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File Format
Name Video




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.

See also Graphics: Animated image formats.

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)

Metadata formats

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

Subtitle formats

  • 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)
  • Matroska subtitles
  • OGT (Philips Overlay Graphics Text)
  • SMI (SAMI subtitle format)
  • SRT (SubRip)
  • SSA and ASS (SubStation Alpha)
  • SSF (subtitles) (Structured Subtitle Format)
  • STL (Spruce Subtitle Format)
  • SUP (HD-DVD subtitle format)
  • USF (subtitles) (Universal Subtitle Format)
  • VobSub subtitle format (.sub, .idx)
  • XSUB (XSUB subtitle format)

Video Developer/Editor files

Video streaming services

Television broadcast formats

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

Unknown, or "It's Complicated"

These formats might eventually get sorted into the above categories, or might not quite fit in any of them.


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