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MPEG File Format

MPEG animation

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MPEG is a file extension for an MPEG animation in the MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 codec. (An MPG file is the same, but shortened for compatibility with older operating systems.)

MPEG-1 was designed for coding progressive video at bit rates of about 1.5 million bits per second. It was designed specifically for Video-CD and CD-i media. MPEG-1 audio layer-3 (MP3) has also evolved from early MPEG work.

MPEG-2 was designed for coding interlaced images at bitrates above 4 million bits per second. MPEG-2 is used for digital TV broadcast and DVD. An MPEG-2 player can handle MPEG-1 data as well.

MIME type: video/mpeg, video/mpg, video/x-mpg, video/mpeg2, application/x-pn-mpg, video/x-mpeg, video/x-mpeg2a, audio/mpeg, audio/x-mpeg, image/mpg

 

Learn more about MPG files:

Visit the MPEG webpage

Andoni Oconchubhair defines MPEG standards at Search SOA.

Search for answers to MPG-related questions at IT Knowledge Exchange.

This was last updated in July 2010
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