How To Watch Videos On Your TV From Your Smartphone

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Remember the days when Televisions ruled the world? Okay, well according to statistics, that’s still the case. The average American person watches over 35 hours of television per week. The same can be said for people using their smartphones. More people are using their cellphones these days to watch videos, chat, play games and more than ever before.

So what if you could combined both of the things you watch and use the most into one? Well, in a way you can. Below is a guide showing you how to watch videos on your TV from your smartphone. That’s right. You can easily watch on your television all of movies you stream from your phone. Also, the games you play on your cell, you can do so on your TV and even share photos as well. The same applies if you have a tablet.

 

 

Go From The Little Screen To Big

 

Smartphones are the best. We can do so much more these days than just make phone calls (which was what they were originally intended for). From watching your favorite videos to playing some of the hottest games, our cell phones open up so many gateways to fun each day. It is no wonder so many people have a hard time putting their cell phones down. But while being able to watch videos on your tablet or cell is great, the smaller screen is not the same as our big screen Televisions. Luckily, technology has advanced so much on both smartphones and TV’s that now you can watch videos from your phone on your Television sets. There’s a few cool and easy ways to do so. Here are some of the easiest and best ways to look at your photos, games and videos from your cell on your Television.

 

You may also want to read How to copy a video file and MP3 to your mobile phone

 

Connect Via HDMI

 

Just about every tablet or smartphone now allows you to plug into your Television via an HDMI cable. This is providing that your TV is HDMI-ready. All you need to do is plug one end of the cable to your smartphone and the other to the HDMI ports found on your Television. The minute you connect them, you will be able to see and show on your TV, whatever you display on your phone. This means that those cool photos you took at the party can now be seen on your huge screen TV. Also, all the latest and hottest videos and apps you play (yes the games) can now be transferred to your big screen TV. It is like having a projector (well, actually, it is). Everything you project on your smartphone, its now visible on your TV set.

The only problem you may have is that most HDMI cables are relatively short (about 6 to 12 feet long). However, there are some available which are much longer for you to use them from a further distance. That means you can lay down on your couch and bed while you play, watch and see all the stuff from your phone on your TV.

 

Wireless Connection

 

Some people don’t really care much for wires or simply want the freedom of going wireless. In the event that you are one of those people, then you can also connect your TV to your smartphone this way. This option may be a bit more expensive since you have to purchase a separate device such as the Roku Streaming Stick, Google Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV, or the Apple TV or  to do so. But it is so much easier and better because of the freedom it allows you to have. The possibilities are endless as far as where you can play and watch your cell phone display from. By connecting any of the devices, you simply enable screen mirroring and click on the appropriate icon that pops up on your cellular phone or tablet. After that, you can easily begin to watch it all on your big screen.

 

There are also devices which let you stream all of your contents on your phone via the Wi-Fi at home. For those with an iOS device, they can use AirPlay to easily beam photos, videos and music wirelessly. (Note that you will need Apple TV to use this).

 

Get A Smart TV

 

In case you have a really new smartphone, but your Television is an older model, consider getting a smarter Television. Those TV’s which allow you to connect with tablets or cellphones are well worth it. Especially once you see just how much you can do with them combined and connected together. Be sure that the Television you purchase is DLNA-certified (Digital Living Network Alliance).

 

See also How To Use Your Cellular Phone As A Wi-Fi Hotspot

 

Nothing compares to being able to watch your photos in 1080p, big screen resolution. The same can be said for the videos and games you play on your phone and watch them on your TV. Being able to combine two of the things we use the most makes this pretty awesome!

 

 

Save Vines — Quick & Easy Tutorial

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Vines: 6 seconds that can make you laugh, cray or go “awwwh”.

In this article, we do not want to tell you how to upload videos to Vine (anyhow, here’s a tutorial on how to make your video smaller). No, today, we want to tell you how you can save a video from Vine all quick and easy. You do not need to download anything and it works for smartphones just as well as for tablets, computers or laptops!

 

Download & Save Your Vines

We don’t want to distract you with long preludes. Lets get to the how-to of downloading and saving a video from Vine. For this purpose, we will use this Vine of an adorably dancing Shiba Inu:

In the following tutorial, we will save this video on our computer.

