How to: Convert AVI to DVD

Audio Video Interleave (AVI) is a multimedia container format created by Microsoft as part of its Video for Windows (VFW) technology. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows simultaneous audio-with-video playback. AVI files support multiple streaming audio and video such as the DVD video format. AVI is a common format for audio/video on the PC and can be supported by some standalone DVD players. It is not ideal for use as a general purpose container.

To play an AVI file on Windows the type of decoder on the computer must be determined to portray the video. AVI files have a property called a FourCC, which has four letters, based on the kind of encoding used. VFW decoders then register particular FourCCs with Windows, letting it know that they can decode video in those formats

AVI files can be produced with no compression, resulting in extremely large file sizes, but with no loss of quality from the input video to the saved file. This also requires no codecs to be installed, either for saving or playback; as such it is advised to use a Lossless Compression format instead.

AVI files can be easily converted to DVD with the use of convertor programs available on the internet. One example is the Avi2DVD which is a graphic user interface that uses freeware tools and various freeware encoders or CCE to perform conversions. Other types of convertors are Convert Genius, Adobe Premier, Nero, and Pinnacle.

Things You Will Need

  • Computer with memory capacity for software download
  • AVI to DVD convertor
  • Internet access
  • AVI files


  • Download the conversion software to the PC and install it.
  • Once installation is complete, launch the program and follow the directions for converting your files.
  • Save converted files in another folder for easy reference.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Make certain the conversion software selected can facilitate all elements of the AVI you wish to convert. For example the conversion of still pictures is not supported by all convertors.
  • Select a convertor that fits in with your requirements (features, price etc) and is still easy to manipulate.
  • Ensure the converted video can play in a DVD player as well as on the computer.

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