuisine, travel, and modern history. Richter has published several cell biology and life science research articles for Demand Studios.