Video File Format Extension List (filmora)

I am using filmora video editing software which states the current video editor (8.3.5) supports almost all regular video formats and then lists the most commonly used ones.  I had to look them all up to understand most of them so I made a handy list for anyone who appreciates it.  I did this in the order in which they listed the extension which was, “MP4, FLV, AVI, 3GP, MOV, F4V, MGP, MPEG, TS, TRP, M2TS, MTS, TP, WMV, MKV, ASF, MOD, TOD, EVO, etc. “

I left out etc. but will add any future finds to this list.  Thus, here is the list (definitions obtained by Google Search Engine).  Included following the MTS definition are definitions of Interlaced Scan and Progressive Scanning displays.

File Format Extension List used with Filmora

MP4 MPEG-4 Part 14 or MP4 is a digital multimedia container format most commonly used to store other data such as subtitles and still images.  Like most modern container formats, it allows streaming over the internet.

FLV is a file format used by Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR to store and deliver synchronized audio and video streams over the internet.  There are two different FLV formats, F4V for H.264-based content and open FLV for other supported codecs.  See also streaming media, SWF.

AVI Audio Video Interleaved file is a sound motion and motion picture file that conforms to the Microsoft Windows Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) specification.  AVI files require a special player that may be included with your web browser or may require downloading.

3GP (3GPP file format) is a multimedia container format defined by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for 3G UMTS multimedia services.  It is used on 3G mobile phones but can also be played on some 2G and 4G phones.

MOV is a QuickTime video extension.  Quicktime is a multimedia development, storage and playback technology from Apple.  Quicktime files combine sound, text, animation, and video in a single file.  Using a QuickTime player that either comes with a WebBrowser or can be downloaded from Apple or the browser company, you can view and control brief multimedia sequences.

Quicktime files can be recognized by their filename extensions: qt, MOV and MOOV.

F4V is a file extension for Flash media container file format.  F4V files enable embedded Shockwave.  F4V files support H.264, also known as MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Recording).  H264 is a video compression standard that offers significantly greater compression than its predecessors.

MPG is a common video file that uses a digital video format standardized by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).  MPG files are often used for creating movies that are distributed on the Internet and typically incorporates MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 audio and video compression.

MPEG Moving Picture Experts Group (pronounced m-peg).  The term also refers to the digital video compression standards and file formats developed by the group.  MPEG generally prodces better quality video than competing formats such as Video for Windows, Indeo, and QuickTime.  (me:  There’s more info than I wrote down.)

TS, MPEG transport stream (MPEG-TS, MTS or TS) is a standard container format for transmission and storage of audio, video and Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) data.  It is used in broadcast systems such as Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB), ATSC and IPTV.

TRP is a high definition video file saved in the MPEG-2 Part 1 transport format; used for multiplexing digital video and audio strams and synchronizing the output; includes features for error correction and is often used in digital video broadcasting (DVB).  TRP files often contain H.264 video and AC3 audio data.

M2TS is a filename extension used for the Blu-ray Disc Audio-Video (BDAV) MPEG-2 Transport Stream (M2TS) container file format.  It is used for multiplexing audio, video, and other streams.  It is based on the MPEG-2 transport stream container.

MTS is a file format that supports 1080i (a high definition video format with 1080 horizontal scan lines, interlaced) and 720p (720 horizontal scan lines, progressive scan, rather than interlaced) in a relatively small file size.

An MTS file is a video file saved in the high-definition (HD) MPEG Transport Stream Video format, commonly called “AVCHD.”  It contains HD video compatible with Blu-ray disc format and is based on the MPEG-2 transport stream and supports 720p and 1080i HD video formats.

Interlaced Scan is a display signal type in which one-half of the horizontal pixel rows are refreshed in one cycle and the other half in the next, meaning that two complete scans are required to display the screen image.  The i in a TV signal specification such as 1080i stands for interlaced screening.

Progressive Scanning displays and stores or transmits moving images in which all the lines of each frame are drawn in sequence.  The entire image is refreshed each cycle.

TP files capture data from a transport stream (TS), which is a communications protocol for transmitting audio and video data.  TP files contain hours of high-definition content and can be several gigabytes in size.

WMV – Windows Media Video – is a name of a series of video codecs and their corresponding video coding formats developed by Microsoft.  It is part of the Windows Media framework.  It is a video compression format that utilizes multiple video codecs for streaming of video on the Internet.  Otherfiles that use the WMV codec include AVI amd Matroska.

MKV – the file extension for The Matroska Multimedia Container, an open standard, free container format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subitle tracks in one file.  It is intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content like movies or TV shows.

ASF Advanced Systems Format is a universal format developed by Microsoft for storing and streaming media.  ASF is a digital audio/video container format developed from mid- to late 1990’s.  ASF can act as a container for many formats, popular types include WMA, WMV and MPEG- 4 video.

MOD and TOD are informal names of tapeless video formats used by JVC (MOD and TOD), Panasonic (MOD only) and Canon (MOD only) in some models of digital camcorders.  MOD is used exclusively for standard definition video files, while TOD is used for high definition files.

EVO – Enhanced Video Object, a container format for HD DVD video media.  It is an extension to VOB.  It can contain video encoded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1, or H.262 IMPEG-2 Part 2 and audio encoded in AC-3, E-AC-3, Dolby, True HD, DTS-HD, PCM, and IMPEG-2 Part 3.

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