1. matyou98's Avatar
    Going through the settings of the camera app there is the option to save photos and videos in a high efficiency format which supposedly captures more detail but still has a smaller file size. This is something that I haven't seen many discussions on. The only downside I see are possible compatibility issues when sharing or viewing these on an older phone or PC. I just set my phone to use these new formats as they seem better than the old formats they replace.

    Any other pros or cons to be aware of?. Do you only use the high efficiency setting for photos but not for videos or vice versa?
    03-17-2020 12:08 AM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    Good question , I've seen them in camera settings also but haven't tested it out
    03-17-2020 12:34 AM
  3. msm0511's Avatar
    I use them for the smaller file size, but certain sites won't allow uploads using them. Here's an article explaining it all:
    https://www.ionos.com/digitalguide/w...ile-format-do/
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    03-17-2020 10:50 AM
  4. matyou98's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses Mustang and msm0511. If I were to guess, I would say most just prefer to leave it at the standard .jpg option as there is nothing wrong with it. For the heck of it I held my s20 ultra still on a table and took the same photo in both formats. Looked at both on my 27" PC monitor. I would have to say the high efficiency was slightly more colorful and had I not known and just looked at each photo, it still would have been my choice. The file size was better as well. High efficiency version was 5.3 MB and the standard JPG was 7.0 MB. To me I don't need the versatility to share to many different sites, so if there are incompatibilities, I feel the issue is with the site not me. Apple has been using this format as their default for at least 2 years which should be all the pressure any site needs to ensure compatibility with their platform. With HEIF as my default photo format, I am now living in the future, and yes its scary out here!
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    03-17-2020 06:32 PM
  5. Emig5m's Avatar
    Tried it when the S10 first came out but it gave me audio/video sync issues in my video editing software (my video editing software showed the video track and audio track to be different lengths). I couldn't sync it so I went back to the normal codec. It's now a year later so maybe that problem is fixed, don't have the time to try right now.
    03-17-2020 06:35 PM
  6. matyou98's Avatar
    Tried it when the S10 first came out but it gave me audio/video sync issues in my video editing software (my video editing software showed the video track and audio track to be different lengths). I couldn't sync it so I went back to the normal codec. It's now a year later so maybe that problem is fixed, don't have the time to try right now.
    Yeah I don't think the issue is the format, my guess would be your editing software. Might be worth seeing if there is an update. In all likelihood there is a new version of that software that supports the newer formats and you would have to purchase the new version. This would convince most people to stick with what works.
    03-17-2020 06:58 PM
  7. kolyan2k's Avatar
    I use Windows and its not supported i think
    03-17-2020 07:28 PM
  8. matyou98's Avatar
    I use Windows and its not supported i think
    Just like the old days, you can get a Windows codec to add support if your version doesn't have built in support.
    03-17-2020 08:15 PM
  9. kolyan2k's Avatar
    Just like the old days, you can get a Windows codec to add support if your version doesn't have built in support.
    I have to look into this. Maybe I already did. I forgot why I had to switch back to JPEG

    Edit: yes now I remember, that's not why I switched back, but forgot the reason
    03-17-2020 08:48 PM
  10. mustang7757's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses Mustang and msm0511. If I were to guess, I would say most just prefer to leave it at the standard .jpg option as there is nothing wrong with it. For the heck of it I held my s20 ultra still on a table and took the same photo in both formats. Looked at both on my 27" PC monitor. I would have to say the high efficiency was slightly more colorful and had I not known and just looked at each photo, it still would have been my choice. The file size was better as well. High efficiency version was 5.3 MB and the standard JPG was 7.0 MB. To me I don't need the versatility to share to many different sites, so if there are incompatibilities, I feel the issue is with the site not me. Apple has been using this format as their default for at least 2 years which should be all the pressure any site needs to ensure compatibility with their platform. With HEIF as my default photo format, I am now living in the future, and yes its scary out here!
    I will test this out when I get a chance , I'm curious .
    03-17-2020 09:05 PM
  11. matyou98's Avatar
    I will test this out when I get a chance , I'm curious .
    Let me know what you think after testing. I'm going to stick with the high efficiency settings going forward.
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    03-17-2020 10:17 PM
  12. kolyan2k's Avatar
    I remember reading this format is free to store in full original size on Google Photos cloud. Because size is less then what Google uses for "high quality" compression. It was like a system glitch, not sure if its the same now
    03-17-2020 10:31 PM
  13. mustang7757's Avatar
    Let me know what you think after testing. I'm going to stick with the high efficiency settings going forward.
    Ok will do ..
    03-17-2020 11:08 PM

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