Opening MPEG files

Have a problem opening a .MPEG file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what MPEG files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .MPEG file type?

Named after MPEG (Motion Picture Experts Group), the .mpeg extension is universally used to denote MPEG digital video files. MPEG is both an international standards group and a series of standard digital video/audio compression methods.

Although initially meant to denote MPEG-1 Part 2 or MPEG-2 Part 2 video files, the .mpeg extension is currently much more often used with MPEG Program Stream (MPEG-PS) digital video/audio container files. An MPEG-PS container is a binary file that holds one or more compressed video and/or audio tracks.

Inside an .mpeg container, audio tracks are most often compressed with the MPEG-1 Part 3 or MPEG-2 Part 3 codec, while the MPEG-1 Part 2 or MPEG-2 Part 2 codec would be used for video tracks.

The .mpeg extension has exactly the same meaning as .mpg, the latter being a legacy of the 8.3 DOS-style naming convention. Occasionally, the .mpeg extension has to be changed to .mpg to make MPEG video files playable with some players.

With MPEG-1/2 being among the oldest and most popular video standards, playback of .mpeg (.mpg) video files is supported by all major media players on any platform.

Software to open or convert MPEG files

You can open MPEG files with the following programs:
VLC media player
VLC media player by VideoLAN
Winamp by Nullsoft, Inc
GOM Player
GOM Player by Gretech Corporation

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