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Movie RAR Files

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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about movie RAR files:

  1. What is a movie RAR file?
  2. What is the difference between movie RAR files, video RAR archives and media RAR volumes?
  3. How can I play movie RAR files for free?
  4. Do I need a special codec to play movie RAR files?
  5. How can I play RAR files on Windows Media Player?
  6. How can I convert .RAR files to .AVI files?
  7. What media player works for RAR files?
  8. How can I play a ".part4.rar" RAR file?
  9. Can you add movie "joining" instructions?
  10. How can I join movie parts to form one whole .avi file?
  11. From whence does one get the movie password?
  12. Is there a way to fix a movie RAR file?
Hi! I am a complete newbie to movie RAR files and I want to learn how I could play them. I was just wondering: What is a movie RAR file?
  1. A movie RAR file isn't a special movie format or codec. But this is such a common misconception that this set of answers was created to address related questions.
  2. A "movie RAR file" in a sense is a RAR file containing one or more movie files in compressed state.
  3. For many reasons, a RAR file can be split into lots of parts. Learn more in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
  4. A RAR file can additionally be encrypted and protected by a password. Read more on password protection in the protected RAR files section of this FAQ.
  5. BE CAREFUL: Sometimes RAR files are used for phishing. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
  6. Sometimes a RAR file can be damaged and corrupted. Please take a look at the corrupted RAR files section of this FAQ to learn more.
  7. Note: Do not download illegally available movies or other content. The instructions in this FAQ are meant to be used only to learn how to extract legal content that is available in compressed state as RAR file(s).
Hi! I am an absolute beginner and I have a question: There are movie RAR files, video RAR archives, media RAR volumes etc. etc. What is the difference between movie RAR files, video RAR archives and media RAR volumes?
  1. This is easy: There is no difference. It's all the same.
  2. RAR files are also sometimes called RAR archives, RAR documents, RAR packages or just RARs. But still: It's all the same: A file that contains one or more movie/video/media files in compressed state.
Hi! I would like to uncompress some files that were compressed using the RAR algorithm. I noticed that Windows does not support RAR extraction. How can I play movie RAR files for free?
  1. Before you can play the movie, you must extract it from the RAR file. There are lots of free programs that can extract RAR files, e.g. RarZilla or Free RAR Extract Frog.
  2. Simply install one of the above freeware programs and double-click the RAR files to extract what is in it.
  3. Congratulations. That's it. Now you can play the movie file with the media player of your choice, e.g. VLC Media Player... :-)
Hi! Today, I wanted to play a .rar movie that I have downloaded recently, but Windows Media Player won't play it. I also tried iTunes and my DivX-Player, but they just don't play it. Do I need a special codec to play movie RAR files?
  1. No, you probably don't need a special codec.
  2. BUT: The movie can't be played yet, because RAR is not a movie codec. It is a compression format. Your movie is compressed and waiting for you inside the RAR file, which acts as a container.
  3. How to get the movie out? If your movie is stored in only one .rar file, see answer above to learn how to open it for free. If your movie .rar package consists of more than one part, learn how to extract them in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
  4. If the movie still won't play after you have extracted it from the RAR archive, you might need a special codec. You might want to try the K-Lite Codec Pack, which contains probably everything you need...
Hi! I can't play videos that are in RAR format with Windows Media Player. How do I fix this? How can I play RAR files on Windows Media Player?
  1. Windows Media Player won't play your movie, because the RAR file is not the actual movie file. RAR is a compression format. Your movie is compressed and waiting for you inside the RAR file (which sort of works like a box).
  2. How to get the movie out? You must extract it from the RAR file. There are lots of free apps that can extract RAR files, e.g. Free RAR Extract Frog.
  3. Simply install an extractor, then double-click the RAR file to extract the movie file.
  4. Congratulations. That's it. Now you can play the movie file with Windows Media Player. :-)
  5. Note: If the movie still won't play, you actually might need an additional video codec. You might want to try the K-Lite Codec Pack, which contains probably every codec you need...
Hi! I downloaded a movie the other day, but it was a RAR file. I am not a computer expert, so I don't know how to convert .RAR files into watchable video files like .AVI or others. How can I convert .RAR files to .AVI files?
  1. You don't need to convert .RAR files - just extract them! ;-)
  2. A .RAR file is a compressed file like a .ZIP file. Your movie file is inside the .RAR file.
