Cinepak's compression method includes the video signal and the audio signal. The videos are compressed with a colour depth of 24 bits, with a compression factor of approx. 8:1. The resolution is normally 320 x 240 pixels, the frame rate 15 Hz.
In the Cinepak codec, differential images are generated from a video sequence and compressed. Cinepak formats can be recognized by the extensions *.avi and *.mov for Quicktime.