 

Step 1

Vine

What we need for downloading this vine is the link to the video. When you open the page f the Vine, you can find it in the address bar of your computer. Copy the URL to your clipboard.

 

Step 2

Vine

Go to Online-Convert.com and choose a video converter. We suggest using the MP4-converter because it’s the most supported format.

 

Step 3

Vine

Here, simply paste the URL of the Vine into the according field and press “Convert file”. The options in the middle are optional, you don’t need them for a simple download.

 

Step 4

Vine

Watch your video. Depending on your browser, it was downloaded automatically into your download folder or you have to manually start the download.

 

And that’s it. Yes, it really is that easy to download any Vine to your computer, smartphone or tablet! All you need is:

  1. A Vine
  2. Online-Convert.com

 

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Guide On How To Easily Email a PowerPoint Presentation

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One of the most used ways for curriculum delivery by teachers of e-learning courses to students and other colleagues is via PowerPoint presentations. This step by step useful guide on how to easily email a PowerPoint presentation or an e-learning course can come in handy. Most e-learning courses and PowerPoint presentations usually contain numerous hyperlinks and loads of files. They are also very large  in size which makes it almost impossible to share because of size limit restrictions. However, if a teacher is able to email the actual files to students or even an email link, this can make it much easier to share. Below are some of the best, fastest and easiest ways to share or email your next PowerPoint presentation or e-learning course with others.

 

 

Convert It To A Video

 

One of the best and easiest ways to be able to send or share your PowerPoint or e-learning course with someone is by turning it to a video. Once that has been done, the next step is to convert that video in an MP4 file. You can also resize your video in order to change its size to a much smaller size by changing its resolution and other options. This can be easily done by using our easy to use video converter here.

 

Check out How to copy a video file and MP3 to your mobile phone

 

Send It As An Email Attachment

 

Another great and easy way to send your e-learning course or PowerPoint presentation to someone is by sending the file as an email attachment. This allows the file to be easily uploaded or shared without having to do too much to it. To perform this step simply:

 

  1. You first save your completed e-learning course or PowerPoint presentation on your computer or device.
  2. Open whatever email program you normally use.
  3. Make sure you add the names of the recipients to which you wish to send the file to.
  4. Select and click on the attach file button found on the email program. (most programs have an icon resembling a paper clip). Once there, go to the source in your computer or hard drive where the file is store. Select it and hit ok.
  5. After doing so, the file should begin to upload to the email server. The time it takes to upload will depend on the size of the file and your Internet speed.
  6. Once done, hit send and the file should be on its way.

 

 

Cloud Hosting

 

iCloud services are being used now for hundreds of different things all over the world. These cloud hosting services allow users to save space on their drives, cellular phones or other devices by storing it on another cloud server. If you upload your PowerPoint presentation or e-learning course to your cloud, you can then share it with anyone you choose to. Simply send them a link directing them to the source file. You can even share it with everyone around the world if you decide to make the file public. There is a great advantage about using a cloud hosting server. Users who do not have PowerPoint or other software usually required to view such files installed, can easily view it once you share it with them. The other benefit is that the files remain safe on your cloud server for as long as you want to.

 

 

Zip That Huge File

 

For those really large presentations, it may be necessary to turn them into smaller sizes by compressing them in order to share them with others. You can do this whenever they are too large to be sent as an attachment. You can also upload it to services like Google Drive or Dropbox. Once the file is uploaded there, you can share it with others via email link provided by them.

In order to share the compressed  PowerPoint or E-learning course zip files simply follow these steps:

 

  1. Find your hard drive icon and right click on it.
  2. Select “Send to”
  3. Select the compressed folder where the zip file is located.
  4. Once you are logged into your file hosting services , be sure to follow the proper steps to upload it. Next you will select the people whom you want to share the file with. You will get a link to share the file with others or one will be sent to them once you enter their email.
  5. When the link has been received by the others, they can simply choose to download the file or view it Online.

 

You may also want to read Best free Picture Viewers for Windows

 

We hope this guide on how to easily email a PowerPoint presentation or an e-learning course has been useful and helpful to you. These are some of the most basic and best ways to share your e-learning courses or PowerPoint presentations with others all over the world. Remember, you can always convert many different files easily here on Online Convert with into hundreds of  formats.

