How to Choose the Right Video Format for All Your Devices

Have you ever tried to play a video in the past on one of your devices only to find that it simply won’t load? At times you may even hear the audio in the background but find that your screen remains black.

In both these cases the problem is almost certainly that you’re not using the right video format. Needless to say that can be solved by converting your video – but first you need to choose the right format by following these steps:

1. Find out what video formats are compatible with your devices
Every device has a certain range of video formats that it is compatible with. Some devices such as PCs or Macs have a wide range that include most formats, while others such as mobile devices have a much narrower range. Certain devices such as DVD players may only be compatible with specific formats, so knowing what formats are compatible with your devices is the first step.

2. Find out what codecs are supported by the devices
In much the same way different devices support different formats, the same holds true for codecs too. For PCs and Macs you can get download the codecs you need in most cases, but with mobile devices you may need a specialized player instead.

3. Choose the combination that is universally compatible with all your devices
Now that you’ve identified the formats and codecs that your devices can use, try to find the one that is the most universally compatible. Essentially that should be the ‘right’ format that will allow you to play your video on all your devices.

In some cases you may not be able to find one format that is compatible with all your devices, in which case you may still need to convert your videos between formats from time to time. It helps if you have an easy way to do so – and Movavi Video Converter can help in that regard.

Using Movavi Video Converter will not only let you convert your videos from WMV to MOV, AVI to MP4, VOB to FLV and numerous other formats – but it will also let you use presets to automatically utilize the best format and video settings for any device you require. Additionally its other features will let you cut and join video segments, improve the video quality, create animated GIFs, extract audio tracks, crop or rotate videos, and much more.

Essentially Movavi Video Converter is a ‘one size fits all’ tool that should solve most of your needs when it comes to preparing videos for different devices. With its scope, you will be able to do a lot more than that too – so be sure to experiment with its features.