WMV is a Windows Media Video compression format that uses proprietary codecs developed by Microsoft and can be watched on every Windows system. The WMV 9 is the latest version of the format and is distributed as a standardized format that allows distribution on HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. AVI is an acronym for Audio Video Interleave, a multimedia format developed by Microsoft and released in 1992.
If you ended up on this website you clearly know the winner of the wmv vs avi format battle, however you have to know this: WMV has the advantage (over avi) that it compresses the video more than the AVI does, saving storage space - on the other hand WMV has a slightly lower video quality than AVI. The choice is yours, if you want a better quality, converting the WMV to AVI is a good decision, otherwise leave your video as is.
In order to convert wmv to avi you need a program, luckily enough there are a lot of freeware programs that let you do a conversion. Windows Movie Maker is one of those, but since that has been changed with Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows Vista/7, you cannot do wmv to avi using it anymore (if you have Windows XP though, try the conversion with Windows Movie Maker). If not, just follow these steps to install a freeware WMV to AVI converter and do an actual conversion:
- Download and install (if you haven't already) Freemake Video Converter
- Be careful when installing it to choose Advanced setup (with customization) because by default it will install a toolbar. But if you choose advanced customization you can uncheck the option to install a toolbar.
- When the installation is finished, simply open Freemake and click on File -> Add Video.
- Having one of the most intuitive interface ever, after you've added the WMV file see the lower toolbar and click on the To AVI button to convert your video to AVI
- That's it, really it was that simple to do the conversion.