What You Need to Know About Video Files

  • Ryan Vachon


At the foundations of every digitally produced film are video files. These are the files that result from pressing record on your camera or export on your video editing program. Not all video files are created equally. Some are higher resolution, meaning viewers will see more detail when played. Others use fewer images per second, which result in smaller video files. Additionally, video files can be compressed (simplified to save data space). While it is impossible to add resolution to an original video file, it is easy to convert them into files with less detail. The option to reduce file size can expand your choices of avenues to broadcast a film. Oppositely, using the highest quality footage will give viewers the best screening experience - if the venue can play it without a hitch. Knowing the qualities of video files is critical as you step into making your own movies.

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan Vachon
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Arctic and Alpine ResearchUniversity of Colorado, Boulder Earth InnitiativesBoulderUSA

Personalised recommendations