WMV is a common video file format developed by Microsoft and designed to store or transfer video data. It takes its name from the abbreviation of the name of the Windows Media Video technology itself, with which the file is encoded. Codecs for WMV format are installed automatically along with any version of the Windows operating system. Playing WMV files is possible on almost any media player. Such files may contain both Windows Media Video video data and Windows Media Audio audio data. The format also supports the use of DRM protections to prevent copying.
AVI is a video file format developed by Microsoft. The Video for Windows package, within the framework of which the AVI format appeared, was developed by this company in November 1992. It was intended for the operating system Windows 3.1. Since then, for a quarter of a century, the AVI format has remained the main one for storing video files in all versions of Windows operating systems. The name of the format is an abbreviation of the full name Audio Video Interleave File. The format is used to store video data encrypted using a variety of codecs. AVI files, as a rule, use much less compression in comparison with similar formats.