High Efficiency Image File Format
The High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a container format for storing individual images, images of sequences are stored too. Other media are included as well, such as the timed text, audio and video. Launched in 2015, it was developed by the MPEG alliance.
When it comes to both compression and image quality, HEIC files win out over JPEG. The HEIC format can actually enhance the quality of photos with transparency and a broader dynamic range capabilities.
A HEIF file takes up roughly half the space of a JPEG without reducing the quality of the actual image. While the image uses smarter, more modern compression algorithms, it's only small on space, keeping just as many megapixels and details intact
Devices running Android 10 support the HEIC compressed image format, a high efficiency video encoding (HEVC) specific brand of the high efficiency image file format (HEIF) as specified in ISO/IEC 23008-12. HEIC-encoded images offer better image quality with smaller file sizes as compared to JPEG files.
You can open HEIF files in Apple Preview and Apple Photos (macOS High Sierra and later) and iOS Photos (iOS 11 and later). On Windows, HEIF files can be opened by Windows 10 devices with the HEIF Image and HEVC Video Extensions installed from the Microsoft Store. You can also install CopyTrans HEIC for Windows, which allows Windows programs, such as Windows Explorer and Windows Photo Viewer, to open HEIF files. HEIF files can also be opened in Windows using Zoner Photo Studio X.
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