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How do I Convert AVI to MKV?

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  • Written By: I. Ong
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 17 October 2017
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If you wish to convert an Audio Video Interleave (AVI) file to a Matroska video (MKV) file, you can do it easily by using a downloaded program. There are several programs that will convert AVI to MKV, including some shareware and freeware files. These programs will allow you to convert AVI to MKV with only a few clicks. It is useful, however, to know the pros and cons of each file format before doing so.

AVI is a common format for video files and was first introduced in 1992. Despite its age, the format is still quite popular because of its excellent video quality. This makes it ideal for backing up digital versatile discs (DVDs). The downside to AVI is the large file size, which uses more storage space and takes a longer time to upload to the Internet.

MKV, a type of Matroska Multimedia Container file, is a relatively new format for videos. The name "Matroska" was derived from the Russian matryoshka dolls, which consist of decreasing sizes and nest inside each other. The Matroska file was so named because the Extensible Binary Meta Language, on which it is based, was said by its creator to be similar in architecture to the Russian nesting dolls.

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MKV was designed to be extremely flexible, having more functionality added to its format while retaining backward compatibility with older software. It can hold any type of codec and is editable. MKV can be streamed as well, although its format is not as ideal for streaming as some other formats. Even after you convert AVI to MKV, the MKV file retains the same high quality of video, so anyone who wishes to be able to edit a video file, have it hold any type of codec and still retain compatibility with old software would do well to convert AVI to MKV. Although MKV is relatively more complex to read or write, it retains the same quality as AVI.

If you wish to convert AVI to MKV, you first need to search for a file conversion program. Make sure that it supports AVI as a source file format and MKV as an output file format. Download it from a trusted website, and install the program.

Make sure your AVI file is saved on your computer in a place where it is easy to find. Launch the program and click on the button, such as "add," to select your AVI file on your computer. Select MKV as the output file format and optionally change the file size of your output file. Note that the smaller the file size, the more degradation in quality it will experience.

Choose a location for saving your output file, and click the command to begin the conversion. Your program will then convert AVI to MKV. When it is finished, you will be able to start editing your MKV file.

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