Open MP4 File – What is and How to Play – Format and Programs

  • File type: Audio Files
  • Description: MPEG-4 Part 14
  • File format: Proprietary


MP4 is a digital multimedia format. MP4 files are movie or other video pictures that use the MPEG-4 compression algorithm container format.

MPEG-4 compression is a standard that was developed by the well known Moving Pictures Experts Group consortium (MPEG) . This is commonly used for sharing files wit the .MP4 extension over the Internet.

mp4 format

How to open MP4 files

  1. Locate your .mp4
  2. If you are using a computer, double click on it or right click on it.
  3. If you are using a mobile device tap on it.
  4. In the open with option select a program from the list.
  5. If there is not any program you will have to download and install it.
  6. You can see a list in the next section.

Programs to Open mp4 files 

You can play these files with this extension using one of the following software:

  • Media Creator
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • Roxio Easy
  • Windows Movie Maker.
  • Photos App.
  • MiniTool Movie Maker.
  • iMovie.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
  • Openshot.
  • Lightworks.
The MP4 video format usually uses a separate compression for video tracks and separate for audio.
The video is generally compressed using the MPEG-4 encoding algorithms whereas the audio is generally compressed using the AAC compression algorithm.

Problems opening?

If you have problems you can try the following:

  • Run your antivirus to ensure the files are not corrupted.
  • Download again and reinstall the software.
  • Check your computer for performance issues.
  • Try another editor from the list.
  • Convert to another compatible format. See the section below for more information about the possible conversions available.



You can convert this format to the following related formats:

  • WMA
  • JPG
  • M4V
  • MPG
  • WMV
  • GIF
  • VOB
  • TS
  • MOV
  • MTS
  • PPTX
  • ASF
  • M4A
  • MP3
  • MPEG
  • FLV
  • 3GP
  • WEBM
  • MKV
  • AVI
  • OGG
  • WAV
  • PDF
  • MOD