If you like watching movies or any kind of videos, you should read on to find out about the different video formats that can be played on your computer or video player.
The most common form of video that you will find online, especially in YouTube, is the Flash Video or FLV. It is so-called because it uses an Adobe Flash in generating the images or videos. Not all computes, laptops and video players are compatible with FLV files, which means that they cannot be played on these devices.
This is why some people, especially those who are in the video making business, use a video converter. Although there are converters that you can purchase for a minimum price, there are quite a lot that are available for free.
An mp4 file is another video format. It stands for MPEG-4 and is used to store digital video and audio streams. There are more video players that are compatible with mp4 files than the FLV files. In downloading videos from YouTube, for example, you need to use an FLV to mp4 converter because videos in YouTube are in Flash Video format. You won’t need to worry, though, as the quality will not be affected. In fact, most converters have highly advanced video settings, which assure you excellent video and sound quality.
Some converters even have extra features like editing functions, like the cutting of some portions of the video. Therefore, you can choose the scenes that you want.
Other forms of video include AVI or Audio Video Interleave, WMV or Windows Media Video, MKV or Matroska, the .mov movie format (which is often referred to as the Apple QuickTime Movie Format), and M4V (which is used by Apple’s iTunes).