Windows 7 Supported Audio/Video Formats

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In researching potential video formats for switching my DVD library from VIDEO_TS to something else (due to file access time issues) I found I had real trouble locating the list of audio and video formats that Windows 7 supports out of the box. The provided “supported formats” page really isn’t technical enough.

While I haven’t determined which video format to move my library to, I did get a response to my question about this on the forums. Here’s the info from there, for your convenience:

+—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+ | Format Name | File | Container | Video Decoders | Audio Decoders | | | Extensions | | | | +================+================+================+================+================+ | MPEG-4 | .mp4 (A, V, | ISO MPEG-4, | H.264, MPEG-4 | AAC, MP3 | | | A+V) \ | AVI | Advanced | | | | .m4a (A) \ | | Simple Profile | | | | .mov | | (ASP) and | | | | | | Simple Profile | | | | | | (SP) | | +—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+ | 3GPP/3GPP2 | .3gp, .3g2 \ | 3GP | H.264, MPEG-4 | AAC | | | (A, V, A+V) | | Simple Profile | | | | | | (SP) | | +—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+ | AAC | .aac (A) | ADTS |   | AAC | +—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+ | ASP in AVI | .avi (V, A+V) | AVI | MPEG-4 | MP3, MS ADPCM | | (Compatible | | | Advanced | | | with DivX 4-6 | | | Simple Profile | | | video, Xvid | | | (ASP) | | | and 3ivx) | | | | | +—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+ | AVCHD | .m2t, m2ts, | MPEG-2 | H.264 | Dolby Digital, | | | .mts (A, V, | Transport | | LPCM | | | A+V) | Stream (TS) | | | +—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+ | HDV | .m2t, m2ts, | MPEG-2 | MPEG-2 | MPEG-1 L2 | | | .mts (A, V, | Transport | | (Layer 2) | | | A+V) | Stream (TS) | | | +—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+—————-+

Or, split/arranged a different way:

+————————————–+————————————–+ | Category | Supported Types | +======================================+======================================+ | Video Decoders | - H.264/AVC Baseline, Main and | | | High Profiles (new in Windows 7) | | | - MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile | | | (new in Windows 7) besides | | | Simple Profile | | | - Subset of H.263 that overlaps | | | with MPEG-4 SP | | | - Motion JPEG (new in Windows 7) | | | - WMV variants including VC1 and | | | WMV Screen | | | - MPEG-1 and -2 | | | - DV | +————————————–+————————————–+ | Audio Decoders | - AAC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2 (new in | | | Windows 7) | | | - Dolby Digital Plus (new in | | | Windows 7) besides Dolby | | | Digital/AC-3 | | | - WMA family of music decoders and | | | speech decoders | | | - MP3 | | | - MPEG-1 and -2 | +————————————–+————————————–+ | Image Decoders | - HD Photo (JPEG-XR) | | | - JPEG | | | - PNG | | | - BMP | | | - TIFF | | | - GIF | | | - ICO (Icon Format) | +————————————–+————————————–+ | Containers | - MP4 and its close cousins MOV, | | | 3GP, M4A (new in Windows 7) | | | - Media Center’s WTV (new in Win7 | | | and Media Center TV Pack) and | | | DVR-MS | | | - MPEG-2 Transport Streams and its | | | cousin AVCHD | | | - MPEG-1 and -2 Program Streams | | | - AVI, WAV | | | - ASF | | | - DVD | | | - ADTS | +————————————–+————————————–+

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