GIF is a format for the exchange of images. It is a popular format graphics. Capable of storing compressed data without loss of quality in the format of not more than 256 colors. GIF format was developed in 1987 (GIF87a) by company CompuServe for transferring raster images over networks. In 1989, the format has been modified (GIF89a), have been added support transparency and animation.
Is a multimedia format container which is widely used for packaging video and audio streams, posters, subtitles and metadata. Exists support for streaming. Metadata is sent with the file, which contains all information necessary for broadcasting. Exists possibility to pack multiple streams simultaneously and MPEG-4 standard, which belongs to the format, supports a reasonable amount of data formats.