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What Are the Best Video Formats for Editing and Sharing?

Video formats help with the storage of digital video data on your desktop. But if you have been editing a lot of videos lately, then you must have come across the question as to 'Which is the best format for video editing?' Today we are going to throw light on this issue and help you select the video format which is best suited for post-production like editing and rendering. At the end of the day, the video format you choose needs to be based on the particular social media platform where you wish to share. There is no one size fits all policy and you need to consider the platform you wish to cater to.

Video codecs for editing
Video codecs for editing

Intermediate Codec Format Is Better for Video Editing

When it comes to video editing, some people might think that uncompressed codec should be the best, with the whole intact media data included in. If it were not for the huge file size, it cloud be the one. Let's rethink about it. What we need should be a video format maintaining high quality but in relatively smaller size and using less disk systems. Intermediate codec is the ideal answer. Take a look at the following best intermediate codecs for editing/rendering which have received a thumbs-up from video editors around the globe:

ProRes: Developed by Apple, introduced in Final Cut Studio, and supports up to 8K
DNxHD: Developed by Avid, stored in MXF/QuickTime container, and supports up to 4K
CineForm: Developed by CineForm Inc, wrapped in AVI/MOV, and is an open source video codec used in GoPro Studio

Video codecs for editing
Intermediate video codecs

How to Convert Video to Best Formats for Video Editing?

Re-encoding of videos serves as the only means of converting videos to an ideal editing format. Any time you import a video clip in GoPro Studio for editing, the first step would be converting video to CineForm in AVI. So if you use GoPro Studio, you don't need other assistance. Also to convert video to CineForm, GoPro Studio is a free tool recommended here.

As to convert video to ProRes, the best video editing format for Final Cut Pro, video converter software is needed and this is where we would like to recommend VideoProc for making matters easier for you. This popular video editing software can serve you best while trying to reframe and edit videos. It offers immense video output formats including ProRes (422HQ, 422, 422LT, 422 Proxy, and ProRes 4444) and high-speed transcoding experience powered up by full GPU acceleration.

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A "How-To- Guide" on Converting MP4 to ProRes with VideoProc

VideoProc is a one-stop video processing software which can help users in editing, transcoding, adjusting, resizing and even fine-tuning clips captured by Drone, GoPro, digital camera and even iPhones.

The demand for converting MP4 to Apple ProRes is increasing because of the problem faced by users in importing MP4 files to Final Cut Pro while editing.

This professional non-linear video editor can only import MP4 H.264 format for editing. You will thus not be able to proceed with the same while importing other MP4 formats which are encoded with MPEG-4, H.265 and similar codecs. You can convert MP4 format to ProRes by following the steps mentioned below:

Step 1. Download VideoProc and launch its main interface for selecting the 'Video' option.

Step 2. Now you will have to either add the MP4 file manually or simply by the drag and drop action. You can even proceed with 'Batch Conversion' while importing files in bulk.

Step 3. Select Apple ProRes as an output format from the available output formats, and RUN to start converting MP4 to ProRes.

Convert MP4 to ProRes
Convert MP4 to ProRes

Optional steps: Click on the 'Edit' button can also help users in carrying out desirable editing work. After editing the video, you can add some special effects to render a professional look and feel.

Best Media Formats for File Sharing Online

That's all about the best formats for video editing. But we edit video actually for sharing. So you may also need to know those best formats for file sharing on social sites:

1. JPEG or PNG is the best file format for Image Quality with lossless compression.
2. MP4 is perfect for high quality with suitable compression on most social sites.
3. MOV is best for Mac and Windows but does not support social media platforms.
4. GIFF the best format for small video clip compression without sinking its actual image quality.
5. TIFF is a high-resolution format which renders superb quality while printing images.

Best Video Formats for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Social Media Channels

Best Video Format

Video Size Limit

Frame rate


MP4 or MOV (with AAC audio & H.264 Codec)


30fps or below


MP4 (with H.264 Codec, 3,500 kbps video bitrate & AAC audio)


30fps or below


MP4 (with AAC Low Complexity audio & H.264 Codec)


40fps or below

Instagram IGTV


650MB/3.6GB (large/verified accounts)



Supports most formats


Most frame rate settings

Formats Which Are Most Compatible With YouTube

The following formats are chosed as the best video formats for YouTube.

MP4 – This universal video format can store still images, audio and even video files. They can keep file sizes pretty low while retaining utmost video quality. It makes use of MPEG-4 video encoding and is slowly emerging as a top pick for online sharing. It is compatible with online and mobile browsers and even supports the all new HTML 5 technology.

AVCHD – This file format is meant for people who shoot high-quality clips using digital camcorders for being shared over YouTube and similar social platforms. It is powered by H.264/MPEG-4 video compression technology which allows the storage of premium grade video and that too with minimal data usage.

FLV – It was designed especially for Adobe Flash Video Players and is supported by a variety of video platforms and web browsers. File size remains small making it easy for users to download them. This format supports both progressive and streaming downloads.

MOV – This video format was specially designed for QuickTime Player and can help you store text, audio as well as video effects. However, it tends to make the file size pretty big given the high file quality.


We hope you were benefitted by our today's discussion on the best video formats for video editing. But whatever, be your preferred format, you can convert it easily into the most compatible one using VideoProc. So, try it today and take your video editing skills to professional level.


Jordi D. Rodríguez

Jordi was an amateur tech enthusiast, but now an editor who has published hundreds of stories covering video editing, hardware acceleration, software review and how-tos. He is more like a "tech support" with adventurous soul, eagerly grabbing cutting-edge video technologies off in a professional yet easy-to-understand way. Enjoys gliding, diving, etc.

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