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4 Most Popular Video Formats On The Internet

4 Most Popular Video Formats On The Internet
Sophie S.

Videos are plenty on the internet and it has become one of the most popular sources of entertainment for the surfers. Movies, musical videos, sports and other genres are watched by millions on their computers, laptops and tablets and the huge success of video websites like YouTube is noticeable by everyone. Thus, this article takes a look at the six most popular and viewed video formats among the users.

4 Most Popular Video Formats On The Internet

1. MPEG

MPEG stands for Moving Picture Expert Group that is a compression standard specially created for moving images. In this data is compressed into small bits that are easy to transmit and are then decompressed.  At present, MPEG has three types of compressions standards: MPEG-2, MPEG-1, and MPEG-4. Apart from these MPEG-21 and MPEG-7 are also being developed.

2. AVI

AVI stands for Audio Video Interleaved and is a highly familiar format among people. It is densely used in day to day lives and the video quality offered by it is of superior quality. This was developed in the year 1992 by Microsoft Corporation with the Windows3.1. This has been named as Audio Video Interleaved as this type of a file interleaves the auto data and video and plays them together. On the other hand, to get more clarity in terms of sound and video quality, the file sizes are often very large. AVI files can also be compressed but they might require a proper codec in order to play them later on.

3. RM

This is a type of video format that has been developed by the Real Networks Corporation and is specifically for stream media. It includes RealFlash, RealVideo and RealAudio. Real Media uses various compression rates that are in accordance with the bandwidth. RealVideo transmits video data and apart from playing just a normal video file, it may also be utilized with the RealServer. The prime attraction with this is the ability of the user to view the video file when it is being downloaded unlike others wherein first the files have to be downloaded and only then can they be viewed.

4. DivX

The DivX video format is developed by DivX Inc. It is new and gaining popularity at a very rapid pace. This particular video format is based on a new compression technology that makes it possible for users to play superior quality videos in a very convenient and fast way. It has a distinctive advantage over DVD’s by having the same image and video quality at just one tenth size of the file. This one is considered the best for movie downloads and therefore, is highly popular and known among movie fans.

These four are the most common video formats available for downloads and most of the videos online can be found in any of these four formats. Conversion among them as well as to other audio and image formats are also no more impossible. Although YouTube is the biggest supplier of videos on the web, it always has an option to convert YouTube to mp3 online. This along with a few more possibilities makes video to audio and audio to video conversion a reality.

Thus, these four can be considered as the most common types in terms of video types and most of them can also be viewed on mobiles and tablets as well. Video formats are becoming universal and is continuously evolving for better.