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MP4 file format

File extension
.mp4
File category
Description
The MP4 files (MPEG-4 part 14 files) are the multimedia files used with multiple stations and video players simultaneously. They can store digital audio streams and digital video, and other suitable amounts of data like subtitle tracks. MP4 video format is a widespread file format due to its very own container format. It is also used with multiple platforms such as iTunes, PlayStation, and portable PSP. It is also a popular file format for streaming over the Internet. For instance, YouTube videos have MP4 extension.
Technical details
The technical details of MP4 files differ in significant aspects and are unique as well, first released in 2001 under ISO/IEX 14496-1:2001 standards. It uses an AAC encoding to wear off unauthorized users from copying the data. The main purpose is streaming rather than sending video or audio information. MP4 files can be used to store audio streams and text information, subtitles, and still images. At the same time, MPEG format can’t do this. Anyhow the processing of data into MPEG-4 part 14 requires private streams such as the use of hint tracks to include the information.
Programs
Microsoft Windows Media Player
VLC media player
MPlayer
Eltima Elmedia Player
Winamp
Apple QuickTime Player
Apple iTunes
Developer
Moving Picture Experts Group
MIME type
audio/mp4
video/mp4