Encoding Formats

3gp Extension

3GP is a file format designed for video on mobile phones. 3GP is a container that facilitates the creation, editing, transfer and viewing of video and audio using a 3G mobile phone. It is supported by most smartphones, including the Apple iPhone.

3g2 Extension

3g2 was originally developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2. It is an audio and video format for use on 3G phones. It can also be played on some 2G and 4G phones. It is designed for transmitting multimedia files over the internet and is mainly used for viewing videos on mobile phones. 3G2 is also known as 3GPP2 which is based on the MPEG-4 standard which was derived from Apple's QuickTime. You are probably familiar with it if you have an Iphone.

mp4 Extension

MP4 files (MPEG-4 Part 14) are multimedia files. MP4 is a container format that can store video, audio and subtitle data (as well as more depending on content). Since stores like iTunes uses this container format, and it is used with iPod and PlayStation Portable (PSP), MP4 files have become more common.

mpg Extension

MPG is commonly associated with video and audio compressions MPEG-1 or MPEG-2. This is designed to compress audio and video to formats that can be downloaded. Movies with this extension are of lower sizes and greater quality, but quality differs from original VCR videos. This file format can run on Mac, Windows and other portable devices.

mov Extension

The MOV file format is most commonly associated with Apple and the QuickTime video clip. The file format was developed by Apple as was QuickTime Player, it is compatible with both the Microsoft and MacOS platforms. MOV files are capable of storing two or more tracks which can be video, audio, text, graphics or effects. This flexibility makes this file format very popular for music and video editing.

webm Extension

Similar to the MKV file extension, WEBM is a file format developed by a number of parties, including Google. Launched in 2010, it is open source format designed to deliver video through the web. It can be used for a variety of types of video, from video calls to high definition movies. WebM is growing, and by using the HTML5 version of YouTube, it is possible to watch video encoded in WebM.

flv Extension

The Flash Video format is a video format defined by Adobe Systems. Flash Video has been accepted as the default online video format by many sites. Notable users of it include YouTube, Hulu, VEVO, Yahoo! Video, metacafe, Reuters.com, and many other news providers. Flash Video is viewable on most operating systems except iOS, via the Adobe Flash Player and web browser plugin or one of several third-party programs.

m4v Extension

The M4V file format was developed by Apple. It is very similar to the MP4 file type, with the main difference being that M4V may contain Apple's DRM protection, Fairplay. Video content downloaded from the iTunes store is likely to be in M4V format. If M4V file does have DRM enabled then the iTunes account used to procure the file will need to be authenticated on the computer playing the file.

mkv Extension

The MKV file holds an unlimited number of video, audio, picture and subtitle tracks within the file. It is a convenient video file where you can fit in the highest amount of data possible. It is a raw format that you can easily flip and turn all of the separate data tracks.

asf Extension

.ASF is a file format created by Microsoft, formerly known as Active Streaming Format or Advanced Streaming Format. ASF is specifically designed for streaming audio and visual content. ASF files are containers for the streaming media, and normally Windows Media Video or Windows Media Audio files are found within them. This format has been superseded by WMV.

vob Extension

A VOB file is normally known as a DVD Video Object file, and is one of the most common formats for storing video and audio streams on DVD discs. The VOB format also may denote a Vue d'Esprit object, which is a 3D model created for use within the application. A VOB file contains video streaming in MPEG-2 format and audio streaming in one of several formats.

wmv Extension

WMV files are a type of video file (usually containing audio) from Microsoft. These files can be played on a variety of video players on both Mac and PC machines. Some WMV files may have digital rights management (DRM) protection which prevents users from making unauthorized copies of files purchased in online stores.

avi Extension

AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave. Files of this format have an .avi extension. Developed by Microsoft in 1992, it has become so widespread that many people consider it the de-facto standard for storing video and audio information on PC. AVI combines audio and video into a single file in a standard container to allow simultaneous playback. Its advatage is a simple architecture, due to which AVI runs on a number of different systems like Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix and is supported by all of the most popular web-browsers.

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