Refers to the "container" that that data is stored in and how that data is encoded.

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What exactly is AVCHD?

Is it a codec? I don't think so; I believe it uses MPEG4/H.264 for video and AC3 for audio. Is it a container format? Doesn't seem to make a huge amount of sense; there are enough out there already ...
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How to make sense of video file formats?

In digital video, there are all these different kinds of files: m4v, mov, mkv, mts, mp4, mpeg, and a host of others, and I can't seem to find a clear answer as to what each is good for. (By contrast, ...
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What codecs/formats are appropriate for full motion video recording for youtube?

I'm recording video game footage via lossless methods, after which I need to compress them and upload them to youtube. I'm not sure which format and/or codecs are best for this. I've been ...
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How to downsample 4k to 1080p using ffmpeg while maintaining the quality?

I have some 4K 3840x2160 footage in MP4 format that I need to bring down to 1080p. I tried running ffmpeg -i orig.mp4 -vf scale=1920:1080 smaller.mp4 but the result is very poor quality, with ...
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converting to .MJP files

I would like to convert some short videos to .MJP format, and none of my preferred tools for video conversion can do this. Can anybody suggest free software that can achieve this? OSX preferred, but ...
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Is there a method (or tool) to convert video from a SWF container to another more portable format (e.g., H.264)

I have a client who has misplaced the original source video, only has an SWF, and would like to use it in a non-flash environment. Is there any way to do this? So far, I've tried ffmpeg but it's ...
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Is there a video type for vector animation?

Is there a vector-based video type, preferably open-source, so that an animated clip could be produced using "rules" instead of pixel-compression? This would mean lossless resolution-independent ...
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Convert .WMV to .MOV

A client gave me a file in Windows Media Video format. I need to edit it in Final Cut Pro X. The problem is that Final Cut Pro X can't read it. Neither can Apple Compressor. It has a Quicktime logo, ...
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Adobe Premiere & Final Cut Pro project file standard?

Is there a standard for non-linear video project files? I want to create a slideshow of my life using jpg + mp3 files and want to be able to tweak it many years from now. My fear is that if I use ...
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Video fails to play in QT browser plugin. Encoding problem?

I have a video that fails to play in the QuickTime plugin in Internet Explorer on Windows 7, but it plays fine in the standalone QuickTime player. I suspect that this may be an encoding problem, and I ...
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`Format profile` property in MediaInfo

I got two media files: the first is an application window capture, the second is desktop cature. The only difference between them is that one has format profile section with value OpenDML in ...
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How does MKV segment linking work?

I downloaded a file vid1 that is in C:\dir1\ which links to another file vid2 in a subdirectory C:\dir1\dir2\ and it works if I move that file to dir1 (so both files are in dir1). I figure that it'll ...
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How can I see each frame of a mpeg transport stream under windows?

I am looking for a tool, preferably free, that will allow me to see and save each frame from MPEG-2 Transport Stream (video/mp2t).
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Motion capture and 3D model formats

I have a light background in CAD and modelling, and I want to use some virtual sets with motion capture. I'm trying to determine what program/platform my next 3D model should use if I want to work ...
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jvc recorder .ced file

I recorded some videos using a JVC recorder. Now I am trying to upload those videos to my PC, but the format it .ced. How do I play/convert this file to a different format on my pc?
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Best format for audio track with a single/few images

What would be the best (e.g. most compact) format for a "video" that is actually an audio track with a single static image the whole time? (example) And if it was not one static image, but a slow ...
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What metadata can be stored in a .dv file?

I'd just like to know what information I can expect to extract from a dv file. A lot of file formats have provisions for embedded metadata of all sorts, so my question is what if any data could a .dv ...
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Utility or method for joining MP4 files

I have two MP4 files that I generated with Camtasia Studio. I need to join them together post rendering with Camtasia (it can't be done during the Camtasia rendering process). Looking for a utility or ...
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Video Encoding - Wasting Space

I am facing a common issue that I cannot find a term to describe: I have a few low quality VHS rips that were encoded with a certain Apple ProRes codec (irrelevant in the context of this particular ...
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Difference between 4K Edition and 4K Cineform

On this page I found this here: http://www.timescapes.org/products/ And I don't get it, because 4k Ediition is only 25gb and 4k cinema is 330gb. What is the difference if both are 4K (4096 x 2304) ...
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Change output using a .jsx script for After Effects CS6

I've made a script that will loop through a (.txt) interchanging elements of a certain composition. Within the script, I add each changed composition to the render queue and output it. How can I ...
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Recreate basic AVCHD from MTS files

My dad has a Sony HXR-NX5E which writes its output to SDHC cards in AVCHD format. Wanting to back up his video and not understanding the AVCHD structure, I originally got him to copy the contents of ...
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poor quality export of still images from premiere

This is the actual source image to a video track in Premiere (a PNG): With no resizing whatsoever, and .flv output, this is a resultant frame from the exported video: How could I improve the ...
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What ffmpeg/avconv format and container will Adobe Premiere Pro accept, out-of-box?

All of these converted, but Premiere Pro only loads the audio. I use Ctrl-I to import the videos, and they come up as waveforms, and can only be placed on audio tracks. These examples use avconv, ...
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Which different EDL types exist?

Edit decision lists are integrated in every pipeline nowadays. I've seen different types of it, but wikipedia only knows CMX 3600 EDL and a xml modification. Which other formats exist and what are ...
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Format to view on iOS and PS3?

