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* [[Bink Video]] (BIK)
* [[Bink Video]] (BIK)
* [[FLIC]] (FLI/FLC; animation format used by older Autodesk products)
* [[Enhanced VOB]]
* [[Enhanced VOB]]
* [[FLIC]] (FLI/FLC; animation format used by older Autodesk products)
* [[GRASP GL]] animation format
* [[GRASP GL]] animation format
* [[RealVideo]]
* [[RealVideo]]

Revision as of 15:57, 25 May 2013

File Format
Name Video




For an excellent introduction to the issues around audio and video formats, see A Primer on Codecs for Moving Image and Sound Archives - and 10 Recommendations for Codec Selection & Management PDF version

Pure video formats

These formats are "monolithic" video formats, meaning that the file format and the encoding of the video data are tied to each other.

Video container formats

These formats are only containers for video, which can contain videos in many different encodings (or even other data like audio)

Video stream formats

These formats are raw bitstream formats commonly contained in one of the above containers (but not necessarily)

Simple animation formats

See Graphics: Animated image formats.

Metadata formats

  • SRR (reScene files)
  • SRS (reSample files)

Subtitle formats

  • SUB and IDX (VobSub subtitle format)
  • SUP (HD-DVD subtitle format)
  • SSA and ASS (SubStation Alpha)
  • SRT (SubRip)
  • SMI (SAMI subtitle format)
  • USF (subtitles) (Universal Subtitle Format)
  • SSF (subtitles) (Structured Subtitle Format)
  • CMML (Continuous Media Markup Language)
  • CVD (An SVCD subtitle format)
  • DVD (DVD subtitle format)
  • DXFP (Distribution Format Exchange Profile)
  • JACOsub (Subtitles for Amiga video)
  • Kate (Kate subtitle format)
  • OGT (Philips Overlay Graphics Text)
  • STL (Spruce Subtitle Format)
  • XSUB (XSUB subtitle format)

Video streaming services

Television broadcast formats

See Radio for more details of how such broadcasts are transmitted.


These formats still need to be sorted into the above categories

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