AMV File Extension

Have a problem opening a .AMV file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what AMV files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .AMV file type?

The .amv filename extension represents the AMV Video (.amv, .mtv) file type, with reference to a non-standard, proprietary format designed by the Chinese manufacturers of Portable Multimedia Player (PMP) devices, commonly referred to as MP3 or MP4 players. With its low compression, low frame rate (12-16 fps), low resolution (up to 208×176), and poor video quality, the AMV format specifically targets low-end devices whose CPU power is insufficient for processing more computationally-intensive formats.

The .amv file is a video file saved in the AMV format. Denoted also with the .mtv extension, such files use a modified AVI container and the Motion JPEG (MJPEG) video codec in combination with a version of the IMA ADPCM audio codec. AMV videos can be directly played on most portable MP3/MP4 player devices of the Chinese origin, some of which come with AMV encoders/converters.

The AMV format has been reverse-engineered and its support added to ffmpeg, so all ffmpeg-based media players are capable of opening .amv files for playback. Besides, quite a few converters allow to convert standard multimedia files into the AMV format.

Software to open or convert AMV files

You can open AMV files with the following programs: 

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