Exporting an AVI File

AVI is a Windows-compatible movie file format for digital video. This file type is no longer officially supported by Microsoft, but it’s still frequently used. The AVI format is similar to a QuickTime movie file, but it supports fewer track types and codecs. It is useful mainly for delivery of movie files to Windows computers or the Internet.

To export an AVI file
  1. Select a clip or sequence in the Browser, or open a sequence in the Timeline.

  2. Choose File > Export > Using QuickTime Conversion.

  3. Choose a location and enter a name for the file.

  4. Choose AVI from the Format pop-up menu.

  5. Choose a setting from the Use menu.

    Each setting in this list is a predefined group of codecs and settings. If your needs are more specific, skip ahead to step 6.

    Figure. Save dialog showing the Format pop-up menu.
  6. To customize settings, click Options.

  7. Select the Video and Sound checkboxes to include both video and audio in your exported file.

    Figure. AVI Settings dialog showing the Video and Sound checkboxes selected.

    If there is no audio in your clip or sequence, make sure the Sound checkbox is not selected. Otherwise, the blank audio tracks will take up space in your output file.

  8. Click Settings in the Video area to adjust the compression settings used for the video tracks.

    The video compression settings here are similar to the QuickTime movie file compression settings, although fewer codecs are supported. For more details, see Exporting QuickTime Movies.

  9. Click Settings in the Audio area to adjust the compression settings used for the audio tracks.

    The audio compression settings here are similar to the QuickTime movie sound settings, although different codecs and settings are supported.

  10. When you’re ready to export, click Save.

    A dialog shows you the progress of the export. To cancel your export, press Esc or click Cancel.