.MPD File Extension

.MPD File Extension

File Type 1

Microsoft Project Database

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
3.5  |  17 Votes
Category Database Files
Format Binary

What is an MPD file?

Database file created by Microsoft Project, a program used for project management; contains project data stored in a Microsoft Access-compliant format; used to save and load an entire project in a relational records-based database format.

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NOTE: MPD files cannot be saved by Microsoft Project 2007 or later. However, existing MPD files may still be used as a basis for a new project.

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Programs that open MPD files

Windows
K-SOL Project Reader
Updated March 16, 2010
File Type 2

File List Creator Playlist

Developer WenSoftware
Popularity
2.8  |  5 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Binary

What is an MPD file?

File used by File List Creator (FLC), a utility that helps users manage and track their computer files; stores a list of files; commonly used to store a playlist of .MP3 files; may also store lists of digital photos, compressed files, and other file types.

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While MPD files track lists of files, they only contain file references, not the actual files themselves.

NOTE: MPD is also short for "Music Player Daemon," a music player for Unix that can play audio files from remote systems.

Programs that open MPD files

Windows
WenSoftware File List Creator
Updated March 16, 2010
File Type 3

MPEG-DASH Media Presentation Description

Developer Moving Picture Experts Group
Popularity
3.0  |  1 Votes
Category Text Files
Format XML

What is an MPD file?

An MPD file is a text file that describes how an MPEG-DASH video is streamed. It contains XML-formatted text that a web client uses to deliver .M4S (or other) streamed videos to Internet users. MPD files define streamed videos' segment duration, codec, MIME type, maximum dimensions, and other settings.

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Screenshot of a .mpd file in Microsoft Visual Studio Code
MPD file open in Microsoft Visual Studio Code

MPEG-DASH is an adaptive bitrate streaming technique that allows users to stream high-quality video over the Internet using HTTP. Videos streamed using MPEG-DASH are divided into segments, which allows web clients to stream long videos without stalling or re-buffering.

MPD files define how a video streamed using MPEG-DASH is divided into segments and shown to users. While different MPD files contain different formatting and settings, all MPD files are XML files. They all also include the <MPD>, <Period>, <AdaptationSet>, <Representation>, and <SegmentTemplate> elements, which are used as follows:

  • <MPD>: Defines the streamed video's profile, minimum buffer time, total duration (if known), and segment duration
  • <Period>: Defines the streamed video's chapters and chapter duration
  • <AdaptationSet>: Defines the streamed video's alignment, maximum dimensions, maximum frame rate, language, and content type
  • <Representation>: Defines the resolutions and bitrates at which the streamed video is available
  • <SegmentTemplate>: Defines the time offset and duration of the streamed video's segments

How do I open an MPD file?

MPD files are XML files, so you can open and edit them in any text or source code editor, including:

Opening an MPD file in a source code editor will highlight the file's XML syntax, making the file's text easier to understand and edit.

Programs that open MPD files

Updated April 23, 2021

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