What is an AVE File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert AVE Files

Picture of the AVE file icon used with Avid Media Composer
Avid User File Icon.

A file with the AVE file extension is probably an ArcView Avenue Script file used for adding new functions to Esri's ArcGIS program, but there a couple other formats that your AVE file could be in.

Some AVE files are Avid User files. They store user preferences for various Avid software and are sometimes saved with an AVS (Avid Project Preferences) file.

A different AVE file may be an Avigilon Native Video Export file, which is a format used with some video surveillance hardware.

How To Open an AVE File

AVE files that are ArcView Avenue Script files should be able to open with ArcGIS for Desktop, formerly called ArcView. Since these types of AVE files are just plain text, you can edit them in any text editor, such as the free Notepad++.

Avid User files can be opened using Avid's Media Composer as well as their discontinued Xpress program.

If the AVE file you have is an Avigilon video file, you can open it with the Avigilon Control Center Player. This program can also open Avigilon Backup (AVK) video files.

Tip: Do none of these programs open your AVE file? Read the file extension again and make sure you aren't confusing it with a file that has a similar file extension like an AV or AVI file.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the AVE file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open AVE files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an AVE File

It's unlikely that an ArcView Avenue Script file should exist in any other format, though it is a text-based format so you could technically save it as an HTML or TXT file. However, doing so would render the file useless for what it's intended for in the ArcGIS program.

The same concept applies to Avid User files.

These AVE files are used exclusively in Avid's software, so changing the format to something else would simply make it unusable in Media Composer and Xpress.

Using the Avigilon Control Center Player linked above lets you export an Avigilon Native Video Export file to other formats. If you want to export a screenshot of the video, you can do so in the PNG, JPG, TIFF, and PDF formats. AVE videos can be saved to the common AVI video format. You can also use this application to export just the audio from the AVE file to a WAV file.

If you want the Avigilon file to be in a different format than the ones just mentioned, you can use a free file converter after exporting the file, which will let you keep the file in a much more common format like an MP4 or MP3.

More Help With AVE Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the AVE file and I'll see what I can do to help.