Video conversion Fundamentals

September 13, 2013

Requirements: VLC Media Player & IDM
TOPIC LEVEL: Advance***

Most of the time we find

I want to add something about the fundamentals of video conversion.

In my line of work, I do a lot of conversion at the same time browsing and learning from all the IT stuffs here in the net. And I want to share some here in this tutorial.

Most of those times that I browsing the net, I was in youtube. Youtube is a very very powerful sites to learn a lot from the basics to the advance tutorials you want to learn. That’s why, I usually download videos and save it to my hard drive and flash drives so that I can study it everytime I want to,

I use IDM (Internet Download Manager) to download this file for free and I found out that before i download the program as me, what download would you like? This question stated what type of extension would I save to your desktop.

complete explanation for video quality

This image list the types of video quality, conversion type and resolution that tells the user what file type do you want to use after you download the video file in your desktop. First of them, the FLV.

FLV (Flash Video)

flvMost commonly, the type of extension supported by all video players in the net is FLV (stands for Flash Video). Ok I can download the source to FLV but the problem is, will it play immediately after I download it! The answer is NO of course. No, because, it will depend if you have a video player in your desktop the supports FLV. The net can plays FLV because most in the net supports all flash videos regardless of conversion. But pc has limited capabilities. It will depends on the installed programs if it will work or not.

I have my windows Media Player but sadly, it did’nt support that extension. So I search to look for the best and well known video player that can run a FLV file. Take note, that if the player can run FLV file, you dont need to convert before you can view it. Unless you need to convert it for other purpose like for transferring to CD and mobile or gadget usage.

Until I found out, VLC Player that can view, convert and play almost any video and audio program with a few tweaks included also. When in FLV mode, it also reduce file size, than converted to PC mode such as Mp4, HD extensions and AVI.

MP4 (MPEG 4)



Second to that download list from Youtube is the so called  MP4 or MPEG 4. Actually is kind of format is amazing. Because when you say MP4, it tells you of two things. It’s either a mobile version or a pc version. MP4 in mobile version has a common resolution of 320 x 240px while MP4 in pc/tv mode can be 640x480px. Remember that conversion takes place when you want to view the selected video in a particular device most commonly mobile devices. In order to do so, you need to change its resolution or the video size and screen to fit in your device.

Take note that each mobile device has its own resolution. Recommendation of the given resolution of 320 x 240px is not a standard for all mp4-mobile files. All mobile devices support different resolution. But all mobile devices will support either a MP4 or 3GP format only. Regardless of choice, compatibility issues will be fixed once you found out the right mobile device with the right resolution and right conversion.

3GP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)

3GP FileFor more info about 3GP, proceed to this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3GP_and_3G2.

Ok! Like what you notice to MP4, 3GP is the last option. Unlike for MP4. 3GP before made for mobile only. But nowadays, there are devices that supports a 3GP video format in HD. 3GP apps usually apple based videos. Because of its manufacturer, Microsoft (which is their close rival) aim to not recognize the file until it has been converted to Microsoft formats (such us MP4 & AVI).  Therefore, if you want to recognize your videos written in 3GP format, you need to convert it first before you can browse its content. Unless you will get an error about compatibility issues of Apple files to Windows environment.


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