Information about the format: AVI

Format AVI
Company Microsoft
Description Audio Video Interleave, known by its acronym AVI, is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in November 1992 as part of its Video for Windows technology. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback.
Benefits By way of the RIFF format, the audio/visual data contained can be encoded or decoded by software called a codec, which is an abbreviation for (en)coder/decoder. Upon creation of the file, the codec translates between raw data and the (compressed) data format used inside the chunk. An AVI file may carry audio/visual data inside the chunks in virtually any compression scheme, including Full Frame (Uncompressed), Intel Real Time (Indeo), Cinepak, Motion JPEG, Editable MPEG, VDOWave, ClearVideo / RealVideo, QPEG, and MPEG-4 Video
Drawbacks AVI does not provide a standardised way to encode aspect ratio information, with the result that players cannot select the right one automatically (though it may be possible to do so manually). There are several competing approaches to including timecode in AVI files, which affects usability of the format in film and television postproduction (although it is widely used). An equivalent of the Broadcast Wave extensions, designed to standardise postproduction metadata for wave audio files, has not emerged. AVI is not intended to contain variable frame rate material. Workarounds for this limitation increase overhead dramatically.

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Video conversion software
Support many audio formats: wav,mp3,wma,ogg,3g2,ac3, aac
Support many video formats:
AVI (DivX, Xvid, MS compatible)
DV (Raw DV for NTSC or PAL)
MPEG (DVD, VCD -> NTSC or PAL or HQ)
Quicktime (MOV, H.264)
MPEG-4 h.264 (mp4)
M4V (iPod)
Flash videos (flv)
3GPP H.263 and H.264
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Change sample rate
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    List of supported codecs and devices

    MS Compatible AVI

    XviD FullScreen

    XviD Widescreen

    XviD Widescreen Anamorphic

    Nokia N810 mplayer 4:3

    Nokia N810 mplayer 16:9

    Nokia N810 mplayer CinemaScope 24:10