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 Encoded today Bitrate Directory Other info
Small Flash 320 x 240 320 x 180 25 .flv     small_flash Flash 8 encoded, low quality small preview file.
Small QT 320 x 240 320 x 180 25 .mov     small_qt QuickTime H.264. Fast start.
Video Podcast 640 x 480 640 x 360 SD:25, HD:50 .m4v * 1.5 Mb/s medium_podcast 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 * 3 Mb/s medium_mpeg1 MPEG-1 encoded, good quality, medium file for download (suitable for PowerPoint).
Medium Flash 640 x 480 640 x 360 25 .flv * 1.5 Mb/s medium_flash Flash 8 encoded
Large QT 768 x 576 720 x 405 25 .mov * 2 Mb/s large_qt 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 * 30 Mb/s broadcast_sd MXF-HD source, DV Type 2 SD-Source
HD HD & Apple TV Preview N/A 1280 x 720 25 .m4v * 5 Mb/s hd_and_apple MPEG4 H.264. Suitable for Apple TV. Fast start, .m4v
Full HD Preview 1080p N/A 1920 x 1080 25 .mp4 * 7 Mb/s hd_1080p25_screen MPEG 4 h264
Full HD Broadcast 1080p N/A 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 25 .avi, .mxf * 7200 Mb/s hd_1080p25_broadcast Grass Valley HQX codec in an AVI wrappe. This file format is for broadcasters and the files can be imported by non-linear editing systems and edited.
Ultra HD 4K Ultra HD Preview H.264 N/A 3840 x 2160 25 .mp4 * 20 Mb/s ultra_hd MPEG4 H.264
4K Ultra HD Preview H.265 N/A 3840 x 2160 25 .mkv * 30 Mb/s ultra_hd_h265 MPEG4 H.265, high quality (only offered in special cases, playable in latest DivX player)
4K Ultra HD Broadcast N/A 3840 x 2160 25 .avi * 7200 Mb/s ultra_hd_broadcast Grass Valley HQX codec in an AVI wrapper
Dome Fulldome Master N/A 4096 x 4096 (sometimes 3600 x 3600) 30 (sometimes 25) .jpgs. Zipped with Winzip. * ~1000 Mb/s dome_master 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.
Fulldome Preview N/A 1024 x 1024 30 .mp4 * 12 Mb/s dome_preview MPEG4 H.264



On these pages you find overviews of some of Hubble video clips produced by the ESA/HUbble.

The animations can be downloaded in different sizes and qualities.


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


Comparison chart

Below you can compare the relation between the different provided video formats. The "4K" (i.e. "Ultra HD"), is equivalent to a horizontal resolution on the order of 4000 pixels.