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Video Formats

Ever wonder why a video that will play on one device, won’t play on another? Well that all comes down to video formats and which video format works with which players. Trying to figure out which video format is needed for the device you have can at times be a real head scratcher. After all, most of us just want to play a video with ease on whatever device we choose. Knowing a little bit about video formats can help make that process a whole lot easier.

When it comes to video there are so many file formats and more coming every day that keeping track of them all can be daunting. Not to worry, that’s what these posts are all about. We have the video format breakdown. Whether you want to learn about what video formats like MKV, AVI, and FLV have to offer or just want to know which video formats will work with your devices, you can find that information in these posts.

  The Early Days of the Internet Before Web 3.0 and 2.0 there was simply the World Wide Web. When our CEO & Founder, Rob Glaser, left his post as a Microsoft executive to launch his startup, Progressive Networks, websites were mostly static and text was about all you could use without lengthy downloads over . . .

Rob Glaser on the History of Streaming Media

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Flash video is all over the Internet, but at the same time Flash video on the Internet is a dying format. On one hand, you see Flash used on all of the major streaming video sites like YouTube or Facebook. On the other hand, Flash is jumping into the dustbin of history -- its maker . . .

free FLV players...

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Navigating the world of video file formats can get confusing, even more so when it comes to playing video on different types of devices. Not all videos can play on all types of devices. In fact, there are plenty of smartphones that can’t play FLV videos. Before you even start downloading videos, it’s best to . . .

video formats for movie downloads...

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Buckle up your seat belt. Online video is about to get a much-needed jolt that will mean faster downloading and more storage space for your online videos. As an added bonus, it will deliver higher levels of video quality that were ridiculed only a few years ago. HEVC - DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, DOUBLE YOUR CAPACITY . . .

HEVC

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If you like acronyms, particularly for digital media, you’re going to get your fill here. In this case, we’re talking about Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD) and like other acronyms it can be a bit confusing. The essential message is that you can shoot and edit high-definition (HD) video with AVCHD camcorders, and then . . .

AVCHD...

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Can you believe it? In 2012, Americans are on track to watch more video streaming over the Internet than they will on DVD or Blu-ray combined, according to a new study by IHS. Consumers will pay to legally stream over 3.4 billion movies online, 1 billion more than physical media this year! It's amazing to . . .

digital video file formats.

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Flash. It’s everywhere. Just everywhere. You can barely peek into any corner of the Internet without bumping into it in some form or other. Either as a streaming movie, clips posted on YouTube or Facebook, a pop up banner ad, or a simple animation. Although Flash (FLV) and now F4V, an expanded version of the . . .

FLV players.

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Buckle your seat belts, because we’re going to jerk you back some twenty years to trace the history of the impressive AVI player. Developed by Microsoft for use in their Windows PC architecture, the formal name for the AVI container format is Audio Video Interleave (Interleave because the video and audio are bound together in . . .

free AVI video players.

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In addition to its venerable, but aging offering, AVI, Microsoft makes another, more modern player to accommodate today’s more advanced codecs and the demands for quality and convenience by consumers. It’s called Windows Media Video (WMV), and is said to have first come about as a response to a RealNetworks product built for Internet streaming on . . .

WMV players.

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Ever wonder why some movies have additional features like subtitles and surround sound and others dont? You can thank something called Matroska for all those features. Matroska, now there’s an exotic sounding name for a media player! You’re probably more familiar with its file name extension .MKV, and recognize it is a container format for . . .

MKV players.

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