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What Digital File is Best for Me?

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Choosing the right digital file format in today’s complex and ever evolving day and age is no longer a simple task, nor should it be.

Whether you are looking for a digital filing software, digitizing files, digital file storage, digital filing solutions, digitizing service, digital file delivery, scan to file, video and document imaging or even free digitizing, you will need to make a choice about what type of digital files you actually need and want.

We at Advanced Media, a Los Angeles Digital Files, Video and Media Services provider can be of immense value to you.

Please contact us HERE or at (323) 469 0707 / (855) 551 5857

Let us start with a brief explanation of various video files and what they can do for you. This article is going to address primarily video files, however, same principles do apply when dealing with various forms of image and picture files, scans, films, digitizing software, digitizing programs and overall media and documents management.

 

Generally speaking, when it comes to digital video files, there are 3 main categories:

Uncompressed files – these files are large, heavy, offer virtually no compression (or very little) and are generally suited for high-end use and high-value content, such as broadcast, digital cinema and archival. The two main considerations are that the files are very large in size and require above-standard systems to be able to play in real time. Also, there is no generational loss in exporting uncompressed file to an uncompressed file.

In layman terms, these are heavy and bulky files, and you will only want them if your source content hold a commercial value to you or others.

For techies, examples include: DPX, Uncompressed, Lossless, RGB, Cineon, EXR and the likes. If you are not well versed with these terms, you probably do not need it.

 

Effectively Compressed files – these files offer the best compromise between uncompressed and highly compressed files. They preserve the overall picture quality in a way similar to uncompressed, however with higher compression, while offer a much smaller file size. Those types of files are used primarily for editorial purposes and for general use content, or when storage space and file size is a concern. These files can usually play on most systems. An export from this type of file, would incur some generational loss, however minimal.

To put it simply, these are the type of files that most people need. They provide the best of both worlds – good enough quality at a reasonable size.

Some examples of such files are: ProRes, Sorenson, DV, DVC, MPEG and others. Even if you do not know the terms, you may want to consider using these files.

 

Highly Compressed files – highly compressed files are used primarily for internet distribution or for editorial, screening or approval processes where quality is not a concern, and when large amount of files are needed to be moved rapidly. The main benefit of these highly compressed files is their very small size and ability to play them on any system, and their main drawback is the lower quality they offer. An export from a highly compressed file would account for a significant generational loss.

The most important thing to consider is that once you get these files, you cannot go higher in quality (unless you still have access to your source content), so you better choose carefully.

 

In summary, choosing the right digital files for your needs is no easy task, and you may want to always consult a professional. We at Advanced Media are ready and able to assist you. Tthe more we learn about your final and intended uses, the better overall better advice and guidance we can provide.

 

Please contact us HERE or at (323) 469 0707 / (855) 551 5857

 

 

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