Sean is an e-learning developer in a large automobile company. Over the last few years, his organization developed hundreds of e-learning videos in Flash. These videos went a long way in imparting good training to its staff. However, the advent of the mobile age has rendered these web-based learning resources redundant because they cannot be accessed on the latest smartphones and tablets used by the staff. So, Sean’s boss asked him to make the Flash-based online learning videos accessible on mobile devices.
Stories such as this are quite common in the corporate training world. How can e-learning developers make videos developed in Flash mobile-compatible? Those videos need to be converted to the MP4 format.
What is MP4?
MP4 is a digital container format that can hold audio and video content as well as images and subtitles, in a single file. Unlike Flash, MP4 is a universal format. This means an e-learning video, published in the MP4 format can be accessed on all devices.
What are the other advantages of using the MP4 format?
1. The quality of MP4 videos is near identical to those of original DVD videos
This is one of the biggest advantages of using the MP4 format. Videos published in this format are of better quality, compared to their Flash counterparts. By converting their Flash-based online learning videos into MP4, organizations can take advantage of the higher quality of the format and deliver superior learning experiences.
2. Content published in the MP4 format can be streamed on mobile devices
Flash, due to its incompatibility with mobile platforms, cannot be used to develop streaming videos for smartphones and tablets. This has led to the emergence of MP4 as the predominant format to create streaming video-based technology-enabled learning materials for the mobile.
3. Videos published in the MP4 format can be shared very easily on mobiles
Collaborative learning is the order of the day. Companies are encouraging their staff members to share learning content, and videos are no exception. With the massive proliferation of the “mobile Internet”, most online collaborative learning activities are taking place on smartphones and tablets.
E-learning videos, published in the MP4 format, can be shared through mobile devices, seamlessly. The growth in the adoption of mobile-based technology-enabled collaborative learning methodologies is one of the reasons Flash is losing ground in the L&D world.
4. MP4 can be used to develop videos for multilingual learners
The advent of globalization has resulted in the need to train multilingual workforce. The MP4 format, unlike Flash, can be used to develop online learning videos for multilingual staff. This is because the MP4 format can be used to store sub-titles, which help learners comprehend the video, even if presented in a language other than their own.
Videos are a popular form of e-learning content. Organizations can give their Flash-based online learning videos a new lease of life by converting them to the mobile-compatible MP4 format. What are you planning to do with your Flash videos? Try MP4. It won’t disappoint you.