Experiment with video production and editing.
Understand basic video / picture formats


  • .jpg - Joint Photographic Group Format. Very efficient storage (compression). The idea of JPEG is that as it compresses the data it throws some of it away.
  • .bmp - Microsoft windows bitmap format. Fairly efficient storage (compression). Native format for Windows.
  • .gif - Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) pictures can have only 256 colors. 256 colors looks fine for many pictures, but not professional quality. Compression high.
  • .tif - Tag Image File format - most graphic programs that use TIFF do little or no compression. Consequently, file sizes are quite big.
  • .png - Portable Network Graphics format. Well compressed format like .gif.
  • also see: http://www.fileinfo.com/filetypes/image

  • .wmv (windows movie video format – work on PC)
  • .avi (best quality video – edit and reedit) -
  • .mpg (compressed, flash video cards)
  • .mov (quicktime – work on both mac and pc) – more universal – high resolution
  • .asf advanced system format (very common format)
  • also see: http://www.fileinfo.com/filetypes/video


  • DXG = .avi
  • AIPTEK = .asf

Technique : Using the camera



Supported file types: You can add content to your Windows Movie Maker project either by capturing content directly in Windows Movie Maker or by importing existing digital media files. The content you capture in Windows Movie Maker is saved in Windows Media Format. However, you can also import existing Windows Media-based content as well as other common file formats.
You can import files with the following file name extensions into Windows Movie Maker to use in your project:
  • Audio files: .aif, .aifc, .aiff .asf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav, and .wma
  • Picture files: .bmp, .dib, .emf, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tif, .tiff, and .wmf
  • Video files: .asf, .avi, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv

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