Both, AVI and MKV are file formats mainly used for playing videos with audios. However, what most people do not realize that AVI and MKV are not encoding formats, but are container files, i.e. basically wrappers for formatted video files. The main difference between the two comes not from the formats itself, but from the types of codecs used within the files.
What is .avi format?
Currently, AVI is the most popular and commonly used file format. It is supported by many video players, as well as some mobile devices. AVI usually has a low requirements for hardware, therefore, it can be played back well with older portable media players. If your device is not the latest or the hardware not that developed, you may choose AVI as the output video format.
What is .mkv format?
How MKV is superior to AVI?
- Supports H.264/AVC
- B-Frame support
- Supports variable audio bitrate
- Supports chapters, muxed subtitles, metadata/tags and dvd-like menus