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AVI vs. MKV, Which Is Better?

May 24th, 2011 by DVDFab_Malcolm 184,898 views

AVI and MKV are two popular video formats that are commonly applied in videos. Most people have portable media players such as MP4 player, PSP, MP5, NDS, PDA, iPAD, cellphones and much more. If you read the manual of your player devices, you will find that most of your devices can support AVI formats. But sometimes you may not see MKV in your supported formats list. Or you may find your portable media player can support the both. If so, which format is the best choice?

What is AVI?

AVI is a video format developed by Microsoft in November 1992 as a part of windows technology. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback. Like the DVD video format, AVI files support multiple streaming audio and video, although these features are seldom used. Most AVI files also use the file format extensions developed by the Matrox OpenDML group in February 1996. These files are supported by Microsoft, and are unofficially called “AVI 2.0”.

Pros of AVI:

AVI is a typical video format that can contain high quality videos in small size. It can be played back on computer, game consoles, smart phones, tablets, MP4 player, MP5, PDA and so on.

AVI usually has a low requirements for hardware, therefore, it can be played back well with older portable media players. If your device is not the latest or the hardware not that developed, you may choose AVI as the output video format.

What is MKV?

An MKV file is an open source container format. It is a general-purpose audio and video container and a competing format to the popular AVI and MP4 formats. With its futuristic design approach, it can provide support for a vast number of audio, video and subtitle compression formats. Its features exceed even those of AVI and MP4 files.

Pros of MKV:

MKV has powerful compatibility and high quality that can be played back on many devices, mainly for high definition media player devices such as Asus, Oppo, Samsung, LG, Sharp LED/LCD TVs and Blu-ray Players, Sony PS3, Nokia N8, computer with media player software, and much more.

MKV offers a high definition visual experience, you can watch some high definition movies, usually, if you use a large screen to playback videos, MKV is the best video formats for you. Usually, MKV has a larger size than AVI or other common video formats. A large hard drive is necessary. MKV is also a formats that allows you to enjoy perfect quality 3D video[1].

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DVDFab DVD Ripper is a powerful tool for DVD fans, it can help you to rip and convert Blu-ray to MKV and AVI with ease.

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