Why People Will Always Need Files & Conversion

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Recently, there have been some well known businessmen in the digital & Internet industry who have said files are dead. However, we, and many others believe that is not the case. For this reason, we have put together this article showing why people will always need files & conversion in their digital and Internet world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Believe The Dead Files Hype

 

For many years now, numerous technologists, commentators and websites have been predicting the death of the file hierarchy as we know it. One of these people is Fred Wilson, an American businessman, venture capitalist and frequent Blogger. Fred Wilson is also the co-founder of Union Square Ventures. This is a New York City-based venture capital firm which has numerous investments in Web 2.0 companies and others as well. Fred and others argue about the availability users now have with programs such as Google Drive, Dropbox and many other icloud based services found online these days. To them, these programs represent a new way for people to save their data or make use of their digital media. The same folks also mention the rise of Netflix, YouTube, HBOgo and Spotify as the new reason why files will be obsolete soon.  However, we beg to differ on the strength of the vast rise in electronic devices which greatly need file conversion tools and software alone. There are also the many computers, laptops and other apparatus who need files and conversion to function properly.

 

Check out how to easily Convert Your Blog Article To PDF For A Greater Reach

 

Why Files Are Not Dead?

 

Imagine recording a video with either your cellular phone, tablet or any other device. These videos are normally recorded in MOV format (iPhone, iPad) or 3gp or mp4 on Android devices. Other cameras such as Canon, Panasonic or numerous different brands record on different formats. The one thing that remains the same however, is the huge size which these files end up being saved once they are recorded. Now imagine trying to upload or share the same video with someone? It will not only take a really long time to do so, but also the person receiving it will have to spend a long time downloading it as well. Furthermore, the other recipient may not even be able to play the video on his or her device if they are not compatible. One prime example would be an Android user sending a video to a person who uses an iPhone.  Also, Websites like Facebook and other social media favorites have a limit on the size of the videos users can upload to their sites. For these reasons alone we would always need file conversion.

Of course we would still have to go over other file formats and their need for conversion as well. Ebooks, audio, documents and images files require us to consider about them as well. How can you listen to audio files on one device if it’s not in the format your current device only allows? From MP3, MP4, WAV, OPUS, OGG, AAC, and many others audio formats, the choices and reasons for conversion are too numerous to count.

 

You may also want to read Are You Converting Your Audio Files? Learn The Difference Between Lossy and Lossless

 

 

Thank Goodness For File Conversion Websites
So now that we have imagined what it would be like not being able to easily convert your files, no matter what format it is, we are thankful that we can. Sites like Online Convert offer all kinds of easy to use conversion tools for free. This means that you can easily change that video’s size you recorded or even the resolution and other criteria. You can also use our Hash conversion tools for more security and the image converter tool to share your photos. In either case, no matter what you hear, files are here to stay; and so are sites like Online Convert.

How To Convert Video Files to MKV Easily and Free

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Videos are everywhere you look these days. One the reasons behind this is the recent increase in usage of cellular phones and other devices which can record. Still, there are some video formats which come with restrictions and cannot be played, shared or watched on certain devices. For this reason we will show you how to convert video files to MKV easily and for free in a few steps.

 

What Is MKV Format?

MKV files are also known as video files in Matroska format. Since the MKV file format is so flexible, easy to use and open standard, it has become the preferred file extension for high definition video Online. MKV files are not a video compression or an audio format. They are files which are actually multimedia container formats that can incorporate video, audio and subtitles into an individual file.

The word Matroska is Russian in origin referring to the famous Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls. However, the word is now synonymous with MKV as this is what most people immediately associate it with. Matroska is just like MP4 or AVI formats which are also open multimedia free formats. They are not covered by patents or restrictive licenses and financial hurdles. This is why many videos are not able to play in certain computers or devices due to restrictions. Once a file has been converted to MKV, it is enabled to carry similar kinds of multi-stream content such as Blu-ray or DVD discs. For that reason, among others, MKV is such a popular format to convert your files to.

 

Just in case you are interested, find out How to Convert Video for Android Phones

 

How To Convert To MKV?

