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What Is Video Format and Which Video Format to Choose?

If you are editing and uploading a video to Youtube or Vimeo, one question you will surely meet is that, which best video format should I choose to export? There are a huge amount of video formats out there and choosing the right one for your project can really be frustrating. Today we’ve put together some information to help you understand the following questions:

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What are Video Formats?

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Video file formats refer to the type of file format that storing digital video data on a computer. Just as you’re dealing with a video, it is best to understand that a huge amount of data will be required in depicting a video signal. The information will be compressed and will also be written into a file.

There are truly a lot of formats used in saving video and this can be quite confusing on your part. Other formats are known to be optimal for capturing the videos while others are used for editing workflow. Apart from it, there are also video formats that are utilized in the distribution and delivery of video. In this article, you will learn more about what video formats is, various video file format types and how to choose the best video format based on your needs.

7 Different Types of Video Formats You Should Know

 Video Formats Types

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The following is a full explanation of the different types of video formats that are found online:

1. "Flash Video Format" or .flv

Due to the availability of cross-platform of Flash video players, this format has even become more popular. In fact, the flash videos can be played in different Flash movies files. These are entirely supported by each browser on each platform. The best thing about these flash videos is that they support both streaming and progressive downloads.

2. AVI Format or .avi

Created by none other than Microsoft, AVI format effectively stores data to be encoded in different codec’s. This is an abbreviation of "audio video interleave” and this was introduced by Microsoft. This also contains both video and audio data. In this format, you will notice that it utilizes less compression as compared to other similar formats. This is also one of the famous formats used by internet users.

3. MP4 Format

This is used in storing visual and audio streams online. This mainly utilizes a separate compression intended for video and audio tracks. The video will be compressed using the MPEG-4 video encoding.

4. MPG Format

Standardized by the famous MPEG, this video format is used to create downloadable movies.

5. 3GP File Extension

This 3GP format is designed for transmitting video and audio files between the internet and 3G cell phones.

6. The RealVideo Format

This mainly serves its purpose of streaming videos at low bandwidths.

7. Quicktime Format [.MOV]

This is likewise used for saving video and movie files on the internet. This also contains a single or multiple tracks that store audio, text, video and effects. This can also be made compatible with Windows and Mac Platforms.

How to choose the Best Video Formats Based on Your Need?

You may already be researching over the web and asking your friends about it. Good thing, below is some information that you would ever want to consider.

1. Sharing Format Best for Online Video Platforms such as YouTube

It is important for you to choose MP4, FLV, MOV or AVI as your sharing format. This is actually best for online video platforms, specifically YouTube. If you also want, you can make use of MPEG or WMV and SWF.

If you are uploading to video to Facebook or Instagram or the newly launched Instagram IGTV, and curious about the preferred best video formats for each social platform, below is the brief summary table.

Preferred Video Format Frame Rate Video size limit
Facebook MOV or MP4 (with H.264 Codec & AAC audio) 30fps or below 1.75GB
Twitter MP4 (with H.264 Codec & AAC Low Complexity audio) 40fps or below 15MB
Instagram MP4 (with H.264 Codec & AAC audio, 3,500 kbps video bitrate) 30fps or below 15mb
Instagram IGTV MP4 Min.30fps 650MB/3.6GB (large/verified accounts)
YouTube Most video formats are supported Most frame rate settings 128GB

2. HD Formats that are Best to be Watched on TV or Computers

If the video you are editing will mainly be watched on HD TV or computers, it’s a good idea to export in formats with the highest quality. MOV, AVI, and MKV are good choices for that purpose. The only problem is that high quality videos usually takes up more spaces, so always make sure that your hard disk has enough spaces.

3. Best Format to Choose to Burn onto DVD

As per the best format to choose to burn onto DVD, MPEG-2 can be your best option. This is also known as a container format and there is also a codec of the similar name. This is often called by people as H.262. This is basically intended to be used for DVD players.

4. Video Formats for Websites

If the video you are making is for your website, it is best to choose to output using WEBM or HTML5. These two formats have small sizes, making them very easy to stream. So your customers won’t have to wait for too long when they watch it on your website.


If you still have some questions about how to choose the best video format based on your need, or you want to share some ideas of video format for different platforms, please leave a comment below.

Jul 19,2018 17:40 pm

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Does it happen after you dropping the video to the timeline? If there is no problem with the source files, I assume it is caused by the compression of the preview window. Actually, after you load the video to the timeline, it will be compressed to a lower resolution for fast rendering speed. (Most programs will take this action). Normally, the output quality will not be affected. You can export your file to check it.
Have you tried to export it to other formats? Is it synchronized? I have found some information on the website: https://filmora.wondershare.com/faq/exporting/#how to maintain the output video quality You can also contact the Filmora support team to get the professional help.
You can change the video format at exporting. Just click the Export and then select the format you want. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8a8c3685c3a7e9a13abe7aece974a5c4d3158b61efa81072033b8bb220504f05.jpg
For some reason every time I finish editing and exporting. I find the video that I just e using AVI not synchronized!!!!! I don't know what's going on please help !!! i keep exporting again and again and it's getting worst !
Why when i'd imported video with avi format, the video's resolution change? It became oblique and broken. Could you give me solution?
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