MMS video stands for sending video files to mobile phones or other devices over MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service). MMS is an extended form of SMS message that includes multimedia files such as images, sound or video. MMS Video is a method whereby videos can be sent to other people using mobile phones.
MMS video gained wide popularity, as more and more MMS-capable camera-phones started to spread. One of the first countries where MMS began to become popular was China. Here the market demand for camera-enabled mobile phones gradually rose over the past decade, and through them, sharing MMS videos with other mobile phone users became trendy. This practice spread unto other countries and MMS video sharing became popular globally.
The delivery of MMS messages happens in a different way compared to SMS messages. MMS messages are delivered to MMS centers where they are stored then forwarded to their final destinations. MMS messages are delivered only if the MMSC determines that the receiver device is capable to view MMS messages. If the device supports it, then the device will be directed to display the content of the MMS message.
There is, however one drawback for MMS messages since file attachment has a limit of a few hundred kilobytes. As with computers, cell phones operate with files that have their own file size, which is measured in kilobytes (kb) or megabytes (MB). Note that the file size limitation varies between service providers. Some allow only multimedia content that does not surpass 300 kb, others allow 1000 kb, or more. With images, this could be satisfactory, but with video files, the user must carefully observe the length of the file, not to allow it to surpass the kilobyte limit.
Generally 2G networks, like GSM had more limitation on the file size of MMS messages. With the introduction of 3G, such as the UMTS network, there is now more room for attaching larger files up to a few megabytes. This allows lengthier videos to be sent to other mobile phones that also use 3G networks.
The following list shows the supported video formats that can be sent as MMS messages:
.mp4 video/mp4 .mov video/mov .avi video/avi .mpg video/mpg .flv video/x-flv .divx video/divx .movie video/movie .qti video/qti .qtif video/qtif .r3t video/r3t .r1m video/rlm .rec video/rec .rpm video/rpm .ogm video/x-ogm
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