What is motion jpeg?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mlomeli, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. mlomeli macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Excuse the ignorance, but reading a thread on the accessories page, it states the camera adapter will read motion jpeg. What exactly is motion jpeg? Is it video files from a point and shoot camera or do all flash memory based camcorders record in motion jpeg?

    Again, forgive the ignorance. Probanly something I know...or should know.

  2. ac4lt macrumors member


    Sep 19, 2006
    Broadlands, VA
  3. mlomeli thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Hey smoknyreyz, that's very helpful. I'll have to look onto that website, Google, or whatever it is...is it new?

    I guess I should have worded it differently, as that new Google site, as mentioned above didn't satisfy my question.

    Looking at camcorders, all I see is they record onto flash or hard drive, as I'm looking to upgrade. But it doesn't mention anything about motion jpeg, .avi, etc...when looking at the specs. Should I just assume, it's motion jpeg?
  4. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    mlomeli, smoky's link actually did give you an answer

    Look at the first entry... Gives a definition.
  5. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    From what I've run into, MJPEG tends to be used by point and shoot cameras as a way to capture video. If you're looking to upgrade into HD, digital camcorders these days will normally use MPEG2 and AVCHD.

    I'm run into several situations that editing software won't open MJPEG. It has to be converted to another format to be edited.
  6. mlomeli thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Thank you. This is what i was looking for. I guess I'll just keep my p&s around, just for video.
  7. wmitz macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2005
    motion jpeg not only in old cameras

    Just as an FYI, the motion jpeg is still the format of choice by many of the latest digital cameras (e.g., panasonic lumix). But it's still not clear if the newest macs with iphoto in snow leopard will open these mjpeg videos.
  8. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    I can test this tomorrow. I just got the new Panasonic DMC-ZS7 today. I also have a new MBP with the i7 processor and iMovie 2009.

    I imported one video that I tried out in AVCHD (it worked perfectly, BTW), but will try Motion JPEG tomorrow.

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