What is an MPEG File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert MPEG Files

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A file with the MPEG file extension (pronounced as "em-peg") is an MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) Video file.

Videos in this format are compressed using either MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 compression. This makes MPEG files popular for online distribution; they can be streamed and downloaded quicker than some other video formats.

Note: Some MPEG video files use the .MPG or .MPE suffix.

How To Open an MPEG File

MPEG files can be opened with many different multi-format media players, like Windows Media Player, VLC, QuickTime, iTunes, and Winamp.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the MPEG file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open MPEG files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an MPEG File

Your best bet for converting an MPEG file is to look through this list of Free Video Converter Programs and Online Services to find one that supports MPEG files, like Any Video Converter.

Zamzar is one free online MPEG converter that runs in a web browser to convert MPEG to MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, WMV, and other video formats, including audio formats like MP3, FLAC, WAV, and AAC.

FileZigZag is another example of an online and free file converter that supports the MPEG format.

If you want to burn an MPEG to a DVD, you can use Freemake Video Converter. Load the MPEG file into that program and choose the to DVD button to either burn the video directly to a disc or to create an ISO file from it.

Tip: If you have a larger MPEG video that you need converted, it's better to use one of the programs that you have to install to your computer. Otherwise, it may take quite a while to upload the video to a site like Zamzar or FileZigZag - and then you have to download the converted file back to your computer, which could also take awhile.

More Information on MPEG

There are many different file formats that may use MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-3, or MPEG-4 compression to store audio and/or video in a single file. You can read more about these specific standards on the MPEG Wikipedia page.

Some common MPEG video files include MP4V, MP4, XVID, M4V, and F4V files. MPEG audio files are stored with the AAC, MP1, MP2, MP3, M4A, and M4B file extension.

More Help With MPEG Files

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