What is iPhone video format? iPhone supported video format


What is iPhone video format? iPhone supported video format
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What is the iPhone video format?

Apple's iPhone series is used widely all over the world! Almost all iPhones of this series from iPhone 5, 6, 7, 8, X, XR, 11, and 12 use the same video format for recording. The default video format supported for iPhone is .MOV as container format with codec H.264 (AVC). But iPhone also uses codecs like H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4, & M-JPEG.

If you want to video in higher quality and efficiency, it uses H.265(HEVC) codec and stores the video in .MOV format. This codec feature is available after the iOS 11 update to the iPhone & iPad series.

iPhone also supports Other video formats like .MP4, .M4V, .ASF, .MKV, etc. Those formats support only 30 Frames per second. But if you want a more smooth video experience, you have to switch your iPhone's camera video format settings to either H.264 (AVC) or H.265 (HEVC). It can provide you up to 60 FPS frame rates.

Here are some video formats that are also viewable on iPhone.

  • Animated GIFS
  • .MOV (QuickTime) is the default video format of the iPhone
  • .MP4, .M4V, .ASF &.MKV
  • M-JPEG means Motion JPEG
  • MPEG IMX (30 Mbps, 40 Mbps, 50 Mbps)
  • Apple Animation codec
  • Apple Intermediate Codec

These formats aren't supported by iPhone or iPad

  • Windows Media files like WMV, WTV, and MPG
  • Youtube downloaded or extracted videos like .FLV is also not supported
  • We can't view Camcorder video file format on iphone

Then the question arises here what can we do to open these files? We will need a specific third-party app to open .WMV, .FLV, and .AVI. Here I'll recommend you popular video player called VLC player.

It supports almost all codec and video audio formats. It is portable and available on various platforms like Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, and Windows phones.

how to change iPhone's video format?

There are several ways to convert any video file to a live photo. We can convert it by using different video converter apps, online iPhone video format converter, or by using professional video editing software like Adobe premiere, apple motion or sony vegas pro and so many various tools are available!

The following steps are used to convert video to live photos easily.

1. By using 3rd Party app

We can edit video and convert it to live photos by using third party apps like IntoLive, LP, or lively converter. Here I am using the IntoLive iOS app.

iphone video format - intoLive app

The intoLive app is used to create live photos and wallpaper for personal use. You can use either video or gifs to create live photos easily. It provides features like editing videos with adding animations, layout styling, and many more.

You just have to download the app from the Apple app store and open it. Select a video, photo, or gif you want to edit. Then change background, trim, or change motion animation according to your need and save it.

2. By using Online converters

We can also convert video to live photos by using an Online video to live photo converter. There is a bunch of online video converter available on the web. You can choose any from that and one good thing is almost all tools are free to use. But in some cases we have to pay them for more features.

Below are some great online converter tools

  • FlexClip - It is a popular online video converter tool that is used to create live photos to share on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. It converts AVI, MOV, MKV, MP4, MV4, and FLV video format videos into MP4 and WEBM.

  • Wondershare - It is any converter tool that is used to convert any media file. Pros - it provides flexible video format conversion and all platform support. Cons - It is paid tool. You have to pay money for some extra features.

3. By using video editing software(Desktop applications)

Everyone is aware of the photo editing apps Photoshop and Lightroom. Adobe also has video editing software Adobe Premiere. You can also use Apple's video editing software like iMovie, Fine-cut pro, and Motion.


1. Open any of the software you want, Open > select a video file. Trim, change the layout or Edit it according to your desire.

2. Now click on Save as. Rename the media file and save it as an mp4 or WEBM video format extension. Done!

iPhone video format settings?

Apple iPhone's camera is one of the most stable, optimized, and well-structured algorithm-based camera firmware out of all smartphones. So, to capture the best picture, We have to open the system settings. In settings, there will be option camera >, now open it.

1. Now to change formats according to our needs. High Efficiency means High-quality videos or photos. Which records videos in HEVC format codec with .MOV format container and captures photos in HEIF format.

2. If you want the Most Compatible videos or photos, you can choose the 'most compatible option. It will save videos in H.264 format codec with .MOV format container and photos in JPEG Format.

3. If we select Most compatible, the camera will not be able to record 4K at 60 FPS and 1080P 140 FPS.

4. Next one is you can change record video settings, here you can get multiple settings like 720P HD at 30 FPS, 1080P HD at 30 & 60 FPS, and 4K at 24, 30 & 60 FPS.

5. Slo-mo camera provides 1080P HD at 120 and 240 FPS Slow motion video settings.

Final lines on iPhone's video formats

So, iPhone's default video format is .MOV which is a container format with either HEVC(H.265) or AVC(H.264) Codec format. But it also supports other video formats like .MP4, .M4V, .ASF & .MKV. For some unsupported formats like .WMV, .FLV, and .AVI, we need to use some third-party video players.

If you have any queries regarding this article guide, feel free to ask in the comments. I will definitely help you to solve your problem.

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What is the file format for iPhone videos?

: An iPhone records video in .MOV format by using codec H.264 (AVC) for encoding and decoding the video.

Are iPhone videos MP4?

: No. iPhone does not support MP4 directly. You need to use a specific video player.

How do I convert a video from my phone to MP4?

: You have to use some online tools or you can use any video editing tool to convert video to MP4.

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