Deconstructing Digital Video for Activists


Understanding  codecs, frame sizes, frame rates, and more.


What is a video format? A codec? What do 1080 and 720 refer to? What about “i” and “p”?

In this video, archivist and writer of WITNESS’ award winning guide, Yvonne Ng, provides an overview of the key technical characteristics of digital video for everyday users with visual examples.

Learn more about archiving in our Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video.

Translations: Also available on YouTube with subtitles in Arabic and Spanish. Click the “CC” button to turn them on.

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