FILE FORMATS

The list on this page will give you a rough idea of how many different video and audio file formats are currently available. In the tables below, you can click on any file type to get more information on that particular format: its origins, file extension, and other technical aspects.
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Video Formats

Format Full Name Developed by Supported in Input i Output i
Format AVI Full Name Audio Video Interleave Developed by Microsoft Supported in Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, VLC, DivX Player Input i Output i
Format FLV Full Name Flash Video Developed by Adobe Systems (originally developed by Macromedia) Supported in Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Gallery Viewer, VLC Input i Output i
Format M4V Full Name MPEG-4 Video Developed by Apple Supported in iTunes, QuickTime Player, VLC Input i Output i
Format MKV Full Name Matroska Multimedia Developed by Matroska Supported in VLC Input i Output i
Format MOV Full Name QuickTime File Format Developed by Apple Supported in QuickTime Player, CyberLink PowerDirector, Roxio Creator Input i Output i
Format MP4 Full Name MPEG-4 Part 14 Developed by Moving Picture Experts Group Supported in iTunes, QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player, VLC, RealPlayer, etc. Input i Output i
Format MPEG Full Name Moving Picture Experts Group Developed by Moving Picture Experts Group Supported in iTunes, QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, VLC, etc. Input i Output i
Format SWF Full Name Small Web Format Developed by FutureWave Software, later taken over by Macromedia and Adobe Systems Supported in Adobe Flash Player Input i Output i
Format VOB Full Name Video Object Developed by DVD Forum Supported in Windows Media Player, VLC, PowerDVD, WinDVD, BlazeDVD Input i Output i
Format WMV Full Name Windows Media Video Developed by Microsoft Supported in Windows Media Player, VLC, RealPlayer, MPlayer, PowerDVD Input i Output i

Audio Formats

Format Full Name Developed by Supported in Input i Output i
Format AAC Full Name Advanced Audio Coding Developed by Bell, Fraunhofer, Dolby, Sony, etc. Supported in iTunes, Windows Media Player, VLC, RealPlayer, KMPlayer Input i Output i
Format FLAC Full Name Free Lossless Audio Codec Developed by Xiph.Org Foundation Supported in Windows Media Player, VLC, RealPlayer Input i Output i
Format M4A Full Name MPEG-4 Audio Developed by Apple Supported in iTunes, QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player, VLC Input i Output i
Format MP3 Full Name MPEG-1 Audio Layer III Developed by Moving Picture Experts Group Supported in iTunes, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, RealOne Input i Output i
Format OGG Full Name Ogg Vorbis Developed by Xiph.Org Foundation Supported in QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer Input i Output i
Format WAV Full Name Microsoft & IBM Developed by Moving Picture Experts Group Supported in Windows Media Player, CyberLink PowerDirector, Roxio Creator Input i Output i
Format WMA Full Name Microsoft Developed by Moving Picture Experts Group Supported in Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, VLC, RealPlayer, MPlayer, etc. Input i Output i