The Flash Video format is a video format defined by Adobe Systems. Flash Video has been accepted as the default online video format by many sites. Notable users of it include YouTube, Hulu, VEVO, Yahoo! Video, metacafe, Reuters.com, and many other news providers. Flash Video is viewable on most operating systems except iOS, via the Adobe Flash Player and web browser plugin or one of several third-party programs.
This flash video format is defined by the Adobe systems. There are multiple users of the flash video format such as YouTube, Hulu, VEVO, Yahoo! and many others as well. One can access the flash video on various operating systems by enabling the Adobe Flash Player along with web browser plugin or on other third-party programs except for iOS.
Flash Video FLV files contain video bit streams which are a proprietary variant of the H.263 video standard, under the name of Sorenson Spark (FourCC FLV1). Sorenson Spark is an older codec for FLV files but it is also a widely available and compatible one, because it was the first video codec supported in Flash Player. The Flash Video FLV file format supports two versions of a so called 'screenshare' (Screen video) codec which is an encoding format designed for screencasts. Both these formats are bitmap tile based, can be lossy by reducing color depths and are compressed using zlib. The second version is only playable in Flash Player 8 and newer - Audio in Flash Video files is usually encoded as MP3. However, audio in Flash Video FLV files recorded from the user's microphone use the proprietary Nellymoser Asao Codec. FLV files also support uncompressed audio or ADPCM format audio.
FLV files use the H.263 standard under the Sorenson Spark (FourCCFLV1) codec and there are various reasons for it such as;
These are the first codec files which are supported by Flash Player.
The heavy usage throughout other versions being able to support this very codec
The audio can be recorded over the video using a microphone and Nellymoser Asao codec. By using the bitmap tile and lossy compression while taking care of the reducing color depth the screenshare is possible. But the basic difference is that the screenschare done by the 2nd way is only compatible with Flash Player 8.
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MP4 files (MPEG-4 Part 14) are multimedia files. MP4 is a container format that can store video, audio and subtitle data (as well as more depending on content). Since stores like iTunes uses this container format, and it is used with iPod and PlayStation Portable (PSP), MP4 files have become more common.
The MP4 files (MPEG-4) are the multimedia files which are used with multiple stations and video players simultaneously, they can store video, audio and other suitable amounts of data subtitle even. MP4 file format is an extremely common file format due to its very own container format and it is also used with multiple platforms such as iTunes, PlayStation, and portable PSP as well.
MPEG-4 Part 14 or MP4, formally ISO/IEC 14496-14:2003, is a multimedia container format standard specified as a part of MPEG-4. It is most commonly used to store digital video and digital audio streams, especially those defined by MPEG, but can also be used to store other data such as subtitles and still images. Like most modern container formats, MPEG-4 Part 14 allows streaming over the Internet. A separate hint track is used to include streaming information in the file. The only official filename extension for MPEG-4 Part 14 files is .mp4.
The technical details of MP4 files differ in great aspect and are unique as well, first released in 2001 under ISO/IEX 14496-1:2001 standards, it uses an AAC encoding to wear off unauthorized users from copying the data. The main purpose is the streaming rather than sending video or audio information. MP4 files can be used to store additional data such as text information, subtitles and still images while MPEG format cant do this, anyhow the processing of data into MPEG-4 part 14 requires the use of private streams such as the use of hint tracks to include the information.
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