How Do You Play an MP4?


Quick Answer

To play an MP4 file on a computer, a compatible video player is required. Double clicking on the MP4 file allows the computer to search for compatible programs already installed on the system. If there is not a default program assigned, downloading a program is required for viewing.

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MP4 is an abbreviation that notes the file is an MPEG-4 video file. If the computer uses the Windows operating system, Windows Media Player comes preinstalled and it should play this file extension without issue. Some files with this extension type require additional codec files for use. Other programs that play this file type include Adobe Premiere Pro and Pinnacle Studio.

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