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 file

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 file
  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 file 

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