Question: "I heard a lot about MPEG-4 and MP4, and always think they are the same thing. Just for confirmation. Are MPEG-4 and MP4 the same thing? If not, what is the difference between them?"
Answer: MPEG4 file format is NOT equals to MP4. The following paragraph will give you the best and detailed explanation.
What is MPEG-4?
MPEG-4 is one of the latest (audio and video) compression method standardized by MPEG group, designed especially for low-bandwidth (less than 1.5MBit/sec bitrate) video/audio encoding purposes.
MPEG-4 group has standardized several new layers - most important ones are h263+ (which is used widely in mobile phones, named as 3GP) and h.264 (often also called as AVC). DivX and XviD are probably the best-known MPEG-4 video encoders by now.
Media Container Formats for MPEG-4: MP4, AVI, Matroska, MXF, Ogg and QuickTime.
What is MP4?
MP4 is an abbreviated term for MPEG-4 Part 14 (not for MPEG4). MP4 is both a video file extension (.mp4) and a video format. It is a container format which can be used to store both video and audio data.
MP4 (.mp4) contains MP4 video format (.mpeg4/.h264 video codec) and audio format (mp3, aac, etc.) and subtitle.
MPEG-4 vs MP4
Long story short, although MPEG-4 and MP4 look alike, both of them can contain h.264 video. However, MPEG-4 and MP4 are not the same thing.
MPEG-4 is a compression method while MP4 is a container format. What’s more, MP4 is one of the media container format for MPEG-4.
How to Convert Any Video to MP4?
There is no denying that MP4 is one of the most popular video formats nowadays. Almost all media players support MP4 container/format (MPEG-4). And this is the reason why we need to convert many other media formats to MP4 in many cases.
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