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Comparsion between AVI and WMV

File Extension AVI WMV
File Type Audio Video Interleave File Windows Media Video File
Description AVI is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in November 1992. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback. Windows Media (WMV) is a file type which can contain video in one of several video compression formats developed by Microsoft.
Developed by Microsoft Microsoft
Pros A key advantage of AVI format is its ability to be played on the majority of computers worldwide. WMV files tend to be quite small considering the amount of video information they preserve.
Cons Its ability to enhance sound is bad; has limited picture resolution; unable to do full screen and full motion video Difficult to play WMV on Apple or Linux players
Help You Choose Since the media stored in an AVI file may be encoded using one of several different media codecs, it is possible your player does not support the codecs used by the AVI file. many Windows based programs use WMV
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