We have already established why converting to MKV format is a great option. Unfortunately, there are many users out there who think that in order to convert their video files to MKV, they have to buy expensive software or download a program to do so. That is not the case. You can convert all of your videos or any other types of files easily and for free right here on Online Convert. Best of all, you do not need to download or purchase any software or program whatsoever to do so. For anyone looking to convert their videos to the MKV extension, here are some easy steps to follow.

 

  1. First step is to go to our Free Online File Converter page here and then choose our Video Converter tool. (See Image 1)

Convert Video Files To MKV For Free and Easily

 

  1. From the video converter tool, choose the file format you want to convert to (MKV) and then click on the “Choose File” button and upload the video you want to have converted. You can also enter an URL to the file you want to convert as well. (See Image 2)

How to convert to MKV file format easily

 

  1. For those looking for more options such as changing the screen size, frame rate and so on, the options are visible right under the “Choose File” button. With these options you are able to make other adjustments to your video before it is finally converted.

 

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Once the video or URL has been entered, you simply hit the “Convert File” button and wait until your file is converted. Depending on your connection speed and the size of the video, your file should be converted quickly and easily.

Keep in mind that there are also numerous other file formats to which you can also easily convert your video, images or any other files you may have as well on Online Convert.

How Cell Phones Changed The Camera Industry

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Technology continues to change the way we live and how we use everyday things in our lives. How we take photographs of each other is no different. It is interesting to find out how cell phones have changed the camera industry and our lives as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birth of The Digital Camera

 

It used to be that for most of us to take a photograph of someone at a party or in any normal setting, we would have to use one of the point and shoot cameras available to us back then. In fact, it was only two decades or so ago when most of us had to take photographs with cameras and then wait until we had them developed to see them. Although the digital camera was first invented in 1975, it wasn’t until a decade later that it began to become popular and affordable. In the early 2000’s though, the digital cameras came on the scene and soon replaced film cameras.  The ability for most of us to be able to see the photos right away was pretty amazing. People used their own printers or the Internet to be able to print photographs or send them to others instantly.

 

Check out this helpful article on How To Open Camera Raw Images

 

 

Cellular Phones Changed Everything

Within the next couple of years, cell phones came about and completely allowed users to do the same thing digital cameras did, but with their own cell phones. The irony of evolutionary inventions was that the same way digital cameras ended up replacing most film cameras, cell phones replaced most digital cameras. As the cameras inside the cellular phones and tablets became more and more advanced, digital camera sales when down the drain. The harsh reality soon set in for most camera manufacturers as most of them soon began taking heavy losses. In fact, only Nikon and Canon ended up making a profit the past year. Other companies like Sony and Fuji only broke about even.

 

What’s In Store For The Camera?

 

The question then of why or how did the cell phones changed the camera industry has a few reasons and answers. For one, cell phones have allowed the users to be able to take photographs instantly at a whim from the palm of their hands. Cellular phones are used for communication so most people carry them. The phones having a digital camera is a bonus which most of us take advantage of. Also, a lot of phones cellular are not that expensive and many carriers give them to customers for free for signing a contract with them. There are some which are very expensive. However, most people are happy to shell out the money for them anyway. To make matters better for those that take photographs with their phones, sites like Online Convert allow users to easily convert video and photo files to other formats. This option lets users upload and share their videos and photographs easier; especially when the video or images might be too large.

 

Because cellular phones usage is so common, social media sites are now filled with amateur photos and videos taken from users.  In fact, being able to record from cell phones has led to numerous individuals monetizing via posting videos on sites like YouTube and Vine. The ease of being able to take a photograph right from your cell phone has no doubt made it better and easier for most of us to be able to capture special moments in our lives.

 

Want to spice up your pictures? Then take a look at the Best Free Photo Collage Makers

 

So is the camera industry totally dead? Not at all. There are still many professional and old school photographers who only use hand held digital cameras for photography. The fact is photography as we know it is not dying; it is simply changing and evolving with new inventions. Camera manufacturers are not taking the bombardment of cell phones cameras lightly. They have begun making more powerful and technology advanced cameras with higher resolutions and more mega pixels. Nevertheless, technology continues to advance and new inventions are made each day. Still, the question remains. How long will it be before the next invention might make the cellular phones a thing of the past? 

What You Need To Know About Flash & FLV

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At the beginning, there was Flash.

