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Common Intermediate Format, an international standard for video display formats developed by TSS. The QCIF format, which employs half the CIF spatial resolution in both horizontal and verticle directions, is the mandatory H.261 format. QCIF is used for most desktop videoconferencing applications where head and shoulder pictures are sent from desk to desk. QCIF displays 176 pixels grouped in 144 non-interlaced luminance lines.

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