Contrasting Matroska with AVI files
Matroska files may be power-packed with all its container format features but it’s not the most popular file extension in that niche yet, Microsoft’s very own AVI files is more known even to average computer users.
AVI files, though can only contain only audio and video files in its container format [great for DVDs], it is backed by a more popular mainstream provider/developer in the name of Microsoft.
This is part of the reason why it’s popular. Microsoft is everywhere and they dominate the market so it only makes sense that their products follow the trend. As a backgrounder, AVI files are actually derived from RIFF files or Resource Interchange File Format that divides data into chunks.
It’s usually supported by codecs in order for it to be opened in normal Windows media players. Codecs are free so no bother. There are some native players such as RealPlayer, or VLC that can play it without using codecs but understandably, it’s still more popular than MKV files.
On the contrary, MKV files can pack more than just the audio-video combination of AVI. It can also contain subtitles, be streamed online and even play when damaged on playback – just a few things that an AVI file won’t be able to do.
It is not the media file of choice for online streaming as it’s currently dominated by either flash or mp4 and most AVI files experience halting when damaged while on playback.
Regardless, it’s the support that matters when it comes to using both files. As more and more media player understand and are familiar with Microsoft’s older container file format, it receives more support which means more compatibility.
For those who are stuck with mkv files and wish that they don’t download another media player or codec just play one, they can resolve with a FSC’s free mkv to avi converter.
This free release is created and developed by one of their team members, Matt Long.
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