Videos, banner ads, animations, streams – Flash movies and clips have been used on the internet for a long, long time. While the FLV format may be on the way out, it has still been a video standard for internet users all over the world.

Today, we shall have a closer look at this common and loved, yet also heavily criticizes video format. We have a look at where Flash came from and where it’s going. At how to still view and create flash videos and the according file extensions. And at the suggested alternatives for the usage of Flash on webpages and in applications.

 

What Is Flash?

Flash has been developed by Macromedia but has later been adapted and further developed by Adobe. It is overall known as an Adobe product.

At first, Flash was used for creating simple animations. However, since Adobe’s Flash creation tools are so easy and intuitive to handle and operate, Flash became more and more popular among professional developers and hobby developers alike. It allowed many people with access to the necessary tools to develop and create Flash videos and animation for websites and applications that allow high interactivity from its users. Furthermore, Flash was seen as very versatile since it playbacks different compressed video and audio data.

To support Flash on a browser, the installation of a plugin is needed. Many third-party plugins as well as the native Adobe Flash Player plugin (similar to Adobe’s PDF plugin) are free and thus accessible to everyone. This enables every browser to support Flash videos. Furthermore, there are many third-party Flash players that, next to simple playback, offer the user more features like downloading and converting Flash videos, organizing them in libraries and sharing them on social media.

 

Especially in the early days of social media, Flash has been very popular. Platforms like Facebook or streaming services like YouTube, Vevo and Hulu heavily relied on Flash video playback for their service. Everyone who owned at least a camcorder could publish their video content on the web with great ease.

Convert your videos to Flash.

 

The File Formats

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The following three file format extensions are associated with the one or other version of Flash videos and animation.

 

FLV

FLV files have been the first Flash video files developed by Adobe (resp. Macromedia). It is the most common and possible the most wide spread one as well.

FLV files use the H.263 standard for video data with the FourCC FLV1 codec. Audio data is usually represented as MP3.

 

F4V

F4V files are the successors of the FLV file format.

This container format uses boxed data storage and is based on Apple’s Quicktime video format. F4V files support the H.264 video codec as well as ACC audio.

 

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SWF

The SWF file extension has also been developed by Macromedia and later Adobe. However, contrary to FLV and F4V, it was explicitly developed for the Shockwave Player at first and known as the so-called “Shockwave Flash” file.

SWF files can display animated graphics, ActionScript and even text. While it is also used for video playback, the main focus of SWF files in on the animation of vector graphics with embedded text and JPEG images.

Convert to SWF online.

 

Disadvantages Of Flash

However versatile, groundbreaking and innovative Flash may have been, there are still some critics of the format. The most well-known and influential of them has to be Apple Inc. Due to the insufficiency of Flash, it is not supported on iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Adobe itself has announced to discontinued the development of Flash.

The reason for Apple’s and many Linux users’ aversion against Flash comes from the fact that it requires a very high CPU usage. Furthermore, for playback of high definition videos, one would need an alternative to flash since the playback requires more advanced codecs than those present in Flash.

Another factor that comes into play is that many alternatives to Flash offer open source solutions for the creation of animation for the web. Adobe Flash and other programs for Flash creation, however, aren’t as cost-efficient as the open source tools available for, e.g., HTML5.

 

Alternatives to Flash

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A few alternatives to Flash have been adapted and are gaining popularity over the past years.

For video streaming and uploading to platforms, FLV files have been widely replaced by the versatile compressed MP4 video files. Platforms like YouTube and Facebook made the successful switch to MP4. Furthermore, this video format is supported by mobile playback devices as well as smart phones and all kinds of media player software.

On websites that display animation and encourage user interactivity, HTML5 is on it’s way to replace Flash almost completely. It fits the requirements of Flash as it allows video playback as well as the integration of (animated) vector graphics. It also provides a solution for Apple’s problem with Flash’s high CPU usage with a much lower CPU burden. Additionally, HTML5 is not a proprietary format like Flash but rather an open source solution.

Both Adobe and Google have also published a tool that allows to convert Flash animations into HTML5. Thanks to it’s growing popularity, HTML5 is not only supported by iOS and other mobile devises, but by almost all up-to-date browsers as well.

 

Advantages of Flash

However, it would be rash to already write off Flash as a whole. There are still some advantages it holds over both MP4 and (especially) HTML5.

