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Comparison between MOV and MPG

File Extension MOV MPG
File Type Apple QuickTime Movie MPEG Video File
Description MOV is a multimedia container file format developed by Apple, workable on both Mac and Windows. It contains multiple tracks of different media data, such as a video, audio, timecode, or text track. Standardized by the Moving Picture Experts Group, MPG is a common digital video format that typically incorporates MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 audio and video compression.
Developed by Apple N/A
Pros High-quality files for recording, sharing and storing digital multimedia; Separate audio and video tracks, make it possible to isolate and to adjust those separate elements during playback and editing MPEG-1 is designed to compress VHS-quality raw digital video and CD audio down to 1.5 Mbit/s without excessive quality loss; MPEG-2 is the core of most digital television and DVD formats; both of high quality
Cons Larger file size compared to other multimedia formats; requires different codecs installed in order to play the media tracks in the MOV file Mac programs like Final Cut Pro can't handle MPG files very well. Additionally, though MPG are very high quality, this results in a low compression ratio or a larger file size which can be a problem of efficiency in your stroage space.
Help You Choose If you are working with Mac platform, high-quality MOV is absolutely a good choice since it is developed by Apple Computer; the separation of audio and video makes it particularly suited for editing in professional applications The format is often used for creating movies distributed on the Internet; Commonly, MPG files got a problem when be played on QT on Mac platform, like no video, only audio, or even worse
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