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Comparsion between AVI and SWF

File Extension AVI SWF
File Type Audio Video Interleave File Shockwave Flash Movie
Description AVI is a popular container file format used for watching standard definition video on PC and mobile devices. AVI files can hold different types of video and audio streams inside. DivX-AVI can display incredible video quality while maintaining a small file size. Animation created with Adobe Flash; may contain text as well as both vector and raster graphics; also may include interactive actions written in ActionScript; plays in Web browsers that have the Flash plug-in installed.
Developed by Microsoft Adobe Systems
Pros A wide range of supported devices and media players; good video quality Standard means of publishing compressed Flash content on the Web.
Cons 1) Does not provide a standardized way to encode aspect ratio information;
2) Was not intended to contain video using any compression technique;
Since Apple and Android stop supporting SWF, you cannot play SWF movie on most mobile device now.
Help You Choose For playing videos on PC and mobile device, you should choose AVI format; To stream videos online, SWF format is what you need to use.
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