Video Formats

The animations and videos can be downloaded in different sizes and qualities:

Format Dimensions SD [pixels] (4:3) Dimensions HD
[pixels] (16:9)
Field/Frame Rate [fps] File type Encoded today Directory Other info
Small

Small Flash 320 x 240 320 x 180 25 .flv   small_flash Flash 8 encoded, low quality small preview file.
Small QT 320 x 240 320 x 180 25 .mov   small_qt QuickTime H.264. Fast start.
Medium

Video Podcast 640 x 480 640 x 360 SD:25, HD:50 .m4v *

medium_podcast

QuickTime H.264 encoded. It can be watched with any hardware, Apple iPod included, or in any program that reads files in .m4v format.
Medium MPEG-1 640 x 480 640 x 360 25 .mpeg * medium_mpg1 MPEG-1 encoded, good quality, medium file for download (suitable for PowerPoint).
Medium Flash 640 x 480 640 x 360 25 .flv * medium_flash Flash 8 encoded
Large

Large QT 768 x 576 720 x 405 25 .mov * large_qt QuickTime, H.264. Fast start.
Broadcast SD 768 x 576, 4:3 interlaced 720 x 576, 16:9 Anamorphic (plays full screen on a 16:9 display 25 .mxf, .avi * broadcast_sd MXF-HD source, DV Type 2 SD-Source
HD HD & Apple TV Preview N/A 1280 x 720 25 .m4v * hd_and_apple MPEG4 H.264. Suitable for Apple TV. Fast start, .m4v
HD Broadcast 720p/50 N/A 1280 x 720 50 .mxf   hd_broadcast_720p50 MXF(XDCAM) encoded, high quality, massive file for broadcasters.
Full HD Preview 1080p N/A 1920 x 1080 25 .mp4 * hd_1080p25_screen MPEG4 H.264
Full HD Broadcast 1080p N/A 1920 x 1080 25 .avi  * hd_1080p25_broadcast Grass Valley HQX codec in an AVI wrapper 
Ultra HD 4K Ultra HD Preview H.264 N/A 3840 x 2160 25 .mp4 * ultra_hd MPEG4 H.264
4K Ultra HD Preview H.265 N/A 3840 x 2160 25 .mkv * ultra_hd_h265 MPEG4 H.265, high quality (only offered in special cases, playable in latest DivX player)
4K Ultra HD Broadcast N/A 3840 x 2160 25 .avi  * ultra_hd_broadcast Grass Valley HQX codec in an AVI wrapper 
Fulldome Fulldome Preview  N/A 1024 x 1024 30 .mp4 * dome_preview MPEG4 H.264
  Fulldome Master N/A 4096 x 4096 (or best available) 30 .jpgs. Zipped with Winzip * dome_master For planetarium use only (lightly compressed single frames). The dome masters can be downloaded and sliced into the configuration that suits the individual planetarium.
  Fulldome 8k Master N/A 8192 x 8192 30 .jpgs. Zipped with Winzip * dome_8kmaster  For planetarium use only (lightly compressed single frames). The dome masters can be downloaded and sliced into the configuration that suits the individual planetarium.

 

Comparison chart

Below you can compare the relation between the different provided video formats. The "4K" (i.e. "Ultra HD"), is equivalent to a horizontal resolution on the order of 4000 pixels.