Expert Opinion: What is the difference between an MPEG4 & an AVI or MOV File?

by / Thursday, 09 January 2014 / Published in Blog, Entertainment, Latest posts, Lifestyle, News & Accolades, Tech

What is the difference between an MPEG4 & an AVI or MOV File?: At Memories to Digital our team is trained to be experts in everything involved in the digitization process. Here is our insight on the difference between AVI or MOV files and MPEG4 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

MPEG4s – 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

  • MPEG4s are a compressed file format, quickly becoming the standard for internet usage, mobile platforms and streaming
  • MPEG4s 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

 

What is the difference between an MPEG4 & an AVI or MOV File?: At Memories to Digital our team is trained to be experts in everything involved in the digitization process.

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