Part 1. Common Video Formats
Since the flash player can be used across platforms, it is available in almost every web browsers, and FLV spreads wider as YouTube is becoming popular. Now, HTML5 is emerging in streaming media, but Flash still has high applicability.
AVI, introduced by Microsoft, is the standard video format in Windows, available in most of Windows PCs. If you want to play an AVI video in other systems, the embedded video codec should support the format. In addition, AVI is supported by many video websites, such as YouTube and Google Video.
WMV, developed by Microsoft too, is specific for web streaming media. It is very convenient to spread online because of its small size. WMV video can play in Windows PCs while it needs the specific codec if you want to play it in other systems.
The file extension of Apple QuickTime is .mov. The format contains video, audio, time code and text and store different types of media. Developed by Apple Inc., the MOV format can be played in Mac, iPhone and iPad. It can also played in Windows PCs.
MP4 is a open multimedia container to store audios and videos, suitable to read almost all media structures. MP4 has been widely used to package h.264 videos and AAC audios. It can save high-quality video in a smaller file size. The high compatibility also allows it to play in PCs, iPod, PSP and mobile phones.
Applicability of common formats in different devices:
Part 2. Video Converter: How to Convert Video File to MP4
Method 1: FFmpeg
Take WMV video as an example:
Method 2: Renee Video Editor Pro
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