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Audio-Video Interleave, also known as "Video For Windows", is an old, simple container originally designed to contain uncompressed video and audio tracks.


  • Simplicity, most computers don't require anything in special to decode AVI.
  • Compatibility, most video players and editors are designed to support AVI.


  • Softsubs support is problematic.
  • Multiple audio stream support might be problematic.
  • Variable Bit Rate audio might require hacks to work.
  • Vorbis audio requires some rather obscure hacks to work.
  • Does not support anamorphic videos.
  • Does not support chapters.
  • Low error recovery.
  • Older formats of AVI have problems with B-Frames and have a 2GB filesize limit
  • Doesn't support VFR video.