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MKV VS AVI: Comparison Between MKV and AVI


AVI or MKV? I am downloading movies from the internet and i have 2 options to choose from : The AVI format and The MKV format. Is there any quality difference ? And why do you think they have offered these 2 formats if there is actually no difference between them ?

Do you have the same puzzle about MKV and AVI? If so, then follow me and I will tell you the differences between MKV and AVI and show you their respective pros and cons.

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What does MKV Mean?

MKV, the short form of the Matroska Multimedia Container, is an open standard free container format capable to hold innumerable videos, audios, pictures, or subtitle tracks in one file. Also it carries out its duty as a universal format to store common multimedia content, e.g., movies, TV shows, etc.
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How much Know about AVI?

AVI, (also Audio Video Interleave), widely called AVI by its initial letters, is a multimedia container format as well, introduced by Microsoft in November 1992 as a counter from Windows software against MOV format from Apple computers. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container inside which synchronous audio-with-video playback can be achieved.

Differences Between MKV and AVI

MKV VS AVI: Playback & Uploading

MKV VS AVI: Video Audio Formats

Container format

Media Player Supported

Portable Devices Supported

Video-uploading sites supported

Video Formats Supported

Audio Formats Supported

Subtitles Format Supported


Usually playable on Windows-based media players

Works well with Microsoft devices, and some Android devices, but incompatible with Apple devices

Can be uploaded to video-sharing sites, e.g,YouTube,Vimeo, Flickr, Dailymotion, etc.

MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.263, VC-1, VP8, Dirac, others

MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, DTS, RealAudio, PCM, etc.

SubRip, (Advanced) SubStation Alpha (via third party modifications), XSUB


Playable on almost all the major media players

Unaccepted by almost all the portable devices.

Welcomed by the above sites, but large files are easy to cause uploading failure in the sites like Flickr (150 MB max), Vimeo (500MB).

Almost anything

Virtually anything

MicroDVD, MPEG-4 Timed Text, MPSub, Ogg Kate, Ogg Writ, etc.

Also see: AVI VS MP4, MKV VS MP4, convert AVI to MKV, convert M2TS to MKV, M4V VS MP4, AVCHD VS MP4

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MKV VS AVI: Respective Pros and Cons

MKV Pros and Cons

MKV Pros:
1) Reserve great video & audio quality;
2) Multi-tracks and subtitles supported;

AVI Pros and Cons

AVI Pros:
1) Be readable in most handheld devices and media players;
2) AVI keeps good balance between video quality and file size;

MKV Cons:
1) Not natively supported by most mobile devices;
2) Kind of larger in file size and easy to cause uploading issues;

AVI Cons:
1) Rejected by Mac & iOS-based apps and devices;
2) Lossy compression that sacrifices quality for file size;

Grounded on MKV and AVI individual pros and cons, there are several suggestions for you when you are in a dilemma to choose one from MKV and AVI. One: supposed you are the one who pursue a better format compatibilty and play your videos almost anywhere, AVI should be your preference with no doubt. Two: in case the video quality is what you care about most, then picking out MKV is unquestioned as the most sensible choice since MKV can store the HD movies with highest possible quality.

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