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Video for Windows
Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 1998 

A format developed by Microsoft Corporation for storing video and audio information. Files in this format have a.AVI extension. AVI files are limited to 320 x 240 resolution, and 30 frames per second, neither of which is adequate for full-screen, full-motion video. However, Video for Windows does not require any special hardware, making it the lowest common denominator for multimedia applications. Many multimedia producers use this format because it allows them to sell their products to the largest base of users.

Video for Windows supports several data compression techniques, including RLE, Indeo, and Cinepak. A competing software -only video format is QuickTime.

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AVI Overview 
Excellent overview of Video for Windows, ActiveMovie, and AVI written by John F. McGowan. Includes information on utilities, system administration and authoring, as well as installation, configuration, programming information, and technical topics.

AVI format and resources page
Contains a brief overview of the AVI format and several related links to Video for Windows sites.

The Almost Definitive FOURCC Definition List
This site contains descriptions of RGB and YUV pixel formats used by Video for Windows, DCI and DirectDraw. Also included is a list of AVI codec FOURCCs and links to sites offering codec information or downloads.

Understanding Video for Windows
Provides a handout from a 1994 Multimedia SIG meeting. Much of the content comes directly from the Microsoft Help information in the Video for Windows Suite applications.

Video for Windows Runtime installation notes
Contains installation instructions for Video for Windows Runtime for Microsoft Windows 3.1.

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