Video File Formats 101
When Internet file formats for images first came along, users developed a rule of thumb: use GIF files for computer-generated images, such as illustrations, and JPG files for real-life images such as photographs. Unfortunately, when it comes to video, there is no similar rule. There are many available file formats, and numerous codecs that exist within many of the formats. And the destination of your video can produce special formatting needs – file size may be of little concern if you make a DVD, but could be the biggest concern if you post to YouTube. Here, I take a look at the most common video formats, and their advantages and disadvantages. I’ll strive to offer information on common formats and terms, since covering every format and term would require a book instead of an article.
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