Appendix 4-E. Best Formats for AHRQ Video Products
(As of May 1, 2012)
Select to access prior video format requirements. Projects that began prior to May 1, 2012, may adhere to either version. Projects that begin after May 1, 2012, must use these formats.
requires that videos produced on behalf of the Agency be delivered in the
formats below. Before beginning a video project, consult with an Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer (OCKT) managing
editor to determine which formats will apply to your project. The managing
editor will help determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether other formats will
meet AHRQ's requirements.
An uncompressed .MOV file at one of the
(NTSC) for SD (Standard Definition).
x 720 (NTSC) for HD (High Definition).
x 1080 (NTSC) for HD (High Definition).
Master .MOV files should not contain embedded
captioning. AHRQ requires uncompressed .MOV files to produce files in other
sizes or formats as required for Agency use. These files will be large and are
likely to require a thumb drive or hard drive to deliver the final product to
compressed Windows® video file, such as Windows Media® 640x480, with captions/subtitles
embedded in the video file. These videos may be used for public presentation or
viewing, which require captions/subtitles. For example, Agency staff may use
them with a PowerPoint® presentation.
video for the Web should meet the following requirements:
File Type: .FLV (Flash) without embedded captioning.
file: .XML (or .dfxp) with time codes linked to video file. Time
codes must indicate elapsed time measured from the beginning of the video.
Preferred format is 00:00:00.00, corresponding to HH:MM:SS.00.
display size: Approximately 720 x 480 (SD), preferably the same size as the
size: 5 to 12 MB per minute, depending on video size and resolution.
of Flash videos demonstrating these requirements are found at:
All delivered videos must be captioned.
Captions must be synchronized with the video content. Additionally, AHRQ
requires time-stamped captions of the audio portion of the video. Captions
should be sent in a Microsoft® Word® document or other Windows-readable format.
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