The MP4 format plays an increasingly important role in both downloading and playing video from the Internet, especially on mobile devices. Why? Simply put, MP4 allows for high-quality video to be delivered in a smaller size.
If the video isn’t in the MP4 format, it can be converted, and we’ll help you learn how to choose an MP4 converter, or even a free video to MP4 converter.
Digital technologies have created an explosion of video communications. People now have high-definition (HD) video cameras in their smartphones and can upload and share videos on social websites. Traditional broadcasters, cable outlets, and Hollywood studios are extending their reach through the Internet. Many online service providers are competing for their niche in this new world of online video.
As we become more reliant on these technologies, the MP4 format helps enable nearly everyone to be both a creator and a consumer of video applications. MP4 files also permit faster, more efficient distribution over the Internet.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD MP4 VIDEOS
There are certainly other ways to download MP4 videos available online, but RealPlayer makes it easy in as little as one click, and it’s free. Just about any content you can think of is available online. Whether you’re looking to download MP4 videos, MP4 music videos, YouTube videos as mp4, how-to’s, network TV shows, cute animal videos, sports, science, politics, the arts, corporate training or whatever – it can all be found online.
A word of caution: Be skeptical of websites offering free movie downloads, particularly of recent films. Hollywood isn’t in the business of giving away product.
Say you want to see the latest movie previews, referred to as trailers, before deciding to spend money at the theater. Not a problem. The major movie studios need to market their product, so they provide trailers, along with interviews and other background material to a number of websites to help sell their films.
ComingSoon, Fandango, Metacafe, and Traileraddict are just a few that offer access to watching and downloading MP4 movie trailers.
RealPlayer downloads MP4 files fast and easy.
- Go to the website
- Select and play the video
- Place the cursor within the video frame
- A box reading “Download This Video” pops up in the upper right, above the video frame
- Click on it
- RealPlayer Downloader window opens and shows the progress of saving the video
- The video is automatically saved in the Library
HOW TO PLAY MP4 VIDEOS
If you are looking for software to play mp4 files, it’s simple to play a MP4 download with the free RealPlayer.
Once you have the free application, double-clicking on the thumbnail in the RealPlayer Library opens the Now Playing window and plays the video in its native format and resolution. The “mp4” format identification is shown in the bottom right of the control bar.
Get more details about the clip by right-clicking on the thumbnail and selecting “Clip Info/Edit Clip Info.” It confirms the title, MP4 format, file size, quality (as Kbps), audio channels, screen dimensions, source, and where the file is stored.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE WATCHING ON THE WEB IS MP4?
Unfortunately, you often don’t. Although many social sites accept and encourage people to upload videos in the MP4 format, ultimately it’s at the discretion of the website. Flash (FLV) is still widely used on all types of sites. Commercial sites use what’s most economical and best for business. More and more that is MP4.