Types of File Formats You Can Export with QuickTime

With the Export Using QuickTime Conversion command, you can choose to export almost any file format that QuickTime supports, along with a wide variety of codecs and custom parameters that each format supports. Because there are so many file formats and specific settings, this chapter does not provide an exhaustive description of every file format and its associated settings.

Video and Movie File Formats
  • QuickTime movie file: See Exporting a QuickTime Movie File for Web Distribution. If you want to export a movie that has the same settings as your sequence or clip, see Exporting QuickTime Movies.
  • DV Stream file: DV Stream files encode synchronized audio and video together digitally as on a DV videotape. These files are primarily for use with iMovie. See Exporting a DV Stream.
  • AVI file: AVI movies are a Windows-compatible standard for digital video. See Exporting an AVI File. AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave.
  • FLC: An animation format, originally developed by AutoDesk. This format uses a lossless compression technique that maintains the original quality.
Multimedia Distribution File Formats
  • MPEG-4: A global multimedia standard, delivering professional-quality audio and video streams over a wide range of bandwidths, from cell phone to broadband and beyond.
  • 3G: Lets you export a file that is compatible with 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) and 3GPP2 (3rd Generation Partnership Project 2) devices. Also supports AMC, a popular mobile multimedia format used by KDDI subscribers in Japan that includes MPEG-4 video, QCELP audio, and STML text. These are the standards for high-quality multimedia on wireless devices, based on the foundation of MPEG-4.
Still-Image File Formats and Image Sequences
Audio File Formats

For information on exporting any of these formats, see Exporting Audio for Mixing in Other Applications.

  • AIFF: This is the default audio format used on Mac computers. Each data byte is stored with the most significant byte (MSB) stored first. This is known as big endian.
  • WAVE: This is the standard audio format used on Windows computers. Each data byte is stored with the least significant byte (LSB) first. This is known as little endian.
  • uLaw: This is an audio format developed for Sun computers.
  • System 7 Sound: This is a sound format used on older Mac computers.