As is known to us, MP4 a widely used video format in our daily life. Supposed you won't feel strange when mentioning to it, but what about MPEG4? Is that same as MP4? The answer is absolutely not. Many of us thought that MP4 is the abbreviation of MPEG4 and they are the same media container which can store more kinds of video codec, audio codec, and subtitle. But, in fact, MP4 is a container format while MPEG4 stands for a video encoding algorithm. And there are many differences between MPEG4 and MP4. Following will discuss the difference between MP4 and MPEG4 in detail.

MPEG4 vs MP4

What is MPEG4?

MPEG-4 is a method of defining compression of audio and visual digital data(AV). It was introduced in late 1998 by the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). MPEG-4 was designated as a standard for a group of audio and video coding formats and related technology. The method is mainly used to include compression of AV data for purpose of the web and streaming media, voice and broadcast TV application, and CD distribution. With the development of MPEG4, it is divided into a number of parts with major parts including MPEG-4 part 2, MPEG-4 part 10, MPEG-4 part 14 and others. The majority of the features included in MPEG4 are left at the discretion of the individual developers to decide if they are to be implemented or not. Thus it can be concluded that there is no implementation of the entire MPEG4 set of standards.

What is MP4?

MP4, which is technically MPEG4 Part 14, is a video file extension (.mp4), a digital multimedia container format used to store both video and audio data, still images, as well as subtitles. The format also allows streaming over the internet and it is the standard specified as a part of MPEG4. MP4 is one of the most commonly used file formats that are compatible with the majority of portable devices and media players.

What Are The Differences Between MP4 and MPEG? - History and Application

MP4 of MPEG 4: MPEG-4 Part 12 was developed from the Apple's MOV file (QuickTime File format) and eventually resulted in MPEG-4 Part 14. That is to say, MP4 is based on Apple's MOV file type. Thus, it is normal that there are the MP4 and MPEG4 difference. Generally speaking, almost all media players support MP4 container format and MP4 allows to stream on the internet. Thus, converting video to MP4 on Mac with functional MP4 video converter is pretty necessary.

Introduced in late 1998, MPEG4 is designed as a standard for a group of audio and video coding formats. MPEG-4 has absorbed lots of features of MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 and many other related standards. Commonly, MPEG4 is applied to compress AV data for web and CD distribution, voice (telephone, videophone) as well as broadcast television. So, is the same as MPEG-4 about the development history? Unfortunately, it is not the way you think.


The conclusion from above, we can know that MPEG4 and MP4 are two different things. The only similarity between them is that both are related to video format. MPEG4 is a video encoding algorithm while MP4 is a media container format. To be more specific MP4 is part of MPEG4. However, MPEG4 encoded videos can be found in other video containers like AVI, MXF QuickTime as well. Not like MP4 which is supported by majority video player and devices, there are few players like RealPlayer and others that have compatibility with partial MPEG4. So knowing how to convert MPEG4 to MP4 is a helpful and important skill. Following part, I will introduce some useful video converter for you.

How to convert MPEG4 to MP4 Easily?

Converting MPEG4 to MP4 can be easily done by using professional software like VideoSolo Free Video Converter. With its user-friendly interface design, video format conversion can be done with few simple steps. This converter is totally free and can support conversion between more than 300 video formats without losing any quality. Furthermore, it provides batch files conversion at a quick speed. Here are steps for how to use it.

Step 1. Download and Install VideoSolo Free Video Converter

Step 2. Launch Video Converter and Add Files

Launch the VideoSolo Free Video Converter, click "Add Files" to select the videos you want to convert. Please note that you can select multiple files to process converting at the same time.

Add Files

Step 3. Select Output Video Format

From the drop-down list as the picture shown, choose MP4 as the output format.

Select Format

Step 4. Start Converting Videos

Click "Convert" button to start converting MPEG4 to MP4.

Start Converting Videos

With VideoSolo Free Video Converter, we can convert the MPEG4 to MP4 easily and freely. But if you want to get more stunning features such as edit and combine videos to make your own video, I will recommend it's upgrade version - VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate. Not only supports converting video and audio files to 300+ formats and devices it can also support basic edit functions like clip, crop, rotate, watermark, etc.  What's more, it can convert batch flash video files with 6X faster speed than the free version.