January 19, 2022

PubMed Central (PMC) Now Including Converted Multimedia Files in Downloads of Open Access Subset Articles

From a PubMed Central E-Mail:

As you might know, PMC converts some multimedia files within the supplementary materials of articles in its collection into formats that are amenable to serving on the web. Recently we have begun to include these converted versions of these resources, for the open-access subset, in the archive files for these articles.


The PLoS Biology article, “Migratory Sleeplessness in the White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii)”, PMC449897, contains four supplemental videos. These can be retrieved in converted formats, as follows:

  • Extract it, and you will see the originals (.mov) as well as three converted versions for each of the four videos.
  • The converted files use the filename suffix “-pmcvs_normal” to indicate that these are PMC converted versions.

See Also: Learn More About the PMC Open Access Subset

See Also: PMC Open Access Web Service

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