You  might have been confused by MPEG4 vs MP4 .

Is MP4 the short form for MPEG 4?

At first glance it seems so, but it’s not.

Here’s the explanation.

MPEG4 is a video codec.

A codec is the short form for COmpression and DECompression.

When you have a video with a large file size you may use the MPEG4 codec to compress it to a smaller size.

In this way, you can enable playback of it in supported devices, apart from saving on storage space.

MP4, on the other hand doesn’t compress a video file. It’s just a storage or container format.

A video container is where you can store various multimedia files that enhances the experience of viewing a video.

So, within  MP4 you can store audio, video, subtitles and even images.

All this can be managed in a single file.

MPEG4 is for Compression.

MP4 is for Storage (Container).

To understand MPEG4 vs MP4 better please read the introductory articles below.

Read More About Video Codecs

Your Doubts on Video Codecs Explained

Read More About MP4

What You Should Know About MP4