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MP4, officially known as the MPEG-4 Part 14, is a multimedia format for storing digital video and audio. It can also contain still images and text. The International Organization for Standardization developed the format as part of the MPEG-4 compression method. It was released in 2001 and was extended from the QuickTime file format. Its filename extension is .mp4.

MP4 is the most popular format for digital video distribution, being the standard in the industry. Allowing streaming over the Internet, most videos hosted on the Web are in this format.

Advantages

  • MP4 files are smaller than other formats.
  • MP4 is an open format, which means you can use it free.
  • Since MP4 is compatible with practically all devices, it is the best option to distribute video.
  • It supports metadata.

Disadvantages

  • MP4 has lower video quality than uncompressed formats.
  • MP4 is not a suitable format for video editing.

How does MP4 work?

The MP4 format is a digital container, also known as metafile or wrapper.

Multimedia containers embed audio and video into a single file, allowing simultaneous playback of both. They can contain other kinds of data, like images, metadata, and text.

FAQs

What formats can MP4 contain?

It's possible to embed practically all kinds of data in MP4 files. The container format is compatible with several audio and video formats.

The most popular are AAC, ALS, Opus, and MP3 for audio, and HEVC and AVC for video.


Does MP4 use compression?

Mp4 is a lossy format. That means it uses lossy compression to reduce data size considerably to make the files smaller.

The compression lowers the quality slightly, but it's still more than acceptable.


Are MP4 and M4A the same format?

MP4 and M4A are the same formats (MPEG-4), but they are not equal in terms of content.

M4A refers to audio-only files, whereas MP4 is multimedia. They don't have the same filename extension to clarify the distinction.


Are MP4 and M4A the same format?

MP4 and M4A are the same formats (MPEG-4), but they are not equal in terms of content.

M4A refers to audio-only files, whereas MP4 is multimedia. They don't have the same filename extension to clarify the distinction.


Is MP4 the best multimedia format?

If you're looking for small file sizes and have zero issues when opening the file, then yes. MP4 is the best video format out there.

Other formats, however, defeat MP4 in terms of video quality. But they are not as supported as MP4.