||Audio Video Interleave File
||Digital Video File
||AVI is a container format that may be composed of different codecs including DV. A basic AVI file (or Windows AVI) usually consists of one video stream and one audio stream.
||DV is a codec (compression method) used by a digital video DV camera. The ".dv" extension is also sometimes used for other video formats such as QuickTime-DV or DV-AVI.
||Can contain various video/audio codecs, making it one of the most popular video formats.
||Every frame is a keyframe, making frame accurate editing easy.
||AVI, AVI-XviD for example, often has a keyframe every 300 frames, making it not accurate for frame editing.
||DV codec is only accepted by a limited number of editors and players. Not good compatibility.
|Help You Choose
||For video playback, AVI(DivX, XviD) is much better than DV in format compatibility; for video editing, AVI-DV apparently has the best flexibility and quality.
||If you want to enjoy the advantages of DV, you can encode AVI with DV, and for Mac users, encode QuickTime with DV.
|Programs that open AVI/DV files