Difference between mp4, avi, and h.264

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What is the difference between the format AVI, MP4 and h.264?

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Difference between mp4, avi, and h.264


Hi Coleton Mendoza

AVI, MP4 and h.264 are multimedia formats, but there is some basic difference between them.

Here I will make a comparison.




AVI (audio video interleave) is a multimedia container format which was introduced by Microsoft in 1992.

It is the extension for MPEG 4 format and also a container format.

It is the next generation compression format and was introduced in 2003

It contains both audio and video data and allows synchronized Playback.

MP4 have better video quality then AVI for same file sizes.

It is used as video compression format. It is also a loss format.

It can be played on most window based devices.

It is mostly used for many personal media players.

It is the official format of Apple for Quick time player.

It is a loss format which decreases quality to minimize file size.

It can be used to store all kind of multimedia contents like 2D, 3D, subtitles and images.

It has many applications like recordings, compression and distribution of HD videos.

This is the basic comparison between these three formats.

I hope it will be helpful.


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Difference between mp4, avi, and h.264


The AVI initials like .avi which you usually see on video files stands for Audio Video Interleaved or Audio Video Interleave. It is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in November of 1992 as part of its Video for Windows technology.

Video files that use the AVI format contains both audio and video data in one file container which allows synchronous audio-video playback. Need more information about the AVI format Click here.

MP4 or MPEG-4 stands for Moving Picture Expert Group-4 which was first published in 1998 and designed to cover all features of earlier versions of MPEG files and adds a few more that will surely help in today’s advancing technology.

The introduction of MP4 made it possible for the audience to continue growing by providing quicker, faster, and higher quality broadcast media for the average user. For more information about MP4 file format, you may visit Tech FAQ MP4.

H.264 is a next-generation video compression format and also known as MPEG-4 AVC. It was developed to be used on high definition systems such as HDTV, Blu-ray, and HD DVD and also for low-resolution portable devices like Sony PSP and Apple iPod.

This video format offers better quality at lower file sizes than both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 ASP [DivX or XviD].

See also H264info.com | What is H.264 for more information.

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