Have you ever wondered why those long movies you download, stream, or share on the Internet take up much smaller space compared to their DVD versions? Well, it is because these movies have been encoded in the MP4 format. Now, compressing files may have an impact on the quality of the video, but it is not the case for MP4. To understand why, we’ll have to look at the definition of MP4.
So, what is MP4? The MP4 specification was developed by Motion Picture Experts Group and had its initial release in 2001. Abbreviated as MP4, its full name is MPEG-4. This format combines audio and video, hence, is the best for audio-visual coding. Compressing MP4 files doesn't compromise the audio and picture quality, so the viewer can still watch and enjoy their favorite videos in delight. Because of that, today MP4 is a standard video format for most devices, useful for uploading files to YouTube and other websites or sending them by email. Also, content creators who work with anything related to audio and video will find this format most useful.
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