WMV, also called as Windows Media Video, is a file format developed by Microsoft and runs perfectly on Windows platform. As a high end video compression file format, WMV can produce outright clarity. Moreover, video in WMV format usually takes low storage compared to other video formats. Therefore, this file type is often used in streaming videos. However, WMV is limited to play on portable devices though it runs well on Windows-based devices. It will make a difference if you change the WMV files to AVI format, which is famous for its good video quality and high compatibility with Windows, Mac, XP, Linux, etc. AVI, named as Audio Video Interleaved, is a file container which mixes the audio and video track together for playing synchronously. Mainly used for storing TV plays, movies and any other videos, this file format was developed by Microsoft in 1992 and now is still in use widely. Compared to WMV, it is more suitable for transmission and playback on multiple platforms.

Three effective tools to convert WMV to AVI easily

1. An easy and free online application

2. A professional integrated desktop tool

3. A usable web-based application


Use Free Online Converter

One tool highly advocated is Apowersoft Free Online Converter. It is quite simple to use with an easy-to-understand interface. No signup or limits is required. And the conversion speed is very high. One of its most highlighted features is it supports nearly all types of video/audio files to be converted here. Batch conversion, basic video editing and quality modification are available on it. Follow the instructions and you will convert WMV to AVI smoothly. Remember that you will be asked to install a launcher to your computer if it’s the first time you use it. The launcher is 100% safe and clean.

convert WMV to AVI online

  • Click “Browse” to upload WMV files.
  • Select “AVI” as the output format and adjust parameter settings as “bitrate”, “channels”, and “sample rate”.
  • Scan the advanced settings to edit files according to your own need.
  • Click on the “Convert” button to start converting.

Here is a demo showing how to use this web application.

After conversion, the converted file will be placed in your selected folder. Note that the process of conversion can be influenced by network status and file size. So if the file size is large or network is not steady, a desktop program is highly recommended.


Utilize Video Converter Studio

Video Converter Studio is such a professional desktop tool that integrates converting, editing, downloading functions into a whole one. With a clean and user-friendly interface, all the options are clear at a glance. Its conversion speed is excellent without influence of the network status. And it can keep the good quality of the original videos. It can do conversion among various formats, including WMV to MOV, WMV to AVI conversion, etc. Moreover, one can convert files to their portable devices directly. The very first step is to install it on your PC.

convert wmv to avi

    • Click the “Download” button to download and then install it on your PC.


  • Launch the program and click “Add files” to add the WMV files to the program.
  • Open “Profile” list and select “Video”> “AVI” as output format.
  • Open “Output” list and choose the location to place output files.
  • Press “Convert” and the conversion will begin instantly.

Besides this, it can also be used for editing videos. You can trim and crop the video for keeping some part of video. And you are allowed to rotate the video, add subtitles and watermarks and other effects as well. Apart from converting and editing, one can take it to download fancy movies from different websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion and Vimeo. Totally speaking, this software is absolutely worth a try.


Make use of Cloud Convert

Another alternative web-based application is Cloud Convert. It is also an accessible WMV to AVI converter. Users are allowed to convert different formats to other ones. And it supports videos, audios, as well as documents and images for conversion. One can choose to edit the file and codecs of the video before conversion. Probably the process is a little bit long because you have to wait the staff to convert files for you. When conversion is done, you need to download files to your PC. Here is how it works.


  1. Select videos from hard drive or add URL to upload WMV files.
  2. Drop down list and choose “AVI” as the output format.
  3. Choose to change the settings such as bitrate, resolution and codec as you want.
  4. Press the “Start Conversion” and wait for staff to convert.
  5. After completion, download the file to your PC.

Perhaps the most troublesome thing is that your privacy may be leaked if you upload files and ask the staff to do the conversion for you.


What mentioned above are all usable tools with different functions, you had better choose according to your actual need. For those who don’t want to install any software on PC, you can choose to convert WMV to AVI online by using Apowersoft Free Online Converter or Cloud Convert. Then if you want a more professional and integrated program, Apowersoft Video Converter Studio shall be your first choice absolutely.

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