Expert Opinion: What is the difference between an MP4, an AVI or MOV File?
What is the difference between an MP4, an AVI or MOV File?
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At MemoryWise our team is trained to be experts in everything involved in the digitization process. Here is our insight into the difference between MP4, an AVI or MOV files and MP4 files in respect to their advantages and disadvantages for personal usage.
AVIs/MOVs – Full Quality, Uncompressed Video for Editing and Long-term Preservation
If your goal is to edit your footage using video editing software or to preserve the best possible video quality for future generations in a flexible, enduring format, AVIs (for PC or MAC) and MOVs (for MAC) are the video format you want
- AVIs and MOVs are considered the most flexible, highly compatible computer video file formats
- The AVIs and MOVs we create are full-quality, uncompressed digital video that represents the best possible resolution from your original media; they are large files (~26GBS per 2 hours of footage) due to the amount of information they contain and are typically stored on an external hard-drive
- Because of their size, AVIs and MOVs are not a recommended format for easy playback and sharing
- AVIs and MOVs are considered the most durable, lasting file formats and are the best bet for compatibility moving forward into future years of the digital revolution
- Because hard drives can fail, please make sure to protect your investment by backing up to your computer or a second hard drive (fortunately, storage is cheap)
- Note: for HD video on MACs, we provide full-quality HD MPEGs instead of MOVs
MP4s – Compressed Video Format for Internet Sharing and Mobile Platform Compatibility
If your goal is to share your video footage via YouTube or email, or to store and play your videos on your mobile devices, a compressed MPEG format is what you need
- MP4s are a compressed file format, quickly becoming the standard for internet usage, mobile platforms and streaming
- MP4s provide good quality video in a small package (~0. 75GBs per 2 hours of footage), making them the best file format for moving over the internet and storing where storage is limited
- However, because MPEGS are so compressed, they are not recommended for editing or archiving
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