MPEG-4 and Confusion

You  might have been confused by vs MP4 .

Is MP4 the short form for MPEG 4?

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

Here’s the explanation.

MPEG-4 is a Video Codec

MPEG-4 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 MPEG-4 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 is a Container Format

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.

The MPEG-4 -MP4 Confusioin Cleared

MPEG4 is for Compression.

MP4 is for Storage (Container).

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

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