On a sub-pixel scale, Flash supports a much better measurement than HTML5, resulting in a better and more crisp display of it’s animation on the screen.

Furthermore, Flash supports DRWM protection of it’s videos and the embedded animations, images and texts. HTML5 itself can not provide DRM protection. This has to be done via codecs for the individual components.

Mobile 3GP Video Converter Free Download

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One of the most popular and used video file formats for mobile devices is 3GP. This is largely due to the fact that 3GP format is highly efficient and smaller than other formats as well. For anyone looking for a mobile 3GP video converter free download then Online Convert offers you the option to do so easily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is 3GP?

 

3GP or 3GPP file format is a multimedia container format for 3G UMTS multimedia services. It is used on 3G mobile devices and it can also be used on 4G and/or 2G phones as well. 3GPP is defined by the Third Generation Partnership Project. Since most mobile devices are 3G compatible, the 3GP format  is one of the most popular and used file formats out there. Because of this, there are many sites which sell 3GP file conversion software to users. Most of them think that there are no other way to convert these video files and end up purchasing the software in order to convert their files. Others end up installing bloated software which is offered as free to entice the users to add it to their devices. However, most of these bloated programs are often laced with virus and trojans which end up stealing your personal data and information. Some actually highjack your devices and end up making it useless in the process. Always be careful when downloading any software or programs from sites that offer bloated ‘Free’ programs.

 

Do you have a video file that’s too big? Then check out How to Make a Video File Smaller

 

No Software or Programs Needed

 

There are many sites which sell software you have to pay for in order to be able to convert your files to 3GP, 3G2, MP4, AVI, FLV and many other formats presently available. However, what those sites do not want you to know is that you do not really need any expensive software or adds ons in order to convert your video files. Most people are surprised to know how easily Online Convert makes it for them to convert their files. The easy to use tools on our free online file converter work flawlessly and easily.  

 

In order to convert your video file to 3GP or any other format follow these steps.

  1. Click on the – http://video.online-convert.com link. (See photo 1) Convert Video Files Free and Easily - Online Convett
  2. Choose the file format you wish to convert your file to.
  3. Click on the “Choose file” link to locate the file you want to convert and upload it to our servers.
  4. Simply wait for the file to upload. Once it has been uploaded it will automatically begin to convert easily and quickly.

 

That’s it! Your file is now converted to your choosing and ready to use. If you have multiple files or want to convert the same file to another format then simply follow the same steps all over again.

 

If you have an Android phone then take a look at How to Convert Video for Android Phones

 

Online Convert is a top rated trusted site for several reasons. For one, you do not need to download any programs or files in order to use our file converter. Second, only the uploading of the file you wish to convert is required. Once the file has been uploaded, it will start to download automatically back once it has been converted to 3GP or whatever other file format you choose.

What’s The Difference between MPEG-1 And MPEG-2

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On video.online.convert.com, you can convert movies and video clips into the most popular and widely supported video formats like AVI, MP4, MOV, WMV… and MPG. However, there are two very common standards for saving and converting your videos as MPG files: MPEG-1 and MPEG-2.

In this blog article we want to give you a little guide in how to distinguish those two formats. What’s the big difference between MPEG-1 and MPEG-2? What do they have in common? Read on and find out!

 

The Difference Between MPEG-1 And MPEG-2

Before we concentrate on the differences, lets first look at what both video encoding standards have in common.

  • Both are generic coding mechanisms for audio and video data.
  • Both standards use lossy compression.
  • MPEG-1 as well as MPEG-2 are widely supported by various video players, both software and hardware.

However, there are some striking differences between the two formats. The following table will give an overview of the most prominent ones.

MPEG-1 MPEG-2
  • standard for VHS video quality
  • lower quality
  • performs better in lower bitrates
  • standard for DVD quality
  • better quality
  • supports higher resolutions and bitrates

Generally speaking, MPEG-2 is a successor of MPEG-1, addressing and getting rid of some of the weaknesses of the MPEG-1 standard.

 

What Makes MPEG-2 Better Than MPEG-1

The problem with MPEG-1 had been that audio compression is limited to only two channels. Furthermore, the standardized profile used is incompatible with videos that have been taken in a high resolution. Also, the only one color space was supported.

