What Types of Media Files Can Be Played From a Free HD Video Player?


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The types of files compatible with a given free HD video player vary, though many modern players handle file types such as AVI, MP4, MOV and MPG. Some players may not be able to play certain files even if they are able to play others of the same type.

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Video files are compressed using a programming standard known as a codec to make storing and transmitting video easier and more efficient, since uncompressed video can often span multiple gigabytes of data. The codec used for a file is not the same as the format of the file, so it is possible for a particular player to be able to play some instances of a particular file type but not others if the files that cannot be played were compressed using a codec that the player does not have or cannot use.

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