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This guide will help you understand digital video formats and convert them to suit your needs.
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Innovative Media

Fax:  804-828-7473

James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Avenue Rm. 301
Richmond, VA 23284-2033

IM provides, to the VCU Community, cross-platform video editing stations with a wide variety of capture, edit, conversion and export options. Software includes Final Cut Express, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Unity, Autodesk Softimage, NeroVision, ProCoder, CamStudio, Format Factory and more.

Editing stations are self-service. Advanced appointments are encouraged for consultation or more detailed instruction.


Welcome to How Do I Convert Video Formats, where you'll find resources to help you understand digital video formats, and how you can convert them to suit your needs.  

Identifying your needs will be the hardest part of the process.  For example, If you intend to:

Image of Start Button   Embed your video into a Powerpoint Presentation, you would be doing yourself a favor by using a Windows Media Video (.wmv).  Here is a list of acceptable video formats for Powerpoint.
Image of Start Button   Upload your video to YouTube, your video must be under 2GB.  Here is a list of acceptable video formats for YouTube.
Image of Start Button   Archive your video, always try to stick with the native format in which the video was created. If you are capturing a live feed, choose the highest quality, least compressed format available.
Image of Start Button   Author your video to DVD, most DVD software will transcode your video to MPEG-2 (.mpg) during the burning process.
Image of Start Button   Put your video on your cell phone, you may have a number of choices depending on your mobile device. The most popular are 3GPP (.3gp) and MPEG-4 (.mp4).
Image of Start Button   Edit your video in iMovie, a Quicktime Movie Video (.mov) will work best. 


Once you know what video format you need, this Guide aims to help you get it.



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    Ken Hopson

    Operations Manager
    Innovative Media
    Phone 827.3594


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