MPEG-2 introduced a way better quality that was used for DVD productions instead of VHS. The standard is able to capture video and audio data in higher resolutions than MPEG-1 did. The overall quality of the content increased compared to MPEG-1.

Unfortunately, MPEG-2 streams are not compatible with MPEG-1 streams. Therefore, players that only support the older format do not support the newer MPEG-2 format.

Upload Videos To Social Media

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Social Media is a great tool to share your stories, thoughts, images—and videos!

Video platforms like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion are meant for uploading, sharing, streaming and watching videos from users all over the world. But you can share your funny little clips with your Facebook friends, Twitter and Instagram followers and on Pinterest as well!

In today’s article, we from Online-Convert.com will tell you everything you need to know about uploading videos to a social media platform like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Read more about optimizing videos for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion

 

Facebook

Adding videos to Facebook is fairly easy. All you have to do is to click on the button that usually allows you to add a picture to your timeline. Then, choose the video from your hard drive. Before we have an in-depth look at what specifications you would need for a Facebook video, lets see what you can do to your Facebook video first!

Once you successfully uploaded your video, Facebook enables you to add a title, tag friends and choose a thumbnail still from the video. On pages, you can also add a call to action to the video using the according button. Furthermore, Facebook videos can be embedded in other pages. Some selected few as well as some verified pages are able to use the live video function that broadcasts a stream to their Facebook friends. However, this is only possible using iOS (i.e. an iPhone or iPad).

Max. File Size Max. Length File Formats Specifications
1.75 GB 45 minutes recommended:

  • MOV
  • MP4

other:

  • 3G2, 3GP, 3GPP
  • ASF
  • AVI
  • DIVX
  • FLV
  • MKV
  • MPEG, MPG
  • OGV
  • WMV
  • full list
for HD videos:

  • MOV or MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC audio codec
  • aspect ratio: 1280px width
  • frame rate: ≤ 30 fps
  • audio sample rate: 44.1 kHz

 

Twitter

Twitter features several possibilities on how to add videos to your Twitter feed: recording, importing and uploading.

Using the Twitter mobile app for iPhone and Android 4.4 (and newer), tapping the camera icon and, afterwards, the video icon allows you to record a video.
Using the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad, you can add videos to your feed using the “import” function.
From a computer or with an Android device, uploading a video from your phone or tablet’s gallery or hard drive is no problem either. Click on the button that allows you to add media to a tweet and choose the video you would like.

Before sending out the tweet with your video attached, Twitter enables you to preview the clip as well as doing some minor editing like trimming your video clip. Unfortunately, the direct messaging system does not support video-sending just yet. Furthermore, you can not tag people using their Twitter handle in videos yet.

Of course, just like an image that’s added to Twitter, a video will deduct 23 characters from your tweet.

Max. File Size Max. Length File Formats Specifications
512 MB 30 seconds
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC audio codec
  • min resolution: 32 x 32
  • max resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • aspect ratio: 1:2.39
  • max frame rate: 40 fps
  • max bitrate: 25 Mbps

 

Instagram

A picture says more than a thousand words. That’s why Instagram is such a powerful social media platform. But, sometimes, moving images are needed to show off something great. Luckily, Instagram allows you to upload videos as well. Choosing either the video or gallery icon, you can record a video or upload it from your phone’s gallery.

Just like with pictures, Instagram allows you to add a filter to you video and fill in the fields for caption and location. Unfortunately, you can not yet tag people in your videos.

Max. File Size Length File Formats Specifications
15 minutes 3 – 60 seconds
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • H264 video codec
  • AAC ausio codec
  • resolution: 640 x 640
  • aspect ratio: 1:1
  • best frame rate: 29.96 fps
  • audio sample rate: 44.1 kHz

 

Pinterest

Want to share a video on Pinterest? That’s possible as well! However, only from video platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Using the “Pin It” button, you can pin the video to your board. The image displayed will be the thumbnail image of the video.

Sadly, uploading videos to Pinterest from your hard drive is not yet possible. It has to be saved somewhere online in order to be “pinnable”.

 

But what is, in sum, the best video format to upload to any social media platform? Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have a definite answer to this question:

MOV & MP4