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What's better? .MOV or .MP4 for shooting on Mavic Air
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jashjacob
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What do you guys suggest is the better format for shooting on the Mavic Air? What provides the best video output in terms of quality.
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AlansDronePics
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The format you choose is related to the editing software you will use. There is no difference in output quality that you will notice.
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A CW
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Yeah, I use MOV as I use IOS.
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AlansDronePics Posted at 2018-3-7 23:45
The format you choose is related to the editing software you will use. There is no difference in output quality that you will notice.

Awesome! Was wondering if there was any other image compression reducing the quality between those to file formats.
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Malakai_UK
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Think of MOV/MP4 as just a container for your video content. The containers are almost identical, they use the same lossy compression standards so the video content will be the same. However, the MOV container was designed for use in an Apple environment. For example, on a Apple Mac you can easily convert a MOV file to MP4 without having to change the video encoding. If you try and do this in Windows it can be complex. MP4 is more universal in that its supported by many operating systems and media players.
In real world terms, it depends on what platform you are editing your content. If its an Apple ecosystem go with MOV. Anything else use MP4.
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Malakai_UK Posted at 2018-3-8 01:42
Think of MOV/MP4 as just a container for your video content. The containers are almost identical, they use the same lossy compression standards so the video content will be the same. However, the MOV container was designed for use in an Apple environment. For example, on a Apple Mac you can easily convert a MOV file to MP4 without having to change the video encoding. If you try and do this in Windows it can be complex. MP4 is more universal in that its supported by many operating systems and media players.
In real world terms, it depends on what platform you are editing your content. If its an Apple ecosystem go with MOV. Anything else use MP4.

That is what I understand of it indeed!
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Jos A
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MP4 is faster to upload to youtube.
Also when do the footage editing use H264 for codec
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I just have had more luck with MOV for some reason, but I'm importing into FCPX on a Macbook Pro.
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Malakai_UK Posted at 2018-3-8 01:42
Think of MOV/MP4 as just a container for your video content. The containers are almost identical, they use the same lossy compression standards so the video content will be the same. However, the MOV container was designed for use in an Apple environment. For example, on a Apple Mac you can easily convert a MOV file to MP4 without having to change the video encoding. If you try and do this in Windows it can be complex. MP4 is more universal in that its supported by many operating systems and media players.
In real world terms, it depends on what platform you are editing your content. If its an Apple ecosystem go with MOV. Anything else use MP4.

Great info Malakai - thanks for that as never knew the details.
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Malakai_UK
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A CW Posted at 2018-3-8 12:56
Great info Malakai - thanks for that as never knew the details.

No worries, glad it helps.
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StanfordWebbie
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Yeah, Malakai did a very thorough explanation.  Nice job.
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Malakai_UK Posted at 2018-3-8 01:42
Think of MOV/MP4 as just a container for your video content. The containers are almost identical, they use the same lossy compression standards so the video content will be the same. However, the MOV container was designed for use in an Apple environment. For example, on a Apple Mac you can easily convert a MOV file to MP4 without having to change the video encoding. If you try and do this in Windows it can be complex. MP4 is more universal in that its supported by many operating systems and media players.
In real world terms, it depends on what platform you are editing your content. If its an Apple ecosystem go with MOV. Anything else use MP4.

Thank you! That was a through explanation.
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