AVI Video Format

What is AVI Video Format?

What is AVI video format? AVI video format stands for Audio Video Interleave and files of AVI video format have .avi extension. It is a special case of the RIFF (Resource Interchange File Format). AVI video file formats combine audio and video into a single file in a standard container to allow simultaneous playback. AVI video format, unlike MP3 or JPEG, i s a container format, which means it can contain video and audio compressed with many different combinations of codec's. So while other formats can only contain a certain kind of compression, AVI video file formats can carry video and audio data in almost any compression scheme, including Full Frames (Uncompressed), Intel Real Time Video, Indeo, Cinepak, Motion JPEG, Editable MPEG, VDOWave, ClearVideo / RealVideo, QPEG, MPEG-4, and others. AVI all look the same on the outside, but they may be completely different inside the format.

Development of AVI Video Format

AVI video format is a container format created by Microsoft's Video for Windows multimedia framework in November 1992. Since it was introduced, AVI video format has become the de facto standard for audio and video formats for almost a decade. Most websites that offer video downloads have them in the AVI video format. AVI video format contains both audio and video streaming data allowing for synchronous playback of audio and video data and has become one of the first in the PC industry which has gained near universal acceptance. AVI video file formats support multiple data streaming of audio and video - a feature seldom used . Most AVI files also use the file format extensions developed by the Matrox OpenDML group in 1996. These files called AVI 2.0 are supported by Microsoft.

AVI Video Format Features

AVI video format can support multiple data streaming of audio and video like DVD's VOB container file formats. AVI video format is considered obsolete. AVI video file formats has significant overhead data which makes its file size unnecessarily large and it also does not support the B-Frames feature of the modern MPEG4 though hacks abound to overcome this. AVI container file can also house the highly efficient H.264 codec, which is considered unsuitable due to compression hacks that need to be implemented. Despite these limitations, AVI video format remains popular for file-sharing due to its portability among video editing software. Installing the ffdshow filters in DirectShow and Windows Media players often overcome incompatibility problems. AVI video files format lack some features found in newer containers like MPEG or MP4, but is still widely used by consumers and supported by some standalone DVD players. Although still supported in Windows, and suitable for certain formats like DV, it's not a good general purpose container. Due to the advantage of its simple architecture, AVI video format runs on various systems like Windows, Mac's, Linux, Unix and is supported by most popular web-browsers.

AVI Video Format playback

Generally speaking, to play an AVI video format requires two things: a video player software and a codec. Each version of Windows ships with a video player software (called Windows Media Player), which is not a problem. When you've got an AVI file which you cannot play it, it may be because you do not have the right codecs installed on your computer. You have to know how the video was coded, which indicates what codec you need to use to play the AVI and install the right codec for playback. Although most AVI video file formats are compressed with a video codec, AVI files can be left uncompressed. In that case it requires no codecs for playback. The other way is to convert AVI video format to other formats. But since there are large number of AVI codec's, it may cause trouble when converting AVI video file formats to other formats. In the case, OJOsoft Total Video Converter will solve all the problems. Learn to convert video to AVI format and convert AVI video format.

More about AVI Video Format

AVI video fileformats can be created with no compression, resulting in large file size, but with no loss of quality, which requires no codec's to be installed, either for saving or playback. This way is generally not recommended and it is better to use a lossless compression format like Huffvuv. If you'd like to create a smaller AVI than you can get with no compression with highest quality possible, you can also use a lossless codec like HuffYUV or Lagaraith. The files will still be larger than standard compressed files, but good for use as intermediary files for editing and then compressing later. AVI video format is one of the most commonly used video formats. DivX codec has become one of the most popular codecs (along with XVid) used for compressing AVI videos due to the relatively small file size and low quality loss after decoding. There is a variation of AVI video format called DV AVI, which is used to create Digital Video that can be transferred lossless between computers and camcorders.

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