MP4 is used widely in our digital media life as a container of videos. When you watch movies online, upload videos to social media platforms like Instagram, or record videos on smartphones, these videos are mostly in MP4 format. However, do you know what MP4 is? Do you still have questions about MP4? What differences does MP4 have comparing other file formats? How to convert video to MP4 or convert MP4 to other file formats? How to edit MP4 videos? Read this post to get answers.

What is MP4?

According to Wikipedia, MP4’s full name is MPEG-4 Part 14. MP4 is a digital multimedia container format used to store video and audio mostly. Besides, MP4 is also used to store subtitles and still images. MP4 is supported by almost all online websites and offline tools and devices, like Windows and Mac computers, iPhones, iPad, Android phones, smart TV, etc. Thus, if your videos are MP4 files, you do not need to worry about their suitability.

Compare MP4 with Other Formats


MP4 is a file container to store both video and audio, but MP3 only stores the audio. So, MP4 is supported by most video players, and MP3 is supported by music players. And MP3 has a longer history than MP4.


These two file formats are containers to store video and audio. But MP4 is supported by online websites more. MKV is more used when converting homemade DVD and Blu-ray discs to videos. In addition, MKV has higher quality than MP4, leading to the MKV file having a larger size than MP4.


MOV is also a video file, but it is an Apple file format for QuickTime. As for MP4, it is a file format with an international standard, which is available for more devices than MOV. Besides, the size of MP4 is smaller than MOV because MP4 is compressed more, but MOV is higher in quality.

How to Open and Play MP4

You can open and play MP4 on your computer or mobile phone directly. Or you can use these famous players to open and play MP4 on your computer: Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows computers, Apple QuickTime Player for Mac computers, and VLC Media Player for computers with any systems.

How to Convert Video to MP4

If you have some MOV videos and want to play and upload them without limitation, you can try to convert MOV to MP4. Other file format videos can also be converted to MP4.

Convert File to MP4

  • MOV to MP4
  • MKV to MP4
  • WebM to MP4
  • AVI to MP4
  • MP3 to MP4
  • M4A to MP4
  • WMV to MP4
  • FLV to MP4
  • M3U8 to MP4
  • M4V to MP4
  • MPEG to MP4
  • M4A to MP4
  • MPG to MP4
  • VOB to MP4
  • WAV to MP4
  • 3GP to MP4
  • TS to MP4
  • ARF to MP4
  • SWF to MP4
  • QuickTime to MP4
  • MTS/M2TS to MP4
  • MXF to MP4
  • OGV to MP4
  • AVCHD to MP4
  • M3U to MP4
  • OGG to MP4
  • VHS to MP4

Convert MP4 to Other File

  • MP4 to MP3
  • MP4 to WAV
  • MP4 to MOV
  • MP4 to WebM
  • MP4 to AVI
  • MP4 to WMV
  • MP4 to OGG
  • MP4 to WAVE
  • MP4 to MKV
  • MP4 to MPEG
  • MP4 to M4A
  • MP4 to MPG
  • MP4 to 3GP
  • MP4 to OGV
  • MP4 to SWF
  • MP4 to FLV
  • MP4 to AAC
  • MP4 to M4R
  • MP4 to VOB

FAQs About MP4

  • How to crop an MP4 video?

    You can use ArkThinker Video Converter Ultimate to crop MP4 videos with these steps: add MP4 videos to this software, click the Edit icon, choose Rotate & Crop, and select the aspect ratio.

  • How to speed up MP4 videos?

    You can speed up MP4 videos using ArkThinker Video Converter Ultimate. Enter the Toolbox tab, choose Video Speed Controller, add an MP4 video, and choose the speed based on your needs.

  • How to make a GIF from an MP4 video?

    You can use GIF Maker of ArkThinker Video Converter Ultimate to make a GIF from MP4 videos with ease. Click Toolbox and select GIF Maker and Video to GIF. Then you need to import your MP4 video to generate a GIF.


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