Windows Media Player enables you to record sounds from a microphone or other audio devices. Your recording saves to a Windows Media Audio file that offers the flexibility to copy to other recording media, such as an audio CD or a data DVD. Media Player also copies or burns pre-recorded music, photo and data files. For example, photo files that help you promote your newest product can be saved to a DVD for insertion into a PowerPoint presentation.
Apple apps such as Photos, iMovie, Safari, Keynote, and QuickTime Player work with many media formats. Some apps prefer specific formats, but most formats work in most apps without additional software. Older or specialized formats might not work as expected if your device, its operating system, or the app you're using doesn't support the format.
Install all available software updates for your Mac and software updates for your iPhone or iPad. After updating, if you don't have an app that supports the older or specialized media format used by the file, search the internet or App Store for an app that does. If you know the name of the media format, include it in your search.
Video file recorded by Windows Media Center, a program used to play multimedia content and record TV shows; encodes video using MPEG-2 compression and audio using MPEG-1 Layer II or Dolby Digital AC-3 compression; may also include descriptive metadata and digital rights management (DRM) information.
Rapid changes in technology mean that file formats can become obsolete quickly and cause problems for your records management strategy. A long-term view and careful planning can overcome this risk and ensure that you can meet your legal and operational requirements.
Legally, your records must be trustworthy, complete, accessible, legally admissible in court, and durable for as long as your approved records retention schedules require. For example, you can convert a record to another, more durable format (e.g., from a nearly obsolete software program to a text file) and that copy, as long as it is created in a trustworthy manner, is legally acceptable.
The software in which a file is created usually uses a default format when the file is saved. This is indicated by the file name suffix (e.g., .PDF for portable document format). However, most software allows authors to select from a variety of formats when they save a file. For example, Microsoft Word allows the author to select document [DOC], Rich Text Format [RTF], or text [TXT], as well as other format options. Some software, such as Adobe Acrobat, is designed to convert files from one format to another. The format you choose will affect your long-term records management abilities.
When choosing a file format to use for your electronic records management purposes, it is important to understand how proprietary, non-proprietary, open formats, and open standards may affect the accessibility and accountability of your records over the long term.
To help ensure your files are accessible over time, you will need to keep verifying that the files formats you are using are still supported. When formats are no longer supported, you will need to decide if you are going to convert and/or migrate your file formats. If you convert your records, you will change their formats, perhaps to a software-independent format. If you migrate your records, you will move them to another platform or storage medium, without changing the file format. However, you may need to convert records in order to migrate them to ensure that they remain accessible. For example, if you migrate records from an Apple operating system to a Microsoft Windows operating system, you may need to convert the records to a file format that is accessible in a Windows operating system (e.g., RTF, Word 2000). For more information on conversion and migration, refer to the Electronic Records Management Strategy and Long-Term Preservation chapters of these guidelines.
Many of the challenges associated with records management can be overcome with good planning. When trying to determine the most appropriate file format/s to use for long-term access, there are many things to consider. Weighing the pros and cons of each of the suggestions below will assist with planning efforts.
All multimedia that are H.264 compliant can be played back in Adobe Reader 9 and later. (H.264, also known as MPEG-4 part 10, is a video compression standard that provides high-quality video without substantially increasing file size.) Video files of varying formats and filename extensions can be H.264 compliant.
Media files in other formats can be played back in earlier versions of Adobe Reader. However, users must install the appropriate application (such as QuickTime or Windows Media Player) to play the multimedia.
The Canon G50 video camera shoots 4K footage at 24 and 30fps, or HD footage at 24, 30, and 60fps. Video files are recorded in an .mp4 format. All MDC video cameras have one 3.5mm mic input that can be used to connect either a shotgun mic or wireless lavalier mic. Included: SD Card, Battery, Charger, Tripod, USB cable.