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ASF, Advanced System Format (.asf)

 

The .asf file format

ASF was formally known as Active Streaming Format or the Advanced Streaming Format. It was created by Microsoft. It is specifically designed for streaming Audio Visual content. ASF files are containers for media streaming and normally Windows Media Audio or Windows Media Video files are found within ASF files.ASF has been replaced by WMV

 

.asf technical details

ASF files contain audio and video. It can also contain metadata just as MP3 does. This therefore allows the definition of an artist, album and so on. This file format allows streaming in a similar way to other formats. This allows the user to view the file once a certain amount of bytes have been downloaded. As the user watches, the file continues to download. One disadvantage of this file is that the maximum resolution is relatively small because it is designed for streaming

 

Additional information about ASF file format

File extension .ASF
File category VIDEO
Useful links https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd757562(v=vs.85).aspx
http://whatis.techtarget.com/fileformat/ASF-Microsoft-Advanced-Streaming-Format
File conversion Convert a file to ASF
Developer Microsoft
Associated programs VLC Media Player Real Player Windows Media Player