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Comparsion between AVI and FLV

File Extension AVI FLV
File Type Audio Video Interleave File Flash Video File
Description AVI stands for Audio Video Interleaved and developed by Microsoft. It uses different codecs and formats. Most commonly used video codecs that use AVI structure are M-JPEG and DivX. FLV is a container file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player. FLV files are a popular online video format that is used by almost all video sharing websites.
Developed by Microsoft Adobe Systems
Pros AVI Can be used as a starting point to create playable DVDs Very popular in the internet, thousands of websites use FLV format; offers a lot more features than other ifle extensions; produces much smaller files than most other video formats; FLV are good for decent quality and they load quickly
Cons AVI does not provide a standardized way to encode aspect ratio information, with the result that players cannot select the right one automatically requires flash plug-ins to play flash file files online
Help You Choose AVI files can only be played back if the correct codecs are installed. Therefore, you may need to install additional codecs or codec packs to play certain AVI files. FLV is more popular in video streaming like YouTube, Hulu, Metacafe, etc
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