Open MPG files

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    MPEG 1 Video File Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a MPG file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a MPG file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your MPG file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is MPG file?

Files with the extension MPG contain a video encoded in MPEG format.

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In most cases, this is a MPEG I encoded video and / or audio stream, but occasionally includes MPEG II encoded video.

MPEG I, despite its relatively old age and only VHS-comparable quality thanks to its small file size and the moderate demands on the computer is still widely used.

MPG files can contain both video and audio streams. Both are encoded in MPEG format. Video and audio streams can be available in a variety of resolutions and bit rates, ie quality levels.

Most players, software like hardware today support the MPEGI and II formats. Even most video editing programs are able to handle this format.

The MPEG I format is also used for VCDs. Because of its much higher quality, MPEG II is the format of choice for DVDs.

The MPEG standard covers more than MPEG I and II. Various lossy compression methods for video and audio data are combined in this standard.

Programs which can open a MPG file

How to open file with MPG extension?

In order to open a file with MPG extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening MPG file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with MPG files, follow the instructions below.
Install QuickTime Player or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening MPG files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support MPG files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of MPG files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set QuickTime Player as the default program for opening MPG files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate MPG files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the QuickTime Player applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where QuickTime Player has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with MPG files

Sometimes problems with opening MPG files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • MPG files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open MPG files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • MPG file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)