What is MP4?
Video files created and saved in the MPEG-4 Part 14 format are saved with the MP4 extension. MP4 is one of the most common formats video formats used online preferred for its high quality video and small file size. It is a compressed lossy file format that uses H.264 encoding. The format is preferred over the once popular FLV video file format. The rise of MP4 was in part due to no support for FLV on mobile devices and because popular platforms such as Apple’s OS X and iOS did not support it.
Audio and video in an MP4 file are compressed separately; video is compressed using H.264 encoding whereas audio is compressed using AAC compression. An MP4 file can store a rich variety of information other than audio and video, subtitles, still images, text and graphics, and synthetic sounds.
MP4 is also popular because it can be used to stream high quality video content. It is due to this quality that MP4 files are easily the most common video files found online. Besides being small in size and of good quality, this format is widely supported not just by video players but by video editors as well. The only downside to the format is that it is lossy so if you’re editing raw video data you will very likely use a different format to save it to until it is ready to be published.
How do I open an MP4 file online?
MP4 file formats are supported by all desktop platforms and there are many ways to stream an MP4 file online with little to no effort required. One of the quickest ways to make an MP4 files available online to a large number of users is to upload it to Jumpshare and share the link with your audience. The built-in video player will allow your audience to watch the video from any device. As a publisher Jumpshare gives you the added advantage of being able to monitor how many times a file has been viewed.