Popular Video Formats

Video Formats:


It is a multimedia container format used in 3G mobile phones. 3G2 and 3GP are container formats similar to MPEG-4 Part 14 (MP4). 3GPP (.3gp) is used with GSM phones where as 3GPP2 (.3g2) is used with CDMA phones.


Audio Video Interleave is a multi media container format developed by Microsoft in 1992. AVI is derived from Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) where a file containing data is divided in to several blocks or chunks.


Also known as MPEG-2 it uses the file extension .dat. DAT works with DVD players.


FLash Video is a container format and it is used to deliver video over the internet using the Adobe Flash Player. F4V is the new standard file format and it uses ISO base media file format. F4V is supported in later versions of the Adobe Flash Player (Version 9 Update 3). FLV is supported from version 6.

H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

(MPEG-4 Part 10 Advanced Video Coding)

This is one of the most commonly used video coding formats right now. This was developed by the Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG). Vimeo, You Tube, etc use this technology. Blu Ray Discs also use this technology.


This is widely used in digital television transmission of signals (Cable, Satellite TV, over the air transmission). This format is not sophisticated like the H.264 format, but still being used in digital television.


MPG is a file extension for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2


MOV is a container format for saving video files and movies. It was developed by Apple and it is compatible to Apple and Window based computers. It uses MPEG-4 format.


M4V is a video container format developed by Apple and it is very similar to MP4 format. To use M4v, one should have a iTunes account.


MKV has become the preferred format for sending video through the internet. It is open standard and flexible.


MP4 stands for MPEG-4 Part 14. It can be used to store video, audio and other data such as sub titles and still images. MP4 can be streamed over the internet. It uses the following extensions: .mp4, .m4a and .m4p


VOB, Video OBject is a container format used with DVD players. VOB can contain: digital video/audio, sub titles, etc. VOB files can be encrypted.


WebM is a video file format developed by Google to use in HTML5 video tag.


Windows Media Video was developed by Microsoft to store videos. It is usually stored using a video compression format.