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A manifest refers to a text file that describes other files that can be fetched as part of Adaptive Bitrate Streaming (ABR). In HLS, A multivariant playlist (formerly known as a master manifest) describes a list of media playlists (formerly known as rendition manifests) along with the resolution, bitrate, and other details of each rendition. A media playlist describes a list of segments or fragments of video and audio data.

Common manifest formats in include HLS (.m3u8) and MPEG-DASH (.mpd).

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