Detailed Information on the .mpg File Extension

.mpg File Extension ? An Overview

The .mpg file is a video format standardized by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG). Typically, an .mpg file uses the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 compression methods to compress audio and video into a single file.

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The other common file extensions created by the MPEG (Motion Picture Experts Group) that use MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 compression standards include MP3, M1V, MP2, MPV2, MPA, and MPE.

The file extension mpg is represented as mpeg on Apple computers.

Purpose of the .mpg file extension

.mpg files are used to compress VHS-quality video and CD-quality audio into a usable audiovisual file format. Typically, .mpg files are used to create movies that are distributed on the Internet.

Is .mpg a lossless format?

No, some quality is lost when using this format.

How to open an .mpg file

If you use Windows you may open an .mpg file using any of the following applications:

  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • Adobe Flash CS5
  • Roxio Creator 2010
  • Apple iTunes
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • CyberLink PowerProducer 5
  • CyberLink PowerDirector 8
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 10
  • Other movie players

If you use a Mac OS you may open an .mpg file using any of the following applications:

  • MPEG Player for Mac
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • Roxio Popcorn 4
  • Roxio Toast 10 Titanium
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • Apple iTunes
  • Adobe Flash CS5
  • Other movie players

Other instances of the .mpg file type:

Besides the MPEG 1 video file format, two other file types are recorded using the .mpg file extension. These include:

  • Salt Lake City game movies file
  • ProgDVB MPEG2 video file

I receive a file type error when I try to open an .mpg file ? what should I do?

In case you are unable to open an .mpg file on your computer then you may make use of a reliable FileCure program. This program is designed to enable users to open, edit, and save even those files for which they don?t have supported software on the system.