How do I Change Order of Languages on an AVI File?

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How do I Change Order of Languages on an AVI File?
Audio tracks in AVI files can be manipulated and moved to your preference. (green audio wave form image by Jesse-lee Lang from

AVI files can have multiple audio tracks on them. This is a great feature, but not all media players support it, and just automatically play the first audio track detected. If this first audio track isn't in your native language, then this can be a problem. While some media players allow you to switch between audio tracks on an AVI, you can also use a program to change the very nature of the AVI file itself, and set what it considers to be the "secondary" audio track to the default one.

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  1. 1

    Download the AVI-Mux GUI zip file (see Resources). Drag the folder out of the zip file.

  2. 2

    Double-click on the folder and then double-click on "AVIMux_GUI.exe" icon. This will launch the program; no installation is needed.

  3. 3

    Drag the AVI file into the top section of the program window then double-click on it to open the video/audio options in the lower section. You will see the video information displayed first, then the audio tracks.

  4. 4

    Drag the second audio track above the first. This will switch the order in which a media player acesses them. Do not put them above the video track, as this needs to be first. You can also delete an audio track completely by unchecking the box next to it.

  5. 5

    Click "Start" and create a title for your new AVI file. Click "Save" and the program will re-encode the AVI with your new audio preferences. The next time you start playback of the file, the correct audio track will play first.

Tips and warnings

  • This does not delete or overwrite the original AVI file. If you aren't going to use it, be sure to delete afterwards.

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