AVI or MP4 - Which one is better?

Can someone from community briefly expalin the difference between AVI and MP4?

Basically, AVI (Audio Video Interleave) and MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14) are both container formats that are used to store video and audio data.

However, there are some differences between the two formats:

AVI is an older format that was introduced in 1992, and it is supported by a wide range of media players. However, it is not as widely supported as MP4, which is more widely used and supported by a larger number of devices and software.

AVI files tend to be larger in size than MP4 files, as they do not use as efficient a compression method. MP4 files use a more efficient compression algorithm, which results in smaller file sizes for the same quality of the video.

Both AVI and MP4 can provide high-quality video, but MP4 generally offers better quality due to its more efficient compression method.

Overall, MP4 is generally considered a better choice due to its wide compatibility, smaller file size, and better quality. However, if you need to support older devices or software that does not support MP4, AVI may still be a viable option.
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Can you elaborate which format is more suitable for non-linear editing systems and supports the necessary features while involved in video editing or post-processing tasks?

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The decision between AVI and MP4 for video editing jobs is affected by various aspects, including the type of non-linear editing (NLE) system being used, editing efficiency, compatibility with codecs, desired compression ratio, metadata capabilities, and interoperability.

Most contemporary NLE programs, such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, support both the AVI and MP4 file formats. With its additional metadata capabilities, MP4 is a more adaptable format than AVI, which is noted for its slower searching time due to less compression. The selection has to be in line with your particular editing method, guaranteeing efficiency, compatibility, and the retention of essential elements during the post-processing phases.