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Media Formats – Streaming and Downloading

We offer multiple formats and bit rates to best suit your operating system, media player, and bandwidth requirements.  The information below will help you choose the best format for your specific needs, whether streaming or downloading videos.

Please note that enabled formats are dependent on the account’s settings, and may not be available.

 

Streaming

H.264 300 kbps

This is a widely accepted format by many operating system and media players.  This is the preferred format for streaming videos on PCs, Macs, Android devices and iPads (iOS devices).  It provides higher video and audio quality while streaming at a smaller bit rate. Closed captioning is available and customizable with this format.

Flash 400 kbps

Flash is a good option for streaming videos on PCs and Interactive Whiteboards. Generally, Apple devices do not support Flash videos. Closed captioning is available and customizable with this format.

Windows 256 and 700 kbps

This format is a good option for PC users that can stream videos using a Windows Media Player plug-in for their browser. The 700 KB/s option is a higher resolution format, although that means that it is a larger file and will consume more bandwidth.  If your network has limited bandwidth, then you will want to choose the 256 KB/s option. Closed captioning is available with this format

Quicktime 256 kbps

Quicktime is a format that can play natively on Macs.  Though this is a good option for Mac users, the H.264 format will give you a more options such as Full Screen and Closed Captioning.


Downloading

 

H.264 300 kbps

Downloading H.264 is recommended for Mac and Windows 7 users.  If you are using an older version of Windows then you may need to install additional codecs for Windows Media Player to play the file.

Flash 400 kbps

Flash is usually downloaded for use with Interactive Whiteboards.  You may need to install addition codecs to play a Flash file with Quicktime or Windows Media Player.

Windows 256 and 700 kbps

Windows files will download as either an .asf or .wmv format, which should play natively with Windows Media Player.  One minute of video at 256 KB/s will take up about 1.8 megabytes (MB) of storage space. The 700 KB/s option will be a larger file and take up more space on your hard drive.  

Quicktime 256 kbps

Quicktime is a format that can play natively on Macs.  Though this is a good option for Mac users, the H.264 format will also play using Quicktime and provide you with better video and audio quality, as well as closed captioning options.


Local Host High Resolution Formats

The High Resolution files are available for customers that are hosting the video library on a local server.  To inquire about hosting content locally, contact your Account Representative.

H.264 2000 kbps

This is the highest quality format available.  This is the preferred format for streaming videos on PCs, Macs, Android devices and iPads (iOS devices).  

Windows 1000 kbps

This is the highest quality format available in a Windows Media format.  This is used for PC users that wish to stream using the Windows Media Player plug-in for their browser, or download for use with Windows Media Player.