3 Popular and Important Video Formats You Need to Know

3 Popular and Important Video Formats You Need to Know

Although there are lots of video formats out there, there are some that are more important and popular than others – and for good reason. Knowing these formats is a good place to start, as in most cases you’ll end up having to use them.

It should be noted that the popularity and importance of video formats can wax and wane. That being said as things currently stand there are three that are especially noteworthy:

  • MP4 with H.264

Right now MP4 with H.264 is the most popular format – by far. It dominates online videos and is widely used as a delivery format in other areas due to the fact that it is supported by most devices and platforms.

At one time the compression that H.264 codec provided was the best there was, but there are newer codecs with better compression nowadays. Eventually it is likely to be replaced by one of those codecs, but for now it remains the safe option for videos.

  • HEVC (H.265)

As you can guess from its name, H.265 is the successor to H.264 and is designed to handle 4K and other modern video standards more capably. It has much better compression, and can reduce the file size of H.264 videos by up to 50% while retaining their quality.

It was expected that HEVC would supplant H.264 at some point or other, but its adoption has been stalled by licensing and royalty issues. It is now facing a challenge from other new formats as well, such as the newly released AV1.

For now HEVC is still useful however, as it is compatible on most new devices and has very good compression.

  • MPEG-2

Despite being practically ancient at this point, MPEG-2 remains a popular format due to its use to encode video DVDs. The majority of DVD players will only play video DVDs in MPEG-2, and newer players that support other formats are few and far between.

Still MPEG-2 is definitely waning in popularity as DVD usage has dropped sharply over the years. It is still relevant for now, however it may not be for that much longer.

Now that you know how each of these formats are used, you could take advantage of them. For example if you convert a video using Movavi Video Converter for Mac you can decide whether you want it to be widely compatible, more compressed, or encoded for video DVDs.

In fact it is safe to say that between the three formats that are listed you should be able to cover most of your bases. That said eventually other formats may rise in popularity to replace some of the formats on the list – so be sure that you keep tabs on what’s going on.

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