common intermediate format



  • noun a standard for video images that displays an image 352 pixels wide and 288 pixels high.


  • (written as Common Intermediate Format)
    Its abbreviation is CIF. A video format which supports both NTSC and PAL signals, and which is used in videoconferencing. Each CIF format is defined by its resolution, the original CIF standard specifying 288 lines and 352 pixels per line, at 30 frames per second. 16CIF, for instance, supports a resolution of 1408 × 1152, at 30 frames per second.