AVI is a video format developed by Microsoft in November 1992 as a part of windows technology. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback.

DV is a format for storing digital video. It was launched in 1995 with joint efforts of leading producers of video camera recorders.

1: AVI have some of the advanced capabilities that are available in DV.
2: DV is the codec (compression method) and an AVI could use any one of hundreds.
3: AVI is thought of as a container format with the DV compressor type being only one of possible compressors.

Other Comparison: MOV vs WMV / 3GP vs 3G2 / MP4 vs FLV / MKV vs MP4 / MP4 vs MP3 / 3GP vs MOV / 3GP vs FLV / M2TS vs MP4

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