How to choose the best video file format to convert your videos into

Why we all convert our video files? Maybe we want to make an unsupported media to play on other platforms or to compress its size. 

But sometimes it’s really frustrating to choose the right video format to convert our videos since a huge amount of video formats are available with different features.

So how to choose the right one while converting videos?

First, you have to make sure that you are using an advanced video conversion tool on your PC. Because only a top-notch convertor can offer you need all the available options you need before proceeding to video conversion. 

There are many software available in the market to choose — free or paid or open-source. Choose the one suits that you think the best. Check the convertor you choose has access to all popular formats. Because sometimes, free and open-source video convertors limited to some features.

If you are still stuck to choose the best one, try Movavi Video Converter. This software comes with support to180 different media formats and over 200 presets for all popular devices, including the latest models of iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Sony PlayStation, and more.

Now to which format you should consider converting your video into. Most people have personal preferences but the majority don’t know the features of each popular video file format. 

Choose the best video file format according to your need:

Video file format best for social networks

If you are converting video files to upload them into the social network, then you should choose MP4, FLV, MOV or AVI as your sharing format. More clearly, for Facebook choose MOV or MP4 (with H.264 Codec & AAC audio). For Instagram and Twitter choose MP4 (with H.264 Codec & AAC Low Complexity audio). In YouTube almost all major video formats support.

Video file format best for websites

For websites, it is best to choose the converting file to be WEBM or HTML5. Because large video files may slow down an optimized website and WEBM and HTML5 formats have small sizes, making them very easy to stream.

Video file format best for smartphones

An open-source app like VLC is an ideal video player for smartphones as it supports all video file formats. So it doesn’t matter to which format you convert your videos. If you like to manage the video file size too, then it will be better if you convert videos to MP4.

Video file format best for computer or TV

Mostly, we use HD formats to play video files on PC and TV. So choose formats with the highest quality for better quality videos. For that MOV, AVI, and MKV are the best suitable video file formats.

Video file format best for burning onto a CD/DVD

To burn a video file format to a playable DVD choose file format as DV-AVI, MPEG, or DivX.

So next time choose the right video file format while converting your videos — it matters the performance and quality of the video file.

Avinash A
Avinash A
Meet Avinash, a tech editor with a Master's in Computer Science and a passion for futuristic tech, AI, and Machine Learning. Known for making complex tech easy to understand, he's a respected voice in leading tech publications and podcasts. When he's not deciphering the latest AI trends, Avinash indulges in building robots and dreaming up the next big tech breakthrough.


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