Edited by Ben Jacklin
December 3, 2021
AVI is one of the most popular video formats. Many PC and Mac users save their movies in this format because most media players support it. So if you have some video files in the less-common WMV format, you’ll need a way to convert them to AVI. One way is to use a WMV-to-AVI converter online. Converting WMV to AVI online is a good option if you have a small file. If your videos are large, convert WMV to AVI with Movavi’s desktop app.
How to convert WMV to AVI with Movavi Video Converter
Movavi’s conversion software for Windows or Mac is not only the perfect solution for converting WMV to AVI but also a powerful tool to convert all your multimedia between more than 180 formats and save videos and music for more than 200 mobile devices. The conversion speed is higher than in free WMV-to-AVI converters that you can use online. Apart from converting Windows movies to AVI, the converter also lets you edit your files: trim and rotate videos, add subtitles and watermarks, apply filters, and adust color parameters. You can use this WMV-to-AVI converter for free during the trial period.
Read the guide below to learn how to convert WMV to AVI.
Step 1. Install Movavi’s WMV-to-AVI converter
Download Movavi Video Converter and install it on your computer. A free download is available to try the program for 7 days. This easy-to-use software can change your video formats from WMV to AVI really fast. You can convert several files simultaneously – the app supports batch conversion.
Step 2. Add the file you want to process
Launch the converter, click the Add Media button in the upper left corner, and select the Add Video option. Choose one or multiple WMV files to convert to AVI.
Step 3. Set the output format
To set AVI as the output format, go to the Video tab, click the AVI category, and select the AVI preset that best suits your needs, depending on the codec and resolution you prefer. You should keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the larger the file size will be. If you click the Cogwheel button, you can also change advanced format settings and even save your own custom preset for later use.
Step 4. Convert .wmv to .avi
Set the folder for the converted files by clicking Save to. Then click Convert. The conversion process will usually take up to several minutes, depending on the number of files you're transferring and how big they are.
In summary, to change file formats, you can use free WMV-to-AVI converters online or download a desktop conversion app. It’s convenient to convert WMV to AVI online if you have one small file for conversion. If you want to convert large files, it’s better to use a desktop app like Movavi Video Converter – it lets you convert files in bulk and also edit them.
WMV vs. AVI: A comparison
Don’t know which format to choose: WMV or AVI? Let’s learn about the difference between the two formats. The main difference is that WMV and AVI are actually different types of formats. AVI is a container format, and AVI files can contain video and audio compressed with various codecs. WMV is a codec for video compression, and files compressed with this codec are contained in the ASF format. The AVI format is more widely supported, so you’ll have fewer compatibility problems with AVI files than with WMV. Below, you’ll find a WMV vs. AVI comparison table.
|Full name||Windows Media Video||Audio Video Interleave|
|Format type||Video-coding format||Container format|
|Usage||Windows PCs, online streaming||Windows, macOS|
Frequently asked questions
What is a WMV file?
WMV is the abbreviation for Windows Media Video. The WMV format was introduced in 2006 by Microsoft, and WMV is now widely used for storing multimedia files on PCs.
What is an AVI file?
AVI is a format created in 1992 by Microsoft. AVI is used to store video and audio encoded with DivX, Xvid, or other codecs. This format is still one of the most popular formats for storing multimedia files.
How do I convert WMV to AVI on a Mac?
The process is the same as described above in this article. All you need to do is download and install the Mac version of Movavi Video Converter.
Launch the program and follow these instructions:
- Click Add Media and choose Add Video. In the dialog box that appears, select the WMV files you want to process.
- On the Video tab, select AVI and choose one of the presets.
- Hit Convert.
Is AVI better than WMV?
It depends on what you’re going to use your files for. For instance, WMV files can be used for online streaming. The WMV format also supports 3D content, metadata storage, chaptering, and more. The AVI format, on the other hand, supports a larger variety of audio and video codecs than WMV.
Can an iPhone play WMV files?
No, it can’t. An iPhone doesn’t support WMV files, but you can overcome this problem by converting them to Apple-friendly video formats like MP4, M4V, or MOV. You can convert your WMVs to these formats with Movavi Video Converter.
How do I convert WMV to AVI on Windows 10?
To convert WMV to AVI on Windows 10, use Movavi Video Converter.
- Download and install the app.
- Go to Add Media and click Add Video. Select the videos you want to convert.
- Open the Video tab, find AVI, and pick the desired preset.
- Hit Convert.
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