Audio Video Interleave or AVI files are a popular video container created by Microsoft in 1992 and are the standard across Windows machines. AVI is often used to save uncompressed, or lossless video, but because of this AVI files tend to be very large - 2-3 GB for every minute of video. AVI files are one of the few container formats that support alpha channel, or transparency.
WMV stands for Windows Media Video and is a series of video compression codecs that were designed for early internet video streaming and HD-DVD and Blu-Ray physical media, Video in this file format is natively playable on Windows devices and can have DRM content management attached.
You might want to convert AVI files to WMV to reduce the file size, for sharing or streaming over the internet where you know the end-user is using Windows, and you want to add DRM to restrict unlicensed reproduction of the file.
NOTE: It's important to distinguish between file container formats and compression formats, or codecs. For example, MP4 is a container, and can hold different types of video compression, for example, MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 AVC, or HEVC, as well as audio (again compressed in a variety of formats) and metadata (for example subtitles). Some codecs can be wrapped in multiple different containers. Containers are sometimes referred to as file extensions, e.g. MOV, MP4, or AVI, but it's important to remember that there can be different types of video within these file formats.
VideoStudio is more than AVI to WMV converter. We built VideoStudio to convert multiple file-formats including the formats below.
Format support for VideoStudio Trial depends on your OS system configuration. Fewer formats are supported in the VideoStudio Trial and is not representative of the formats supported in VideoStudio Pro or VideoStudio Ultimate upon full purchase.
Requires the full version of VideoStudio - not supported in VideoStudio trial.
* This format requires supporting graphic card and MS HEVC extension installed
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