MP4 vs SWF

SWF is a vector graphics file format which developed by Macromedia and Adobe systems for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript. SWF files can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function.

MP4 is a multimedia container format standard specified as a part of MPEG-4. MPEG-4 files with audio and video generally use the standard .mp4 extension. It is most commonly used to store digital video and digital audio streams.

Summary:
1. SWF is widely used for displaying "animated" vector graphics on the Web.
2. MP4 supports subtitles, menus, chapters while SWF doesn’t.
3. Both MP4 and SWF are lossy formats which sacrifices quality for file size.
4. Apple devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod support MP4 files, but do not support SWF.
5. MP4 is the industry standard with better quality and has more widespread support than SWF.

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