Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the AVI Format Used for?
AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave. It’s a widely used format developed by Microsoft to store both video and audio in a single file. These videos are of high quality, so AVI is one of the best formats for storing multimedia on a computer.
Where Is the MPEG Format Used?
MPEG (file extension .mpeg or .mpg) is a popular format for the videos you find on the internet. Thanks to a specific type of compression, MPEGs are easier to stream and faster to download than video files in other popular formats.
Is AVI Compatible with Macs?
No, it’s not: the free version of QuickTime, the default video player on Macintosh computers, does not support all types of AVI files. The easiest way to overcome this problem is to convert your AVI files to a Mac-friendly video format such as MPEG, MOV, MP4, or M4V.
How Do I Convert AVI to MPEG on a Mac?
First, download and install Movavi Video Converter on your computer.
Run the program and follow these instructions:
- Click Add Media and choose Add Video. In the dialog box that appears, select the AVI files you want to process.
- On the Video tab, select MPG and choose one of the presets.
- Hit Convert to transform your AVI files to MPEG.
Is AVI Better Than MPEG?
No, not better, just different. The quality of a video depends on the codecs used to encode files, so, in some cases, AVIs be of worse quality than MPEGs. Still, under normal circumstances, AVI is uncompressed and is of high quality, which makes it one of the most appropriate formats to store videos in. Unlike AVIs, MPEG videos are compressed. This makes the MPEG format perfect for streaming videos online and storing on servers since the files don’t take up too much space. So these two formats are just usually used for different purposes.