.MPEG2 File Extension

MPEG-2 Video File

Developer Moving Picture Experts Group
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What is an MPEG2 file?

An MPEG2 file is a video file encoded using the MPEG-2 codec, which is typically used to compress over-the-air, satellite, and cable TV transmissions, as well as DVD video. It is compressed using lossy compression, which significantly reduces the size of the video and audio data it contains. MPEG-2 compression is less efficient than H.264 (.H264) compression.

More Information

The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) is an international workgroup that sets standards for media compression and encoding. Most notably, MPEG sets standards for video and audio compression. In 1995, MPEG created the MPEG-2 video and audio compression standard, which improved upon the original MPEG-1 compression standard.

MPEG2 files contain video that has been compressed using MPEG-2. They are not as common as .MPG or .MPG2 files, which also contain MPEG-2 video. Audio files compressed using the MPEG-2 codec are saved with the .MP2 extension.

How to open an MPEG2 file

You can open an MPEG2 file and play the video it contains in a variety of media players, including:

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Programs that open MPEG2 files

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