What is Multimedia?
|MP4 is a new video format introduced by the Internet.|
YouTube recommends using MP4.
Flash Players support MP4
HTML5 supports MP4.
|AVI||.avi||The AVI (Audio Video Interleave) format was developed by Microsoft. All computers running Windows support the AVI format. It is a very common format on the Internet, but it is not always able to be played on non-Windows computers.|
|WMV||.wmv||The Windows Media format was developed by Microsoft. Windows Media is very common on the Internet, but if you do not install additional (free) components, you cannot play Windows Media movies. Some late Windows Media movies cannot be played on all non-Windows computers because there is no suitable player.|
|MPEG||The MPEG (Moving Pictures Expert Group) format is the most popular format on the Internet. It is cross-platform and is supported by all the most popular browsers.|
|QuickTime||.mov||The QuickTime format was developed by Apple. QuickTime is a common format on the Internet, but QuickTime movies cannot be played on Windows computers without additional (free) components installed.|
|RealVideo||The RealVideo format was developed by Real Media for the Internet. This format allows video streaming under low bandwidth conditions (online video, Internet TV). Since low bandwidth is prioritized, the quality often decreases.|
|Flash||The Flash (Shockwave) format was developed by Macromedia. The Shockwave format requires additional components to play. But this component will be pre-installed on browsers such as Firefox or IE.|
|Mpeg-4||.mp4||Mpeg-4 (with H.264 video compression) is a new format for the Internet. In fact, YouTube recommends MP4. YouTube accepts multiple formats and then converts them all to .flv or .mp4 for distribution. More and more video publishers are turning to MP4 as an Internet sharing format for Flash players and HTML5.|
|The latest HTML5 standard only supports MP4, WebM, and Ogg video formats.|
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a format for electronic music equipment (such as synthesizers and sound cards). MIDI files do not contain sound, but contain digital music instructions that can be played by electronic products (such as sound cards).
Because the MIDI format only contains commands, MIDI files are extremely small. The above example is only 23k in size, but it can be played for nearly 5 minutes. MIDI is supported by a large number of software on a wide range of platforms. Most popular web browsers support MIDI.
|RealAudio||The RealAudio format was developed by Real Media for the Internet. This format also supports video. This format allows audio streaming (online music, network music) under low bandwidth conditions. Since low bandwidth is prioritized, the quality often decreases.|
|Wave||.wav||The Wave (waveform) format was developed by IBM and Microsoft. All computers running Windows and all web browsers (except Google Chrome) support it.|
|WMA||.wma||WMA format (Windows Media Audio), the quality is better than MP3, compatible with most players, except iPod. WMA files can be transmitted as a continuous data stream, which makes it very useful for Internet radio or online music.|
|MP3||MP3 files are actually the sound part of MPEG files. The MPEG format was originally developed by the Motion Picture Experts Group. MP3 is the most popular sound format for music. Expect future software systems to support it.|
|The latest HTML5 standard supports MP3, WAV, and Ogg audio formats.|