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MP4 file format

File extension
.mp4
File category
Programs
Microsoft Windows Media Player
VLC media player
MPlayer
Eltima Elmedia Player
Winamp
Apple QuickTime Player
Apple iTunes
Description

MP4 is one of the popular digital multimedia formats. The original name is MPEG-4 Part 14. It is one of the most versatile digital multimedia formats because it can play both video and audio files.

Besides, you can use MP4 file formats for many other purposes, such as streaming over the Internet and storing still images.

The characteristics of MP4 files include but are not limited to:

  1. MP4 file formats are mostly preferred by users because of the versatile use that includes playing audio and video files.
  2. You can use MP4 to stream or watch live events over the Internet.
  3. MP4 file stores multiple data types, such as audio, video, scene descriptors, and object descriptors.
Technical details

How to create and how to open an MP4 file

You can create an MP4 file by recording video with your device or by using certain software.

You can also use various converters to convert videos to MP4 file formats.

How to Open an MP4 File

Almost all the video players open an MP4 file because MP4 is a standardized digital file format.

You can open an MP4 file in several ways, such as using either the Windows Media PlayerorVLC Media Player.

Some of the others that can open the MP4 file are QuickTime (for macOS), MPlayer, VLC Media Player, and X Codec Pack.

Which other formats MP4 can be converted into and why

MP4 is widely used as a video file format because of the efficient video compression scheme that prevents data loss when converting.

Besides, you can use a lot of tools to seamlessly convert your MP4 file to another file format. Some of the popular video formats are:

  1. 1. m4w
  2. 2. mkw
  3. 3. mov
  4. 4. avi
  5. 5. flv

MP4 is supported by almost any device that is able to play video. However sometimes a user might need to convert it to another format. MKV is well known for being able to store a huge amount of information like dozens of audio streams and subtitles. WMV format provides better compression than MP4 does.

MIME type
audio/mp4
video/mp4