What Is the Smallest Video Format?


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In general, Windows Media Video, or WMV, provides the best quality in the smallest size. Besides format, however, codecs and other aspects of video rendering make huge differences to the size.

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Although WMV is known for its good quality relative to small file sizes, the choice of codec and other factors is even more significant when it comes to creating a video with a small file size. Other variables like frame rate, pixel dimension, audio sample rate, and render quality have a big impact on size. A code like DV NTSC paired with WMV can make for a small video, but custom codecs with other low variables can be even smaller.

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