SUPPORTED VIDEO FILES for DIGITAL FRAMES

Standard Video Files

Standard files that can be found in multi-media digital frames are .avi (Audio Video Interleave) and MPEG I, II, and IV as well as MP4. Be aware that not all of these, especially .avi and MP4 files may be readable by the frame you choose.

It is most important to keep in mind that the lower the resolution of the video files, the better the playback on the digital photo frame will be. If the resolution is too high, the sound will be broken up during playback or the sound will be out of phase with the video.

Other Video Formats

Some of the other supported formats available with some digital photo frames are:

    .asf-Advanced Systems Format
    .asx-Advanced Stream Redirector
    .mov-Apple QuickTime Movie
    .qt-Apple QuickTime Movie
    .rm-Real Media
    .swf-Macromedia Flash Movie
    .wmv-Windows Media Video

SD (Standard Definition) VS. HD (High Definition)

For our purposes here, it is sufficient to understand that High Definition technology delivers a much more sharp and clear picture than Standard Definition. These differences are most evident in the newer HD TVs of today. Since not all programs are recorded in High Definition, a purchase of an HD TV does not guarantee total HD viewing. Standard Definition will probably be around for quite a while.

AVCHD - Advanced Video Coding High Definition

The AVCHD format is used for recording (as in HD Camcorders) and playback (as in some Blu-ray Discs and in some Sony Digital Photo Frames). It was jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic in 2006 to be used for HD (High Definition) camcorders. This format is now also accepted for professional usage. Panasonic and Sony have both released AVCHD professional camcorders.

This format allows for a wide range of file-based recording media choices which include hard disk drives, DVD discs and removable flash media such as Memory Stick cards and SD/SDHC memory cards. Please see Memory Card Formats on this website for more information.

Class Ratings on Secure Digital Memory Card Formats

The class rating that can be found on an SD card refers to the minimum speed (in megabytes per second) at which a card can transfer data. This would be of more concern when using a camcorder or a camera that can take movie clips.

The actual number in the class rating, such as Class 2, 4, 6 or even 10, refers to the number of megabytes per second of data transfer.

Taking high-definition video with a card with a class rating of lower than 4 could result in problems such as error messages or dropped frames and playback that is uneven.

For information on the Speed Rating of Secure Digital cards, please click here...

CAUTION--Video Files Eat Memory Fast!

Remember that these files use a large amount of memory which may mean that the amount of photos that can be placed on the memory card or internal memory of the frame may be reduced.


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