What is a video file format?

A video file format is a type of file format for storing digital video data on a computer system. Most video files have at least two types of file formats. First there is the container, and then the codec which is used inside the container. The container is what describes the whole structure of the file, and specifies which codec's are being used. The video codec is a compression algorithm, used to compress (encode) or decompress (decode) a digital video file.

Why are there so many video formats?

There are more than 300 different types of known formats and codecs, why are there so many? The answer is that each development or manufacturing company, each standardizing organization, and every combination hereof, all have to come up with their own proprietary software codecs and methods. On one hand, that gives you lots of choice. On the other hand, it makes confusing and sometimes prevents stuff from just working.

The following is a list of some of the more common types of container formats:
*Quicktime Format (.mov)
*MP4 Format (.mp4)
*AVI Format (.avi)
*Windows Media Video Format (.wmv)
*MPG Format (.mpg)
*Matroska Video Format (.mkv)
*3GP File Extension (.3gp)
*Advances Streaming Format (.asf)
*Real Media Format (.rm)
*Flash Video Format (.flv)
*Flash Movie Format (.swf )
*AVCHD Video Format (.mts)
*OGG Media Format(.ogg)

Why do you need a video converter?

All of your video formats for use on a computer actually represent different types of compress. Uncompressed ("raw") video is simply too "big", i.e. requires an enormous amount of storage space. For example, a one-hour standard PAL TV video (720 x 576 by 25 frames per second) would require as much as 103 GB or 22 DVDs to store. In this circumstance, you need to convert a big video into a small video to save computer space.

There are so many different video formats out there that it is not possible for a player to support all. When a video won't play with your media player, or it is not playing smoothly, or you can see the video but do not here the audio, or the video and audio file are not running in sync, then this is most likely related to a missing codecs or less-than-optimal performance of your computer. The solution is to:
*Get a codec pack for your platform and install it on your computer
*Convert the video file with a professional video conversion tool

Free Video Converter

A video converter allows you to convert videos into many different formats. There are many software available for converting video formats. Some are built by video professionals for video professionals and offer a lot of settings in order to get the most out of the video, and these programs are complex and sometimes difficult to use without specific knowledge.

To a common user, a simpler and free video converter is sufficient. The simple and free video conversion tool offers good default settings so that you don't need to mess around with cryptic settings. Here we recommend two free video converters: Freemake Video Converter and FormatFactory.

Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter is a free and safe utility that can be downloaded from http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/. The software converter video files to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMKV, MKV, DVD, MP3, iPhone, iPad, PSP, Xbox, Android phones. It can also transform video to MP3 with one click, rip and burn DVD/Blu-ray movie, convert YouTube to MP4, MP3, AVI, etc.

Freemake Video Converter

Format Factory

Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter. It is FREE! The program provides multiple conversion functions, such as convert all video file types to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF/MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV/JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA, rip DVD to video file, rip music CD to audio file, the output MP4 files support iPhone/iPad/Android devices.

Format Factory

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