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Digital Video File Format Recommendations

This chart provides the settings that Calvin College recommends for portable digital video files on campus. "mp4" is the recommended file format because it is compatible with the highest number of computing platforms and web browsers. Most people shuld use the settings marked "Portable High Quality" or "Portable Standard Quality." The choice between these two settings comes down to quality versus file size and is largely a subjective decision for the end user. To help you make this decision, we have provided two sample files that you can download and watch.

Recommended Settings for Digital Video with Audio

Download this chart (pdf) Chart of Recommended Settings for Digital Video with Audio

Sample Files to Download

If your content contains high levels of motion and fine detail, use this setting. The disadvantage is larger file sizes.

If your content has little motion, such as still images and interview shots, this setting provides acceptable quality with significantly smaller file sizes.

High Definition

True High Definition images have an aspect ratio of 16:9 AND images of 1080 x 720 or 1920 x 1080 pixels. Many miniDV cameras and most commercial DVD movies are widescreen, which means they also have an aspect ratio of 16:9, but are not true High Definition. True High Definition DVD's should indicate they are BluRay format, and require a BluRay dvd player, or computer with software and a BluRay DVD drive.

Most portable media players do not benefit from high definition video due to the lack of resolution in their small screens. High definition also requires much higher file sizes and is not recommended for use in Knightvision.

If you have a project that requires High Definition production, contact Video Productions.

For High Definition Playback on campus, request a BluRay player from Audio Visual.


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