The Introduction of the Media Files

Last Updated: 2021-12-07

Summary: In this article, we will have an introduction of media files and after reading this post, you will have good knowledge about media files and know a list of media files. 


In recent years, we all know that the demand for digital media files for encoding audio and video is rapidly increasing. However, this phenomenon also brings so many complicated problems. Since not all media file formats can be played on all devices, the proliferation of various audio, video, and picture file formats has caused a lot of confusion for users.

Specifically, you can connect a computer or media server to your network media player, but you may find that some storage cannot be played Audio or video files. So, what is a media file? What are the main types of media files? After reading the below content you will have the answer.

What are Media Files?

Media files are actually your pictures, music, audio, video, and documents. The computer program or application program can read and use the digital file after encoding it during the saving process. For example, you can read and edit the document format in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

There are a large number of video formats, such as camcorders, DVD files, Quicktime files, Windows videos, and a variety of high-definition formats, must be converted to a certain format before they can be played, as sometimes they cannot be played directly in the originally created or stored format.

Main Types of Media Files

Photos, music, and movies are the main media files. The following below category has some commonly used media files. Take a look at the below content.

Photo file format: JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP
Music file format: AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA, Dolby Digital, DTS
Video file format: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, MOV, AVCHD, H.264, H.265.

The above mention media file formats are different. However, since these media files are not standardized, so actually, photos are usually stored in RAW, JPEG, or TIFF format. But for the photos in JPEG file format, as the JPEG format can compress and squeeze the file to make it smaller, so you can store more JPEG photos on the same hard drive.

For video files, generally speaking, video files will be encoded into standard or high-definition formats. There are many video formats, so you need to convert them to a certain format before they can be played on the device.

So no matter for photo files, music files, or video files, we all encounter such an issue that some of the file formats just can not be viewed or opened on some devices, which may be the reason why so many useful converter software is so important in our daily life. If you want to know more about the converter software, you can overview the below link to know about it.


Through reading the above content, you will have a piece of knowledge about Media Files, know the main types of media files, the difference between each category of the file format.

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