Windows Media Video (WMV) is a media container and compression format used for Microsoft's proprietary codecs. As such, there are not many software tools that support the playback of WMV files, besides Microsoft's own products such as Windows Media Player and Windows Movie Maker. Audio Video Interleaved (AVI), on the other hand, is a container format for various standard multimedia codecs such as DivX, Xvid, MPEG4, etc., and hence enjoys wider software compatibility.
If you would like to convert WMV files to AVI files on Linux, there are several ways to do it.
Covert wmv to avi with FFmpeg:
$ ffmpeg -i input.wmv output.avi
Convert wmv to avi with MEncoder:
$ mencoder input.wmv -o output.avi -ofps 23.976 -ovc lavc -oac copy
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