Standards: Appendix F - Abbreviated Container Type Names

This is a list of the abbreviations for media container files which are commonly used within documentation.

This is an Appendix to our series of articles on Standards.

These are not file extensions, they are abbreviations that are often used to describe media containers in documentation, which can often cause confusion.

Abbreviation Format
3G2 3GPP2
3GP 3GPP
AIFF Audio Interchange File Format
ALAC Apple Lossless Audio Codec
ASF Advanced Systems Format
AVI Audio Video Interleave
DMF DivX Media Format
EVO Enhanced VOB
F4V Flash Video
FLAC Free Lossless Audio Codec
FLV Flash Video
ISOBMFF ISO Base Media File Format
M2TS Blu-ray BDAV MPEG-2 transport stream
MKV Matroška nested object file
MP4 MPEG-4 Part 14
MXF Material Exchange Format
PS MPEG program stream (Do not confuse with raw PostScript print stream)
QTFF QuickTime File Format
RIFF Resource Interchange File Format
RMVB Real Media Variable Bitrate
TS MPEG transport stream
VOB DVD Video Object
WAV Waveform Audio File Format

 

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