File Formats Mov and Mp4

At VideoBlocks we offer two main types of video formats- Mov and Mp4 find out what one is best for you in this short informative video from our tutorial series.

The number of video formats can be quite confusing, but there are really only a few things you need to know. A video format means more than its file extension, which is not the same as video codecs. They are containers, or file formats, which can use multiple codecs to compress video into a space that is easier for hard drives to handle. File types include the codecs that found inside the containers, so it helps to think of containers as files and codecs as their contents.

Common Video Formats

AVI is a common file type format, originally developed by Microsoft, for editing and viewing computer videos and movies. Video or audio content may be compressed using one of many codecs, and stored in AVI files. Codecs must be supported by whatever device you or others may be playing the videos on.

MPG (MPEG) is a file format designed by Moving Picture Experts Group, and many DVD and Blu-ray players and computers use it. Many programs will open MPEG files, including Windows Media Player and Apple QuickTime.

MP4, or MPEG-4, is used for video or movie clips using MPEG-4 compression, and it is quite commonly used in videos shared online. This format uses separate types of compression for its video and audio tracks. While the video content will be compressed using MPEG-4 encoding, the audio will use AAC compression. Many hardware devices and video programs, including Microsoft’s Zune media player, use MP4 files.

MOV file types are containers for Apple QuickTime format, and is suitable for downloads. They can store tracks of data, including text, audio and effects, and video, after editing is complete.

File Formats Mov vs Mp4