Description and Free Downloads of Video Formats
Blue Sky Stock Footage offers clips in multiple video formats for immediate download in professional video formats to edit with right away. We describe and offer you sample clips of each video format offered to allow you to evaluate and test them to match your production needs and editing system.
The video format you choose will depend on whether a project is high definition, standard definition or for the web among other factors. We offer the largest selection of multiple formats for productions, however if you need an alternative format we can easily make it for you in house our at our labs. Additionally, we can easily provide tape formats and film elements.
Below, read about our video formats offered and download to evaluate and test them on your own editing system. This will give you the tools to choose the right codec for your production. The sample clips below are sourced from an 8-bit uncompressed QuickTime clip encoded in the following multiple video codecs formats:
- 8-bit Uncompressed 4:2:2 QuickTime
- Apple ProRes HQ QuickTime
- H264 QuickTime
- DVCProHD QuickTime
- HD PhotoJpeg QuickTime
- DV-NTSC and PAL QuickTime
- Windows Media Video
8-bit Uncompressed 4:2:2 QuickTime
8-bit Uncompressed QuickTime is a 4:2:2 uncompressed codec used for high-end NLE systems use to produce the best possible video quality available in the standard 4:2:2 color space world of video. 8 bit Uncompressed QuickTime can be color corrected and video effects placed on it and rendered and great video quality will remain. To utilize this video codec a user needs an editing sytem to support the high quality of this video format and fast hard disk arrays to support their high data throughputs.
Apple ProRes HQ QuickTime
Apple ProRes HQ features HD quality that is indistinguishable from the original, even after many generations of re-encoding. Apple ProRes provides excellent preservation of source quality at an economical bit rate for the most demanding, complex material with no visible artifacts. Apple ProRes retains higher quality requires much less expensive disk systems compared to uncompressed video.
H.264, delivers stunning quality at remarkably low data rates. Ratified as part of the MPEG-4 standard (MPEG-4 Part 10), this ultra-efficient technology gives you excellent results across a broad range of bandwidths, from 3G for mobile devices to iChat AV for video conferencing to HD for broadcast and DVD.
Same file size as DV50. If you're performing mostly cuts-only with minimal dissolves and effects, then stay in the DVCPRO domain with lossless transfers via FireWire. Overall, this is a fantastic direction for the low-cost answer to HD production.
HD PhotoJpeg QuickTime
PhotoJPEG at its highest 100% quality setting is actually a 4:4:4 codec. This codec truly can pass for an online codec with no problem. PhotoJpeg codec is free to any QuickTime user, and can be used on any platform. This codec can't include an alpha channel like most other 4:4:4 codecs can, but the quality is just about as good and is more than half the file size space. This is also the same standard codec that is used in the AJA Kona SD and Blackmagic Design DeckLink systems for its offline/online compressed format scheme.
DV-NTSC and PAL QuickTime
The most widely used format since BetaCam SP. DV is 5:1 compressed no matter what, hence the compression artifacts. White Count value is average to some of the 4:2:2 Uncompressed codecs. DV codec can produce about 3.5 megs per second, easy to work with. All video is 4:2:2, so an image like this will look better on your video monitor. DV QuickTime what we offer, has much better quality than older versions of DV.
Windows Media Video
Windows Media Video (WMV) is a compressed video file format for several proprietary codecs developed by Microsoft. The original codec, known as WMV, was originally designed for Internet streaming applications, as a competitor to RealVideo. The other codecs, such as WMV Screen and WMV Image, cater for specialized content. Through standardization from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), WMV 9 has gained adoption for physical-delivery formats such as HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) is a multimedia platform originally acquired by Macromedia and currently developed and distributed by Adobe Systems. Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, and various web page Flash components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications. .flv files are Flash video files, as created by Adobe Flash, ffmpeg, Sorenson Squeeze, or On2 Flix.