Video Formats

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2014 03:24PM PDT
You can encode video in many formats in Sorenson Squeeze. The format you choose affect many things such as the available quality of your video, the possible file sizes for typical quality, and the compatibility to play back on a specific device or software.

The output video formats available in Sorenson Squeeze are listed below:

Adobe Flash Video (FLV and SWF)
Flash video is primarily used for playback on a website. The file containing audio and video is either a FLV or MP4 file (see MP4 below). Flash can also be linked to a SWF file which basically is the video player you see on a website that plays the FLV or MP4 file.
Matroska (MKV)
Matroska is a open (non-proprietary) format. The MKV files created in Squeeze use the VP8 (WebM) codec by Google and can also contain a Vorbis (OGG) audio stream.
MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 (MPG and M2V)
MPEG files are an older but still popular digital video format used in Video CDs, DVDS and Blu-ray discs. Squeeze has added ability to burn your video directly to a DVD by using one of the DVD “burn” presets.
MPEG-4 (MP4)
A newer and more advanced video compression format used for mobile devices and internet videos. MP4 files use the highly popular H.264 codec which can create very high quality video with small file sizes. The “F9” presets can be used in Flash 9.2 and higher and use the H.264 codec along with the aac audio codec.
QuickTime (MOV)
A very popular and versatile file format, Apple’s MOV movie format is best for playback on a desktop computer and can contain a large variety of codecs, including the high quality H.264 codec.
QuickTime Exporter (various)
Introduced in Squeeze 6, now standard across all Squeeze versions, is the ability to use QuickTime exporter plug-ins to export a variety of video file types such as AVI, DV, and (on the Mac) WMV. Also supported include:
Apple Intermediate
JPEG 2000
Motion JPEG A
Motion JPEG B
ProRes 422
ProRes 4444
Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2
Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2
WebM is designed by Google to be a royalty-free and open formate. It is a part of the proposed HTML 5 video standards and is supported in Firefox 4, Chrome, and Internet Explorer 9 (with plug-in). WebM is based on Matroska (see above) containing a VP8 (WebM) video codec and also a Vorbis (OGG) audio stream.
Windows Media Video (WMV and VC-1)
Windows Media Video is Microsoft’s video format primarily used for web content. A variation of the WM9 codec called “VC-1” is used for Blu-ray discs and has a similar compression ratio to the H.264 codec. NOTE: WMV options on the Mac version of Squeeze are limited to the VC-1 codec unless you have the Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro HD QuickTime plug-in.
Note: The quality of your original video file greatly affects the final quality of your output. In general, increasing the quality of a low-resolution video during the encoding process will not improve the final product.
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