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Chapter 20. Video on the Web > Video File Formats

20.4. Video File Formats

As for still images, there is a wide variety of formats for video material; however, not all of them are appropriate for the Web. This section looks at the three primary video file formats used for web distribution: .mov, .avi, and .mpg.

20.4.1. QuickTime Movie (.mov)

QuickTime, a system extension that makes it possible to view audio/video information on a computer, was introduced by Apple Computer in 1991. Although developed for the Macintosh, it is also supported on PCs via QuickTime for Windows. QuickTime 3.0 allows Windows users to both view and create QuickTime movies. In the last seven years, QuickTime has grown to be the industry standard for multimedia development, and most hardware and software offer QuickTime support.


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