Opening MPEG files

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

What is a MPEG file?

The .mpeg file extension is used for a digital video file format that was developed by Moving Pictures Experts Group. Based on MPEG-1 video format, these MPEG files are normally used for storing digital movies and animated clips in VCD (video CD) quality.

The content of an MPEG file is digital video that has been encoded in MPEG-1 format. This video data is normally at 30 fps (frames per second) and in a resolution of 352x240. These .mpeg files also contain audio data that is usually encoded in MPEG-1 layer 2 (MP2) format.

Windows Media Player from Microsoft can be used to open these .mpeg files. VLC media player from VideoLAN has versions for Windows PCs, Mac OS X computers and mobile platforms like Android and iOS, and this software can also be used to view the video data that is stored in these MPEG files. Certain digital video editing and authoring tools also have support for creating, viewing and editing video files in the .mpeg format.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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