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Comparsion between AVI and ASF

File Extension AVI ASF
File Type Audio Video Interleave File Advanced Systems Format File
Description AVI, a short for Audio Video Interleave, is a file format designed to store both audio and video data in a standard package to allow its simultaneous playback. It is one of the most commonly used video formats. ASF is Microsoft's proprietary digital audio/digital video container format, especially meant for streaming media. ASF is part of the Windows Media framework. just specifies the structure of the video/audio stream.
Developed by Microsoft Microsoft
Pros 1) Choice of codecs means you can achieve a high rate compression;
2) AVI can play in mainstream media players such as Windows Media Player;
3) AVI Can be used as a starting point to create playable DVDs
1) Enables content to be delivered to you as a continuous flow of data with little wait time before playback;
2) Specially designed to run over networks like the Internet.
Cons 1) Cannot contain some specific types of VBR data (such as MP3 audio at sample rates below 32KHz) reliably;
2) Was not intended to contain video using any compression technique;
1) Highly compressed (quality loss);
2) Not as widely-used as AVI;
Help You Choose For video playback on various players and devices with good video quality, AVI should be choose. For streaming videos online with smaller file size, consider using ASF.
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