.MP4 File Extension

MPEG-4 Part 14

The MP4 file format defines extensions over the ISO Base Media File Format. These support MPEG-4 codecs and features like scenes. Some extensions are used by other ISO base media formats too. A list o...

General Information

Title MP4 File Extension
Extension .mp4
Full Form MPEG-4 Part 14
File Type Digital Multimedia Container
Developer Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)
MIME Type video/mp4

File Function

Primary Function Store multimedia
Additional Functions Stream over Internet
Features High compression, Good quality

File Characteristics

Quality Highly variable
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Video Sharing Yes
Streaming Services Yes
Multimedia Playback Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malicious code injection
Best Practices Regular updates, Antivirus

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2001
ISO Standard ISO/IEC 14496-14:2003

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .m4a, .m4v, .f4v, .f4p, .f4a, .f4b

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
VLC Media Player Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
Apple QuickTime Player Free Mac, Windows
Adobe Premiere Pro Subscription Windows, Mac
Windows Media Player Free Windows