.mov .mp4 .wmv… When to use which file extension for your dance videos?

You shoot your rehearsals and you have always wondered what is the difference between these different video file extensions? Here are some answers!

Each format has its specificities and its uses so be careful when your choose your format for export, depending on what you want to do with your video.

1. Do you share your videos?

To share videos on streaming platforms, such as YouTube, DanceNote, Vimeo or Dailymotion, MP4, FLV and WMV formats will do the trick. They are supported by most video players and they generally take up little space on your hard drive, which will allow you to load them quickly on the platform with a quite good quality.

2. Do you make videos in high definition?

For a video that will be watched in HD, it is better to choose formats like MOV, AVI or MKV. It will ensure your images are in good quality, but be careful: they can very quickly take up a lot of space on your hard drive. And they will not necessarily be read on all video players! If you burn your videos to DVDs, you can use formats like MPEG2 or VOB, which support the best image quality.

3. Do you embed your videos directly on your website?

You can use a platform like YouTube or Vimeo to integrate your videos, or add them in “native”, that is to say directly in your site. Then, it is better to go to video formats like HTML5 and WEBM formats. They are supported by most browsers and very light, which will allow the visitor of your site not to have to wait very long!

But beware the quality and size of the video does not depend only on your format so think carefully about using your video! And this, as soon as you shoot: you can adjust the quality of your videos (1080p, 720p, 480p …) on most cameras or smartphones. Is it not always necessary to shoot in HD, or in 4K a rehearsal video that will be obsolete from the next rehearsal. Take a few moments to think about it, it will save you a lot of time of video export, upload on internet!


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