How to Convert AVI to WMV

In the 1990s, AVI and WMV formats were introduced by Microsoft. Since then both formats have been staples for computers internationally. AVI which is the abbreviation for Audio Video Interleave was introduced in the year 1992 and is technically known as a container format. As a container format, AVI can include both video and audio while allowing synchronous playback. AVI files are found online as music videos, television programs, streaming videos and even full length films.

On the other hand, WMV stands for Windows Media Video and was developed by Microsoft specifically for streaming. However, WMV can also be saved to a hard drive or disk media for playback with Windows Media Player and other type of players such as Winamp, DivX and VLC player.These file formats are popular for two reasons, the first being that they are easily played in media players such as Windows Media Player, which come bundled with the Windows operating system. Secondly, they are easily compressed and can be uploaded, downloaded or streamed by way of 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


  1. Install and Open conversion software on your computer to convert either an AVI or WMV file.
  2. Select the type of conversion that you would like to achieve.
  3. Load the AVI source file that you would like to convert to WMV. Usually the software will display a prompt to browse, quickly choose the file from a folder on your computer.
  4. A lot of applications will also allow you to drag and drop source files into the application window. Name the destination file and make sure that it is saved into a specific directory.
  5. Once you’ve completed steps one to four, you may choose between several other features. Each software will have its own features, so before using the software, scan the bells and whistles that the software offers.
  6. Once you have made all your selections, you may begin the conversion process. The process should take between a minute to over an hour depending on the size of the file, the conversion specifics and the computer configuration.
  7. When the conversion process is finished the software will notify you. You will receive an error message in case any problem occurs. Launch the media player of your choice and confirm that the file has been converted correctly.


  • Be careful to choose the correct audio and video codecs; WMA for audio and WMV8/9 for a video are ideal.
  • Be careful to select the right video size; usually the original size.
  • Also, make sure you choose the right 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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