How to Ensure Videos are Compatible or Optimized for Different Devices

How to Ensure Videos are Compatible or Optimized for Different Devices

September 10, 2018 By kirsten

    Like most people you probably watch videos on various types of devices, including your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac, and possibly even use a set-top box, DVD player or some other method to watch them on your TV. When you’re watching videos on so many devices however there are two things that you need to be aware of: Compatibility and optimization.

    Understanding Compatibility and Optimization

    Simply put compatibility refers to whether or not the format of the video is supported by the device that it is being played on. Different devices have different ranges of formats and codecs that they support, and while some can use software (i.e. specialized players) to play additional formats, others may not have this option.

    On the other hand, optimization refers to whether the video settings and parameters are optimized for the device that they’re being viewed on. In particular, the resolution and frame rate should be the same (or less than) the display, as anything above the display will be lost and will result in an enlarged file size for no reason.

    How to Ensure Videos are Compatible or Optimized

    To ensure your videos are compatible or optimized for a specific device, you first need to know the range of formats and codecs that the device supports. In some cases, it may be worth finding out if that range can be extended, by downloading extensions or software.

    Similarly, if you want to optimize the video you will have to find out the specifications of the display that you’re going to be using – particularly its frame rate and resolution. That information can then be compared against the video, to see whether it is a match.

    If it the format isn’t compatible, the video will need to be converted to a compatible format instead. On the other hand, if the video parameters exceed that of the display, they will have to be adjusted to optimize the video and keep its file size as low as possible. In this case, the reduction of parameters won’t noticeably affect the quality of the video, since the display won’t be able to take advantage of any high resolutions or frame rates.

    It is worth noting that a common approach to ensure videos are compatible is to generally use widely-supported formats such as MP4, MKV, or AVI with a XviD or H.264 codec. Nowadays MP4 with H.264 is arguably one of the most widely-used modern formats, though the H.264 codec may not be supported by some older devices.

    Similarly in the case of optimization, sticking to 720p or 1080p with a frame rate of about 30 has become the standard approach of sorts. Granted there is some room for improvement, especially on older devices that may not have HD displays at all to begin with.

    In any case, one thing should be clear: If you want to ensure your videos are compatible or optimized – you need to be able to convert their format and adjust their settings. That will require a video converter, which is where things can get a bit technical.

    Converting Videos with Movavi Video Converter

    One of the easiest ways to convert videos without having to deal with technical settings is to use Movavi Video Converter. It will simplify the task of converting videos so that it is both easy and straightforward. For example, if you want to use it as a MOV to MP4 converter, you can simply add the video and select one of its MP4 presets to convert it.

    To be more specific when you convert a MOV video to MP4 you should first launch Movavi Video Converter and click ‘Add Video’ then ‘Add Media’ and select the video in question. After that, you can click on the ‘Video’ tab and find one of the presets under ‘MP4’ that is suitable for your video then click ‘Convert’.

    The same applies when you want to optimize your videos, and the ‘Devices’ tab in Movavi Video Converter will have presets that are tailored based on the specifications of various devices. On top of that, you could manually adjust the video parameters yourself or compress the file size if you want to.

    All in all Movavi Video Converter will give you an easy way to convert your videos so that they are compatible and optimized. It is worth noting that it has many other features too, and can help you to deal with a wide range of tasks involving media files in general.