An mp4 file extension is typically used for MPEG-4 multimedia files defined by ISO 14496-1 standard. Commonly used for video and movie files and supported by vast number of media players.

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MP4 file extension - MPEG-4 video file format

What is mp4 file? How to open mp4 files?

File type specification:

Digital video and movie file type icon Digital video and movie file type

mp4 file icon: mp4 filetype icon

The mp4 file extension is used mainly for the MPEG-4 multimedia file format.

The MPEG-4 file format, as defined by the MPEG-4 specification, contains MPEG-4 encoded video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC)-encoded audio content. It typically uses the mp4 file extension for its files.

These *.mp4 files are in a container format defined in the Systems Part of the MPEG-4 standard (ISO 14496-1). The .mp4 files support all kinds of multimedia content (multiple audio streams, video streams, subtitle streams, pictures) and advanced content (called "Rich Media" or "BIFS") like 2D and 3D graphics, user interactivity, DVD-like menus. The MP4 file format is also streamable.

The MP4 is the most common file extension used for the MPEG-4 format. A .mp4 file may contain both audio and video, while files with m4a file extension contain only audio tracks and those with m4v file extension contain video data. m4r file extension is used for MP4 ringtones in iPhone smart phones and there is also m4b file extension. for audio books.

The MP4 format is also used by Native Instruments Stems audio files (stem file extension, or stem.mp4 file extension) for digital DJ performance. All those formats use the same MPEG-4 technology.

The MPEG-4 is an International Standards Organization (ISO) specification that covers many aspects of multimedia presentation including compression, authoring and delivery. Although video compression and file container definition are two separate and independent entities of the MPEG-4 specification, many people incorrectly believe that the two are interchangeable. You can implement only portions of the MPEG-4 specification and remain compliant with the standard.

MIME types:
video/mp4

The default software associated to mp4 file type:

QuickTime Player icon

Apple, Inc. logo QuickTime Player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Apple, Inc.

QuickTime Player is multimedia player from Apple used to playback multimedia in QuickTime File Format (QTFF) as well as other multimedia file formats such as 3GPP (mobile multimedia), MPEG-4 HD-DVD and Blu-ray, H.264.

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logo VLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  VideoLAN Project Team

VLC media player is very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

VLC media player for Mac icon

VideoLAN Project Team logo VLC media player for Mac  Apple Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  VideoLAN Project Team

VLC media player for Mac is popular multimedia player that supports variety of audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and streaming protocols.

QuickTime Player for Mac icon

Apple, Inc. logo QuickTime Player for Mac  Apple Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Apple, Inc.

QuickTime Player is a native part of Apple's Mac OS X operating system. QuickTime Player is a great application for playing media content, including HD (high definition) video in OS X. QuickTime Player supports many modern codecs and file formats.

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Help how to open MP4 files:

The native application, that is used to open and play .mp4 files is the Apple QuickTime, but a great number of other media players on all platforms can play the MP4 format, such as Microsoft Windows Media Player, Roxio Toast, Winamp, NERO suite, BSPlayer and more.

How to convert file with extension MP4:

Many media and video converters are able to convert MP4 video format to another video formats.

Find conversions from mp4 file:

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List of software applications associated to the .mp4 file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open mp4 file, edit mp4 file, convert mp4 file, view mp4 file, play mp4 file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Hint:
Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the mp4 files.

  • Open mp4 file
  • Save mp4 file
  • Edit mp4 file
  • Play mp4 file
  • Convert mp4 file
  • Create mp4 file
  • Import mp4 file
  • Export mp4 file

Software that open mp4 file - MPEG-4 video file format

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