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Comparsion between AVI and DV

File Extension AVI DV
File Type Audio Video Interleave File Digital Video File
Description 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.
Developed by Microsoft N/A
Pros 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.
Cons 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.
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