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RDS@UF: Non-print Formats

Resource Description Services department procedures and policies

Last reviewed March 2024 by Greg Allen

Non-Print Formats


  • DVD Video - (an abbreviation of digital versatile disc) is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed in 1995. The medium can store any kind of digital data and is widely used for software and other computer files as well as video programs watched using DVD players.
  • BluRay -
    • an optical disk format for high-definition video was released in 2006.
    • The discs themselves are the same size as DVDs (120mm), but are capable of storing 25 GB per layer, with dual-layer discs being the industry standard for movies on Blu-ray Disc.
  • VHS - (short for Video Home System) is a standard for consumer-level analog video recording on tape cassettes. ... Optical disc formats later began to offer better quality than analog consumer video tape such as VHS and S-VHS.
  • Video CD (VCD) - (abbreviated as VCD, and also known as Compact Disc Digital Video) is a home video format and the first format for distributing films on standard 120 mm (4.7 in) optical discs.
  • Streaming - Video streaming is a continuous transmission of video files from a server to a client. Video streaming enables users to view videos online without having to download them. Streamed video content can include movies, TV shows, YouTube videos and livestreamed content. Services such as Netflix and Hulu have had great success in streaming videos to subscribers.
  • Guide for Cataloging video formats


  • eBook - An ebook (short for electronic book), also known as an e-book or eBook, is a book publication made available in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on the flat-panel display of computers or other electronic devices.
  • Computer program -
  • Multimedia -

Music CD

Microforms - a general term used to describe the microfilm, microfiche, or microprints used for the storage of documents that have been photographed and reduced in size in order to conserve space or to preserve materials that deteriorate rapidly.

  • Microfilm - Long strips of transparent plastic, containing photographed pages, rolled onto reels.
  • Microfiche - Rectangular sheets of transparent plastic, containing rows of images of printed pages. They are stored in envelopes (sleeves) and hold up to 98 page images per fiche).
  • Super-fiche - Rectangular sheets of transparent plastic, containing rows of images of printed pages. They are stored in envelopes and can hold up to 500 page images per fiche.
  • Microprint (AKA micro-opaque or micro-card) - Rectangular sheets of card stock stored in boxes or in envelopes (sleeves). Though an obsolete microformat, the Libraries retain numerous collections on microprint.


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