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 Other info
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.
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 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 & Apple TV N/A 1280 x 720 25 .m4v MPEG4 H.264. Suitable for Apple TV. Fast start, .m4v
HD1080p/25 screen N/A 1920x1080 25 .mp4 MPEG 4 h264
HD1080p/25 broadcast N/A 1440x1080, 1920x1080 25 .mxf MXF(XDCAM) 1920x1080i This file format is for broadcasters and the files can be imported by non-linear editing systems and edited.
Dome Dome Master   3600 x 3600 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.



On these pages you find overviews of some of Hubble video clips produced by the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre.

The animations can be downloaded in six different sizes and qualities:


Large H.264 MPEG can also be ordered at no costs by TV broadcasters on Betacam SP PAL tapes. Please send IDs of the clips you want to

We do not distribute VHS tapes.

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