  3. How to get to the movie file? Easy: You have to extract it from the RAR file using an extraction tool, e.g. Free RAR Extract Frog.
  4. After installing an extraction tool, double-click the RAR file to extract the movie file.
  5. Now you can play your movie file (which even might be a .AVI)... :-)
Hi! I want to watch a movie, but it is in RAR video format. Windows Media Player won't play it. Apple Quicktime Player won't play it. Real Player and all my other Players also can't open it. What media player works for RAR files?
  1. RAR files are compressed archives like ZIP files. The movie is inside the RAR file.
  2. Extract it and you can then play it with your favourite media player.
  3. If you don't have a RAR extraction tool, like e.g. Free RAR Extract Frog, you have to install one first.
  4. Then double-click the RAR file to extract the movie file.
  5. Okay! Now you are ready to play the movie... :-)
Hi! I tried to play a movie RAR file, but it was not played. The file extension was somewhat different than that of other files. This ended in ".part4.rar". How can I play a ".part4.rar" movie RAR file?
  1. A ".part4.rar" movie RAR file cannot be played directly. It is a part of a split RAR file, that you must unpack before you can play it. In order to do that, you need all parts.
  2. Learn more in the multipart RAR files section of this FAQ.
Hi! I dragged the first folder (01.rar) into the box and the "Frog" extracted all the .avi files. But when I dragged the next folder into the box, nothing happened. Naturally, this caused me grief . . . until I discovered that not only did the first .rar folder have its contents extracted, but all the other folders had had their .avi files extracted as well. Not only that, but the "Frog" program had "joined" all .avi files together . . . without even being asked to do so. So, at the end of it all, the program had extracted all .avi files just by simply dragging the first .rar folder into the box and, and the same time, had joined all .avi files into one file. As such, the program is so much better than I had expected it to be. Kudos for that. However, you might want to note on your blog that the above happens so that, should there be any out there - and there must be some, all first-time users will know what to expect. Can you add "joining" instructions?
  1. Done! See next answer... :-)
Hi! I am a computer novice and I have been having trouble extracting .avi files from .rar folders. I know that there are many extraction programs that can be used but I am not confident enough to use them. When looking at various blogs concerning the subject, I find that most users are speaking a language I do not understand. I am particularly interested in the extraction of individual .avi files from the .rar folders, and then the joining of these files to form one whole .avi file. My main concern is the downloading of these programs as I would not want their presence on my computer to cause problems (as quite a few do.) I would prefer a program which is independent of anything on my computer and will not interfere or interact with any other program (unless it is meant to do so.) If necessary I will send more information about my computer should you need it. I suppose that, for many people of my age and experience, the more you use something, the more you become used to it. Yet, never having extracted .avi files before I am nervous about doing so. I can well imagine that in six months to a year's time I will become extremely adept at using these types of programs. But for the moment, I naturally hesitate. So, I would value your opinion, but please bear in mind that my knowledge is extremely limited and, as such, 'childish' terminology must be used; otherwise I will not understand a word you are saying. How can I join movie parts to form one whole .avi file?
  1. First important thing: In order to do that, you need all parts. Please make sure, that you have all parts. Put them all in the same folder.
  2. Second important thing that hopefully puts your mind at ease: All the "joining" of the .avi, that seems extremely complicated to you, is done automatically by the extraction program, once you open the first part (first part only!).
  3. There are lots of free programs out there that can do that for you, e.g. RarZilla or Free RAR Extract Frog.
  4. Simply install one of the above freeware programs and double-click the part to extract and join what is in it.
  5. Congratulations. That's it. Easy! ;-) Now you are ready to play the .avi movie file using your Media Player...
Hi! I tried to play a movie RAR files, but it says, that it is protected by a password. From whence does one get the movie password?
  1. Only the person who created that RAR file can help you there.
  2. Read more on password protection in the protected RAR files section of this FAQ.
  3. BE CAREFUL: Sometimes movie RAR files are used for phishing. Learn more in the phishing RAR files section of this FAQ.
Hi! I downloaded a RAR file, but the extractor doesn't extract. It seems like it is corrupted. Is there a way to fix a movie RAR file?
  1. There are lots of programs out there that promise to do so.
  2. BUT: There really is no program that can fix CORRUPTED movie rar files. Please take a look at the corrupted RAR files section of this FAQ to learn more.

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