Today, video can take a number of forms. Although you do not necessarily need to know the technical requirements, such as exact file types, of your final project in the beginning it is useful to plan for the final format. For example, a project aimed at creating a video to be streamed over the Internet or viewed on portable media devices needs to shot and edited differently than something that will projected onto a huge screen at a large convention. If you are not sure what your final format, it is still possible to proceed.
PORTABLE Projects created for mobile phones, MP3 players and embedding on websites. They are often viewed on smaller screens and need to be heavily compressed (translated into relatively small files).
WEB BASED These videos are meant for embedding on websites or streaming over the Internet. They are less compressed than portable projects and are often viewed on larger screens. Still, they tend to be shorter in length and generally the smaller the file the better.
VCD (Video CD) Although not a common commercial format, VCDs are extremely useful. This format uses mpeg-1 files and allows you to place up to one hour of high quality video (similar to a new commercially produced VHS tape or laserdisc) with stereo sound on a normal CD. Most DVD players and virtually every computer, even those only equipped with CD drives, can play VCDs.
DVD This is by far the most versatile and complicated format. DVDs allow you to offer multiple viewing angles, multiple soundtracks and a menu. It also provides the highest quality playback and allows you to include computer files (such as PDFs) along with your video.
BROADCAST If your project is being created for television, it must adhere to certain standards and formatting.
If you are unsure about which format you need and have questions, feel free to contact us. It is important to note that your video can be produced in multiple formats.