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What is MP4 File Extension and How to Open it?

What is an MP4 File?

Files with the MP4 File Extension are known as the MPEG-4 video file format. MP4 is one of those common video file formats used for downloading and streaming videos from the internet. MP4 file format is a highly versatile and compressed video file format that can also save audio, subtitles, and images. These files were generated under the standard ISO/IEC 14496-12:2001 by ISO/IEC and MPEG that stands for Motion Picture Experts Group. MP4 file format has become an international standard for audio-visual coding just because of this standard.

                    The very high compression degree used in MP4 videos permits the files to be much smaller in size than the other video formats. By reducing the file size, it does not immediately impact the quality of the File. It retains almost all the original quality, making an MP4 file a portable and web-friendly video file format.

Methods To Open MP4 File

Method 1: Using The Default Media Players

  • Acquire the video.

Download your Mp4 File from a trusted website, retrieve it from the USB drive, or simply open it from your computer’s hard drive. It is important to know the filename that it is saved and the location where it is saved. Click on the “File” tab and then tap the “Open” command and select the MP4 File from your File Browser.

  • Double-click on the File

After the video has been located in your OS, double click on the icon to play the MP4 File. If you double-click on the left click the video, your default media player will activate and play your video.

  • Install the decoder pack or codec

Firstly, Install the Microsoft recommended DirectShow-compatible MPEG-4 decoder packs.

  • Right Tap on the icon of the video

Instead of a double click on the MP4 File if you are running the Windows OS,  you can also right-tap on the MP4 File to select what media player you would like to use to open your video. This will bring down the dropdown list.

  • Click on the “Open With” option

From the dropdown list, a new cascade window will then open. A list of video players will then come up. They most likely consist of the “Windows Media Player” and any third-party media player installed on the device.

  • Click on the Windows Media Player

When you have downloaded a codec or a decoder pack, your desired MP4 video will get opened in windows.

Method 2: By Downloading The Third Party Media Players

  • Download a media player from a trusted website
  • Go to the “Properties” tab

Change your default media player by visiting the “Properties” tab and select the “General Tab,” then click on the “Change” tab and then select your chosen media player and click on the “OK” button.

  • Right-click to select the media player

Instead of double-tap on the MP4 File, you can also right-tap on the MP4 File to select the third party media player if you are running the Windows OS. This will bring up a dropdown list.

  • Click on the “Open With” tab

From the dropdown list, a new cascade window will open. A list of video players will then come up with the third party media player installed. Click on the desired media player, and your MP4 File will be opened.

  • Use editing software to open MP4 files

More advanced users can use editing software such as Camtasia to edit the video or audio files.

Steps to convert on VLC an MP4 file to an AVI file

You can easily convert VLC an MP4 file to an AVI file by these simple three steps:

Step 1: Firstly, Launch VLC on your device

Run VLC media player, and then click on the “Media” and “Open Multiple Files ”option on the main UI.

Step 2: Select the MP4 file format as the output format

After selecting the “Convert” tab, you’ll come to the “Convert” interface, then select the “Audio – MP3 (MP4)” under the “Profile” dropdown menu.

Step 3: Select the AVI file format as the output file format. After selecting the “Convert” tab, you’ll come to the “Convert” interface and then select the “Video -DIV3 + MP3 (ASF)”

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