I have Apple Compressor and have been trying to determine the correct format for my videos to allow them to play on both the iPad and my PlayStation 3 via a Media Server. Can anyone help me to ...
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exporting .mov vr to multiple still frames

Ive got a quicktime VR in .mov format i need to strip the all still frames (in total there are 250) out of it and have them in as individual images, preferably pngs or jpegs. I was looking at using ...
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WMV vs MP4 Streaming & Download

I work for a company that outputs videos in many formats. We currently stream movies in FLV format, offer downloads in a WMV and MP4 format. However in the interest of saving server space and ...
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Ways to open a corrupted .avi?

I recorded some game footage using MSI afterburner and accidentally closed afterburner before stopping the recording and now I can't open the resulting file. MPC, VLC, Sony Vegas can't open it. MPC ...
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What is the size of 1 minute video at 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)?

I would like to know what is the size in MB for 1 minute video captured in the following format: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps) AVCHD and 1920 x 1080 (60 fps) MPEG-4 with peak data rate of 24Mbit/sec How ...
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Improving frame/image quality on Handbrake?

I created a .cdr file from a DVD and converted it to an .mp4 with Handbrake. My only issue is Handbrake's default settings create a somewhat grainy picture. The file size went from 1.24Gb to ~100Mb so ...
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What video formats should I support (as of 2014)?

I run a website that has offered downloadable instructional videos for 7 years. We have traditionally supported both mp4 and wmv formats. I would like to simplify my life by just offering one format ...
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Does the M4V file type have direct support for Audio?

I am working with a video vendor who just ripped a dvd and sent me BOTH m4v files AND aac files (audio and video separately),. When I asked him why he did not just send 1 m4v file with the audio and ...
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Black title changes colour when exporting MXF ???

Been asked by client to export in MXF format. Never done that before (worked within PP with MXF, just never exported to that). At the end of the ad I've made a very simple after effects title/call to ...
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Can't import some .mov files into Adobe Premiere, it says “Codec missing or unavailable”

I am trying to import some .mov files into Adobe Premiere project, but I keep getting the following error message "Codec missing or unavailable", this only happen for certain .mov videos which have ...
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How to split MTS files?

I have a bunch of large HDTV .MTS files from a camera. I want to cut them in many parts, preferably with free software. How?
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Video file format won't play

Hopefully I'm not out of line asking here, but I used to have a Sony HDR camera and of course all the files were in a sony format. Quite some time ago I used iMovie to import them and since then I've ...
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Choosing the right format/codec for export

I have a few recordings from my Canon IXUS 90 IS that I have combined into one sequence. I am using this small project as a way to get to know Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. The pieces of video from the ...
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How can I convert the subtitle file format (.rtf to .vtt)?

Does anybody knows an easy way to create a .vtt (WEBVTT) subtitle file with an .rtf file? I don't want to have to type all the subtitles new to get the .vtt format! Is there an easy way to convert ...
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How to convert a quicktime 3d model .mov format into multiple images

I've tried exporting 3d model lab into images sequence format after going through this below answer. exporting .mov vr to multiple still frames, but all I can see same image output with different ...
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Ideal video format for Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is very slow in converting from MP4 to whatever it's using as its preferred/interim format. What is their preferred format, so I can convert to it using faster and/or GPU ...
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Simple software program for converting H264 video in to flashvideo flv for website?

my question is: Which simple, lightweight, straightforward, easy to use software for Win7 can do the following: A) import/convert on the fly MP4 (H264) movie into FLV (Flashvideo) and apply ...
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Save existing project to an external drive Final Cut Pro X 10

I have a project with events saved on my Mac drive. I want to save this project on my external HD drive to clean space and work on this project later. I copy pasted Final Cut Events and Final Cut ...
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Is there a video container which is able to handle segments of different video quality (or even size)?

Let's assume I have a video of 10 minutes length. And I want to reduce its size by having some parts in high bitrate, while other less important parts can be low bitrate. For this I'd cut the original ...
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How are video and audio streams placed in 'container' files and what interrelations do they have?

So far I have been guessing my way through the types of audio/video streams and getting them mixed up with containers. For example, I have had a friend tell me that a video file which won't play on my ...
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Do I need to encode video in both ogg and webm?

I'm doing some HTML5 video work; I'm taking uploaded video and using ffmpeg and related packages to convert the original videos (usually .mov, but whatever) into mp4, ogg and webm versions for ...
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Video files compatibility for Adobe Premiere pro CS4

I have Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 in its basic settings. I am trying to merge some .AVI files that a friend shot on his digital camera. The videos play perfect on Windows Media Players and on other ...
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I have a TS file. How do I render it?

(I decided to post this here because it doesn't fit very well into the Gaming category, but it is a gaming question.) I had the idea to try streaming video to Twitch one on computer and to record it ...
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Need to reach a low data rate of about 1.5 - 2 MB/min (200 - 267 kb/s)

I am working on a project involving live streaming. My goal is to reach a data rate of no more than 200 - 267 kb/s when streaming. Is it possible to reach such low rate while keeping an acceptable fps ...
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mp4 file will not play video, only audio on quicktime, fine on VLC

I have an mp4 file that will not play video, only audio, on QuickTime (10.4 on Yosemite) - and by extension does not show the correct icon in Finder not will it play properly on iOS devices. Others ...