Choose the Best Video File Format

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What Video File Format is Best for Screencast.com Viewers?

MPEG-4 – (MP4) Highly Recommended for Screencast.com Viewers

The MPEG-4 video file format with H.264 encoding plays on any computer using the TechSmith Smart Player, which is an HTML5 video player.

  • Offers the best compression for both screen recordings and high motion videos.
  • Use to include customizable information such as logos, table of contents, custom about box, and more.
  • Most browsers currently support HTML5, including Google Chrome, Safari, Safari Mobile (iPad and iPhone), Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.

 

Adobe Flash (FLV) – OK for Screencast.com Viewers

The Adobe Flash (FLV) format offers good compression for both screen recordings and high motion videos, but it will not play in the TechSmith Smart Player.

  • Most people can play Flash video because Flash is pre-installed in most browsers.
  • Flash videos are not displayed in the TechSmith Smart Player.

 

GIF Animation File (GIF) – OK for Screencast.com Viewers

Use the GIF video format to publish highly compressed and lossless short clips or animations that playback in any browser on any computer platform. The GIF file format might be okay to use if:

  • You only have short clips with no real word video or high motion.
  • You do not use audio.
  • Your video is limited to 8 bit, 256 colors.
  • Viewers know that the entire file must download to their computer before it will begin to play.

 

Windows Media (WMV - Streaming Format) – Could be OK for Screencast.com Viewers

WMV, a Microsoft streaming file format, works well for longer recordings or recordings with higher motion.  WMV produces very good image quality with a small file size.

Screencast.com will detect whether the viewer has Silverlight or the Windows Media Player browser plugin installed. The preferred display option is if the viewer has Silverlight and the WMV is Silverlight compatible. If either of the following is untrue, the video will attempt to play in Windows Media Player. If the viewer does not have Silverlight or Windows Media Player, they will be prompted to install one or the other.

The WMV file format might be okay to use if:

  • You choose a codec designed for use on the Web. A variety of audio and video compressors are available, including the Windows Media Screen video codec optimized for screen recordings.
  • There are no customizations included in the video (from Camtasia Studio, for instance).
  • Viewers have the current version of Microsoft's Windows Media Player. If not, Windows Media Player (automatically) contacts Microsoft and downloads new codecs. As a result, the computer playing the video will, in most cases, require Internet connectivity.
  • You understand the bandwidth needs. If you don't set the production bandwidth high enough, during playback the video may turn out black, or blocky or the image may freeze during playback.
  • The viewer is using a browser supported by Silverlight. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers are no longer supported and will not be able to play WMVs on Screencast.com

 

QuickTime (MOV) - Could be OK for Screencast.com Viewers

The QuickTime file format, might be okay to use if:

  • You choose a codec designed for use on the Web. A variety of audio and video compressors are available.
  • Viewers have the current version of Apple QuickTime player. If not, QuickTime will automatically try to install the latest version.
  • Viewers understand that the entire file must download to their computer before it will begin to play.

 

 

Audio Video Interleave (AVI) – Do not use with Screencast.com

The AVI format is typically used as a temporary video format while editing. Due to their large file size and viewing prohibitions, AVI files are not suitable for use on Screencast.com.

 

RealMedia Streaming Media (RM) – Do not use with Screencast.com

The RealMedia file format creates video files using the standard RealVideo and RealAudio codecs. RealMedia requires your viewers to have the RealPlayer and codec installed.

 

DVD Video Objects File (VOB) – Do not use with Screencast.com

  • VOB files require your viewers to have the DVD playback software installed.
  • Due to their large file size and viewing prohibitions, VOB files are not suitable for use on Screencast.com.
  • Viewers must understand that the entire file must download to their computer before it will begin to play.

 

Camtasia for RealPlayer (RealPlayer Plug-In (CAMV) – Not supported by Screencast.com

The CAMV file format uses the Camtasia for RealPlayer Plug-In to stream video with perfect lossless quality.