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Please tell me about GIF, WebP, WebM file formats.
The GIF format is the most common image file format used in the Internet along with the JPEG (JPG) format.
It is well-supported by all browsers as it has been a long time since its development. Also, GIFs have been frequently used as motion images for banners on a several websites.
It is also used as short and small-sized motion images, instead of videos. After all, GIFs can be saved as an animated file that includes video-like movement, which is actually a series of images that is automatically and endlessly repeated.
GIFs have a limit so that they can only express 256 colors. Therefore, the expression of high-definition images is limited. As such, a lot of animated GIFs created by existing programs suffer from severe image-quality deterioration.
However, Honeycam can create ultra-high-definition animated GIFs that are close to the original video. Honeycam does this by minimizing this undesired effect through simultaneous optimization and dithering of 256 colors.
Google developed this new image format to solve the problem with decreased efficiency in compression as the existing GIF format was developed way back in the past.
Compared to the GIF format, WebP has great efficiency in compression. Also, the size of a WebP animated file is reduced by up to 1/10.
However, not many browsers support this format. Moreover, the Google Chrome browser and some browsers based on Chrome only support this format. Files saved as WebP can be viewed with Chrome browser
This is a video format developed by Google. It uses VP8 and VP9 video codecs, and it shows a compression efficiency that is similar to H.264. As it was developed as a video format instead of an image format, it can be played on browsers by using the < Video > tag of HTML5. Just like WebP, only Google Chrome and some browsers based on Chrome support this format. Moreover, audio is not supported if a file is created as a WebM format using Honeycam.
Files saved as WebM can be viewed with Chrome browser
or VLC Media Player
A comparison between GIF, WebM and Webp image format
GIF image format (930KB)
WebP image format (132KB)
Compared to the GIF format, WebP has great efficiency in compression.
The above image can be viewed with Chrome browser or Honeyview.
WebM image format (75KB)
Compared to the GIF format, WebM has great efficiency in compression.
The above image can be viewed with Chrome browser or VLC Media Player.