A guide to GoPro video formats.
Discover different types of video formats for your live-action projects.
Because video files can be large, programs called codecs were created to make them easier to store and share. These extensions encode data and compress it, then later decode the data in order for users to edit or view the file.
The files are basically wrapped in “containers” called file extensions. The type of file extension you choose for any video project will depend on your desired balance between quality and seamlessness.
What are the different video formats?
Before you decide on the best video format for your project, here are a few popular formats you should know something about:
- FLV, F4v, and SWF
- WEBM or HTML5
The top video file formats all offer something different, designed for varying purposes and platforms.
What are the best GoPro video formats?
Typically, GoPro cameras record video in two types of formats:
- MP4 — This is the most common type of video file format. It is Apple’s preferred format (for iPhones) but can play on most other devices as well. It works well for videos that are going to be posted on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- HEVC — Short for “high-efficiency video coding,” HEVC offers high picture quality but with better compression than similar formats like AVC. It’s the right choice for content creators who want to produce 4K and Ultra HD videos.
Both formats offer unique benefits and downsides, but one important point to remember is that you’ll want to convert it first in order to use your preferred video editing program. Then you can edit and format your clips properly for any platform.
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