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MPEG file format

File extension
.mpeg
File category
Programs
Windows Movie Maker
VLC Video Player
Apple iTunes
Quicktime Player
Main program
Windows Media Player
Description
MPEG-1 (Moving Picture Experts Group file extension) is a standard for lossy compression of audio and video. It is created to compress VHS-quality raw digital video and CD audio down to 1.5 Mbit/s without excessive quality loss, making video CDs, digital cable/satellite TV, and digital audio broadcasting possible. It is one of the most popular and widely compatible video/audio formats in the world.
Technical details
MPEG-1 is made to code video and related audio for storage of about 1.5 Mbits/s, which enables encoding to a CD or low-quality DVD. MPEG -2 was designed for high-quality television. MPEG-3, which was made for higher resolution in HDTV, was afterward combined with MPEG-2 as they are very similar. MPEG-4 is used for graphical content for computers, and compression and coding are much more efficient.