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 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 Preview N/A 1024 x 1024 30 .mp4 * dome_preview MPEG4 H.264

 

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.