I often need on other StackExchange sites to talk about file formats.

I believe that current means like recent.

Can I say current video file format to talk about file format often used, when it's the regularity which is important and not the novelty?

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    Recent means not long ago. Current means right now. Feb 26, 2014 at 23:51

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"Current" video file format refers to the format the file is in at the time of writing. If you want to talk about file formats that are regularly used, use "common", "standard", or "default". Or if it's your own preference, not an industry preference, use "preferred" or "habitual".

  • "The current video file format" -> the format the file is in right now
  • "The standard video file format" -> the format most files are generally in
  • "The preferred video file format" -> the format you or your team or product prefers

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