AVI vs H.264

AVI is a Audio Video Interleave container or wrapper file format. Like the DVD video format, AVI files support multiple streaming audio and video, although these features are seldom used. AVI files can be played by various video players which support the codec used to encode the video data.

H.264 is a standard for video compression, and is currently one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of high definition video. H.264 is popular for Blu-ray Discs, and popular devices like iPod, iPad, iPhone, etc.

Summary:
1. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container while H.264 used for video compression format
2. AVI file is developed for playing on Windows platform while H.264 for Blu-ray Disc and portable devices.
3. AVI can be played in most Windows-based applications and H.264 often use for playing on iPad, iPod, iPhone.

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