What are the video formats ?

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This article lists the video format (ie data structure used in video).



MP4 is a standard developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG);

The MPEG-4 format compress

  • video with the MPEG-4 video encoding.
  • Audio with AAC compression.

Can store data along the video such as:

  • subtitles,
  • still images


MPEG Video format is standard developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) compressed using:

  • MPEG-1 used with video compact discs (VCDs)
  • MPEG-2 compression (higher-quality used for DVDs)

If you'd like to back up videos in CD/DVD, you probably need MPEG format.


The m3u M3U file is a playlist file format used often to point to a stream on the Internet (ie a file splitted into multiple files)

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