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Comparsion between MOV and SWF

File Extension MOV SWF
File Type Apple QuickTime Movie Shockwave Flash Movie
Description Developed by Apple Inc.; workable on Mac as well as Windows; a container format containing multitracks, saving different types of media data, including video, movie, audio, text, etc; SWF is an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript. Currently, SWF is the dominant format for displaying "animated" vector graphics on the Web. It plays in Web browsers that have the Flash plug-in installed.
Developed by Apple Adobe Systems
Pros High quality; can be view by many free video players; the audio and video components of every file are stored on separate tracks and can be manipulated for time and content. a freely scriptable visual format useful for animation on the web; Vector based, this means that the graphics can be scaled easily; fast loading;
Cons Perform more stable under QuickTime environment; a special codec might be needed to open a .mov file Heavy CPU load; one cannot play an SWF video unless he has Flash plug-in installed on the computer; requires pricey software to create, etc;
Help You Choose Each media track in a MOV file can be encoded by a different codec, so the application that is opening your MOV file must be able to recognize the codec in order to play the media track(s) in the MOV file Typically used in the creation of websites; can deliver video, sound, vector graphics and text over the internet; interactive, includes small-button effects and animation; only can be played with flash player, not easy to play on portable devices like iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S5, etc without flash support
Programs that open MOV/SWF files

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