MPEG File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a MPEG file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .MPEG files.

What is a MPEG file?

A .MPEG file is a MPEG Video file. MPEG (also referred to as MPG) is the acronym for Moving Picture Experts Group - the same group that also invented the popular MP3 and MP4 formats. Files with the .mpeg extension are video files, and it is a popular format to distribute video and movie clips over the Internet.

Videos stored as .mpeg files are compressed, which means the data has been reduced in size. The files are compressed to allow users to download the files more quickly without sacrificing much of the picture quality in the video itself.

The MPG video file format uses either MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 compression. MPEG-1 results in lower quality than MPEG-2, and was designed to compress VHS-video and CD audio without losing too much quality.

MPEG-2 was designed to compress video and audio for higher-quality videos and has been used as the compression method for TV broadcasts and DVDs.

How to open MPEG files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension MPEG for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different MPEG openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension MPEG

While we know of one file format using the .MPEG file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .MPEG file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MPEG files. Remember, different programs may use MPEG files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MPEG-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with MPEG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!