Files that contain the MPG extension are a video format associated with the Moving Pictures Experts Group or MPEG video and compression format. This type of format was established to create high quality video comparable to videos for motion pictures.
The Moving Pictures Experts Group established a number of different compression formats for MPG files which include MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. The compressed formats represent code standards for digital audio and video supported by multiple applications and devices in addition to the Internet for accessing high quality entertainment.
MPG files provide a bit rate of approximately 1.5 billion per second. The file extension was designed specifically for the MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 codec for Video-CD.
How to Open MPG Files
MPG files can be opened using a variety of different media applications. The best place to start is to double click the MPG file you want to open to see if it opens in a default program. Since most operating systems come with a media application preinstalled, you may be able to open an MPG file in the appropriate program by double clicking on it.
In Windows you can open MPG files with Windows Media Player, which comes preinstalled on this operating system. Other programs which will open MPG files include Apple QuickTime Player, Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6, Roxio Creator 2012, and CyberLink PowerDVD 12. There are also a variety of other media players you can use to open MPG files, such as DivX Player, RealNetworks Real Player, and Splash Lite.
For Mac OS X, MPG files can be played using Apple QuickTime Player, Roxio Toast 11, Adobe Flash Professional CS6, Eltima Elmedia Player, or Roxio Popcorn 4. You can also use Media Player Classic, RealNetworks RealPlayer, and DivX.
If you are looking for a multiplatform application that will open MPG files in Windows, Mac, and Linux, you can use VideoLAN VLC Media Player or MPlayer. These are open source media player applications available as a free download from the VideoLAN or the MPlayer website.
You can also opt to convert the file extension MPG to another format using a file conversion program. Such programs include MediaSanta MPG Converter, 4EasySoft MPG to ASF Converter, or DVD to MPG Xvid. There are also online resources such as Zamzar you can use to convert MPG files to another format. Simply log onto the website, browse for your file, choose the new format, enter your email address, and then click on Convert. Within minutes you will receive the new file to your email inbox.