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 Other info
Small
Small Flash 320 x 240 320 x 180 25 .flv   Flash 8 encoded, low quality small preview file.
Small QT 320 x 240 320 x 180 25 .mov   QuickTime H.264. Fast start.
Medium
Video Podcast 640 x 480 640 x 360 SD:25, HD:50 .m4v * 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 * MPEG-1 encoded, good quality, medium file for download (suitable for PowerPoint).
Medium Flash 640 x 480 640 x 360 25 .flv * Flash 8 encoded
Large
Large QT 768 x 576 720 x 405 25 .mov * 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 * MXF-HD source, DV Type 2 SD-Source
HD HD & Apple TV Preview N/A 1280 x 720 25 .m4v * MPEG4 H.264. Suitable for Apple TV. Fast start, .m4v
HD1080p Preview N/A 1920 x 1080 25 .mp4 * MPEG 4 h264
HD1080p Broadcast legacy N/A 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 25 .mxf   MXF(XDCAM) 1920x1080i This file format is for broadcasters and the files can be imported by non-linear editing systems and edited.
HD1080p Broadcast N/A 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 25 .avi * Grass Valley HQX codec in an AVI wrappe. This file format is for broadcasters and the files can be imported by non-linear editing systems and edited.
Ultra HD 4K Ultra HD Preview H.264 N/A 3840 x 2160 25 .mp4 * MPEG4 H.264
4K Ultra HD Preview H.265 N/A 3840 x 2160 25 .mkv * 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 * Grass Valley HQX codec in an AVI wrapper
Dome Fulldome Master N/A 4096 x 4096 (sometimes 3600 x 3600) 30 (sometimes 25) .jpgs. Zipped with Winzip. * For planetarium use only (lightly compressed single frames), Produced with with a 180 degrees fish-eye camera, or a standard 5 camera rig stitched together to a dome master. 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 * MPEG4 H.264

 

 

On these pages you find overviews of some of Hubble video clips produced by the ESA/HUbble.

The animations can be downloaded in different sizes and qualities.


Notes:

Everything is free for you to use as long as you follow the simple rules in our Copyright info.

 

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.