How To: Convert AVI to WMV

In the 1990s, the AVI and WMV formats were introduced by Microsoft. Since then both formats have been staples for computer worldwide AVI which stands for Audio Video Interleave, was introduced in the year 1992 and is technically known as a container format. being a container format, AVI can include both video and audio while allowing synchronous playback. AVI files are found online as music videos, TV shows, streaming videos and even full length motion pictures. On the other hand, WMV is the acronym for Windows Media Video and was developed by Microsoft specifically for streaming.

However, WMV can also be saved to a hard drive orF disk media for playback with Windows Media Player and other typed of players such as Winamp, DivX and VLC player. The file formats are popular for two reasons, first, they are easily played in media players like Windows Media Player, that come bundled with the Windows operating system. second, they are easily compressed and can be uploaded, downloaded or streamed on the internet. The process of converting AVI file formats to WMV file formats is fairly easy and it only requires conversion software.

Things you will need

Conversion Software


  • Install and Open conversion software on your computer to convert either an AVI or WMV file.
  • Choose the type of conversion that you would like to achieve.
  • Load the AVI source file that you want to convert to WMV. Most of the time the software will display a prompt to browse of quickly select the file from a folder on your computer. Most applications will also allow you to drag and drop source files into the application window.
    label the destination file and make certain that it is saved within a specific directory.
  • Once you’ve completed steps 1 through four, you may choose between several other features. Each application will have its own features, so before using the software, scan the bells and whistles that the software has available.
  • Once you have made all your specifications, you may begin the conversion process. The process should take between a minute to over an hour depending on the file size, the conversion specifics and the computer configuration.
  • When the conversion process is completed the software will notify you. You will get an error message at the moment the error took place if a problem occurs. Open the media player of your choice and confirm that the file has been converted correctly.


  • Be careful to select the the right audio and video codecs; WMA for audio and WMV8/9 for a video are ideal.
  • Be careful to choose the relevant video size; usually the original size.
  • Also, ensure you choose the correct bit rate; for decent quality, use at least 128 kbit/s for audio and 768 kbit/s for video.
  • Keep the frames per second the same as the source file.

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