AVI is short for Audio Video Interleave and refers to the popular container format that was introduced by Microsoft in 1992; as the name suggests, AVI files are made up of both audio and video data that plays back synchronously. It should be noted that since AVI is just a container, it can contain almost any combination of formats, for example a DivX video stream and an MP3 audio stream; most multimedia player applications will play AVI files such as VLC Media Player, MPlayer, Media Player Classic, etc. Most portable video players will also play AVI files.
WMV is another container format that was also created by Microsoft and is in most cases associated with the Advanced Systems Format (ASF); WMV was originally designed for internet streaming and is currently one of the top choices for internet streaming. WMV9 in particular is popular as it allows video compression to achieve smaller file sizes while maintaining the quality of the video; it may become necessary to convert an AVI file to the WMV format for a variety of reasons including streaming purposes, in such a case, here are the steps to doing so.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
• PC or laptop
• Internet connection
• Conversion application
1. Locate the AVI file or files that need to be converted to WMV
2. If more than one AVI needs to be converted create a new folder on the desktop or in another easily accessible area of the computer
3. Copy all AVI files that are to be converted to this new folder
4. Search online for AVI to WMV conversion software. Popular choices include Format Factory and Media Coder for free solutions with River Past Video Cleaner and WinAVI being popular paid solutions
5. Download and install the chosen application
6. Run the application and use the interface to locate the option to convert the input file to WMV
7. Drag the file or files from the new folder into the graphical interface
8. Tweak the settings for quality and size if the options are made available
9. Hit the button to start the conversion process
10. On completion the output folder may be opened manually or from within the application if this feature is supported
11. Once the output folder is opened the WMV files may now be used however the user intends
DO’s AND DONT’s
Do not pay for a solution for conversion unless absolutely certain that this is what the user wants. Free solutions provide adequate options for conversion though the interface may not be as appealing.
Do not move the original AVI files to the new folder as this may disrupt the library system that may be in use by any video catalog software or file sharing application.
Delete the folder that was created once the conversion is satisfactory. The converted files should be played back to ensure that they were converted properly.
If the user is not satisfied with the final product then changing the encoding options may help to increase quality.