MP4 has the widest range of compatibility with devices and programs
MP4 file format was first released in 2001 as ISO/IEC 14496-1:2001, and was revised in 2 years later as ISO/IEC 14496-14:2003. It is based on QuickTime file format, but quickly becomes more popular than QuickTime format and others like AVI, WMV and MKV, because of its unique features. Currently, MP4 is natively accepted by computers, tablets, phones, game consoles, TVs and more devices manufactured by Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, HTC, Google, Huawei, Amazon, Lenovo and other brands. Besides, it is widely accepted by various media players, video editing software, and broadly used over the web. In stark contrast, other formats are supported by extremely limited devices and programs. For example, MKV, WebM, and 3GP are recognized by certain Android devices, but won't be played on Apple devices directly.
There is no other format that can equal the compatibility of MP4. This is why the average monthly searches for DVD to MP4 are up to 12,100, far higher than those for DVD to AVI (6,600), DVD to WMV (140), DVD to MOV (140), DVD to MKV (4,400), etc. And we'll see such kind of imbalance when comparing video to MP4 conversion with video to others, and MP4 download with other type of video download.
Usage of MP4
MP4 has penetrated into every aspect of our life. Teachers or trainers usually insert MP4 videos into PPTs to make further explanation. Companies always save their propaganda films as MP4 to fit for miscellaneous broadcast platforms flawlessly. Web surfers often download online videos as MP4 for fluent playback on media players, editing for further use, burning to DVD, etc.
The appearance of MP4 brings us many benefits in terms of movie playback, video transport, online video streaming and more.
Movie video, audio, subtitles and images can be merged into a single MP4 file which is available to play on various devices smoothly.
We can send MP4 media files to other people via email without costing too much time. This is because high level of compression produces small file size.
MP4 allows streaming over the internet. Small file size and low bandwidth consumption make MP4 streaming become popular.
What file formats does MP4 support?
MP4 is a container format that can store video, audio and other data. So, what formats does MP4 support?
Video formats: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4(A)SP, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, VP9, MVC
Audio formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, Opus, AC-3, DTS, LPCM, ALAC, DTS-HD
Caption/subtitle formats: MPEG-4 Timed Text