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Introduction to Media Formats

Since there are many operating systems(such as Windows, Mac) and media players(such as WMP, QuickTime, RealPlayer) out there, it is unevitible fact that there are different types of media formats which are used to record and play audio and video-based content.

Here we list mostly used ones along with short descriptions to make you familiar with them. Keep in mind that if you have proper codecs installed on your computer, you can play all these types of files via Ziepod+.

.WMV (Windows Media Video Format)

Windows-based video format which includes both video and audio content. You can use Ziepod+ to play these files since they can be played with Windows Media Player(WMP).

.MPG/.MPEG (MPEG-1 Video Format)

Windows-based video format. Files that use .mpg or .mpeg extensions are typically MPEG-1 system streams that contain MPEG-1-encoded video and MPEG-1 Layer II (MP2)-encoded audio.

In some cases, MPEG-2 encoded video files can also use the .mpg and .mpeg extensions. Since Windows operating systems provide only an MPEG-1 video decoder, by default WMP cannot play MPEG-2 encoded video files without an additional MPEG-2 video decoder (also known as a DVD decoder pack) installed.

As long as you can play these types of files with WMP, you can also use Ziepod+.

.ASF (Advanced Stream Format, Windows Media)

ASF structured file that contains audio and/or video content compressed with 3rd party codecs.

If appropriate codecs are installed on your computer, you can play audio content, video content, or both which is compressed with a wide variety of codecs and stored in an .asf file.

As long as you can play this type of files with WMP, you can also use Ziepod+.

.ASX (Advanced Stream Redirector, Windows Media Metafile)

Metafile which points to an ASF structured file (.ASF) You can play these files via WMP and Ziepod+. When you play this type of files via Ziepod+, it first extracts that pointed media file and then plays. Hence it may take one or two extra seconds before starting to play actual media file.

.AVI (Audio Video Interleave)

Windows-based video format. You can use WMP and Ziepod+ to play this type of files.

.MOV (Quick Time Movie File Format)

This media format is used for video and animation based content which requires QuickTime player. For default windows-based machines, you can only play these files via QuickTime player installed on your computer.

Nevertheless, by using specific codec, you can configure your WMP so that it can play these file types. Installing that codec will also make Ziepod+ play these files.

.MP4, .MP4V, .M4V (MPEG-4 Media Format)

MPEG-4 is designed to deliver DVD-quality video (MPEG-2) at lower data rates and smaller file sizes. MP4 is the official extension, while other two correspond to raw MPEG-4 video streams, that is without audio or any other addtional content but video.

.M4A (MPEG-4 Audio-only Format)

M4A is used by Apple iTunes for storing audio only content. Different file extension helps distinguish audio and video only content.

.RA, .RM, .RAM, .RMM, .RMX, .RMJ, .RMS (RealAudio & RealMedia Formats)

These types of files are specific to RealPlayer. For default windows-based machines, you can only play these files via RealPlayer installed on your computer. Keep in mind that even though you are unable to play these files via Ziepod+ at the moment, you can still aggregate these files and use 'Play(ext)' function to play them via RealPlayer installed on your computer.

Given descriptions above are very short ones considering the concepts behind them and additional information related to them. To learn more about media formats, check out following web pages.

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