If you like to search online before doing something, such as search keywords "how to convert MP4 format to MPEG"; or "a good MP4 to MPEG video converter", you must be frustrated that it usually takes several hours to pick the right one(s) from thousands of search results. Then you may ask why not use an online video converter. Yes, it’s a handy way but not stable. “Load Fail/ try again errors” and “Too slow issue” often occur. So thank god, you’re here.
Before learning how to convert MP4 to MPG for making VCD/DVD, we have to figure out the similarities and differences between MP4 and MPG. If you are already familiar with MP4 and MPEG, you can skip the next part to tutorial to learn how to convert MP4 to MPEG on Windows with the best MPEG video converter.
As we know, audio and video need the customizable multimedia data compression technology. Moving Pictures Experts Group, namely MPEG, is the major standard of video image compression. It contains 3 video encoder, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 for video. There’s no MPEG-3, but MPEG Audio Layer 3. MP4 and MPG both adopt MPEG as its encoder. Commonly, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoder are used in MPG format; MPEG-4 encoder is used in MP4.
MPEG-1: The first MPEG compression standard for audio and video. It is used on Video CD, SVCD and can be used for low-quality DVD Video. It was commonly used in digital satellite/cable TV services before MPEG-2 became widespread.
MPEG-2: MPEG-2 standard is considerably broader in scope and of wider appeal - supporting interlacing and high definition. MPEG-2 is important for it has been chosen as the compression scheme for over-the-air digital television ATSC, DVB and ISDB, digital satellite TV services like Dish Network, digital cable television signals, SVCD and DVD Video.
MPEG-4: MPEG-4 is a further coding method with very high compression ratio and small impact on image quality. In addition to the more efficient coding of video, MPEG-4 moves closer to computer graphics applications.
From the message above, we can learn that MP4 and MPG are separate formats with different encoder. MP4 is mainly used for Internet transmission, supported by mobile media players and portable devices such as cellphones and tablets; MPG is used in digital devices, supported by VCD and DVD.
If you have some favorite videos that are home-made or downloaded from video-sharing websites in MP4 format, you may want to add some interesting effects to videos and convert MP4 to DVD or VCD as a gift for friends and family. Due to the format problem, it is impossible to get it done directly. Considering that MPEG is a supported format for DVD/VCD burning, converting MP4 videos to MPEG is a wise choice. Or you simply need to deal with the MP4 video to MPG file conversion but don't know of any suitable MPEG video converter, here I will recommend a good one to you - HD Video Converter Factory Pro, which is equipped with advanced HD video conversion technology and can output files to 500+ mainstream video/audio formats and devices. In this case, to change MP4 to MPEG with this program is as easy as pie. The following parts are the related three handy conversion methods for your different needs.
In view of that MPG format contains the video coding MPEG-2 and DVDs are also encoded in the MPEG-2 format, you can just transcode MP4 files to MPG encoded with MPEG-2 for DVD burning. Make sure that you free download HD Video Converter Factory Pro on your Windows PC first. Then, open the program and follow the below steps:
Launch the program you just installed, click on Converter icon to enter a new window. Here you can load your videos by clicking the “Add Files” button or directly drag the videos into the converter interface.
Note: This converter allows you to add and convert videos in batches.
Select MPG as the output format and then click “Parameter settings” to customize the parameters. Set resolution as 720*480, frame rate as 29.97 fps, video encoder as mpeg2, and audio encoder as mp2. After that, press OK to save the settings.
Tips: You can simply choose VOB (the standard format for DVDs) as the output format and hit “Run” to convert MP4 to DVD video directly.
The whole process finishes at a fast speed. When the whole process is over, you can find the final video file in the output folder.
For those who want to make VCD, HD Video Converter Factory Pro can also be helpful. Seeing that MPG format has the VCD video codec – MPEG1, converting MP4 video to MPEG1 can directly empower you to make VCD. Follow my guide to customize the right VCD parameters step-by-step.
Open HD Video Converter Factory Pro, click on Converter icon to enter a new window. Click "Add Files" to import the videos or directly drag videos to the program.
Choose MPG as the output format then change the parameter on “Parameter settings”. To make a VCD, you have to change the resolution as 352*240 (you need to customize this parameter manually) and take 29.97 fps as frame rate, mpeg1 as video encoder, mp2 as audio encoder. After all the parameters have been set, click “OK” to save the settings.
Press the “Run” to start the transcoding.
For those who just want to change MP4 files to MPEG with wanted video resolution, HD Video Converter Factory Pro can help you as it supports up to 8K (7680*4320) and more common video resolutions like 4K, 2K, 1080P, 720P and below. You can get the MPEG videos with high resolution now by following steps:
Click on the Converter icon in the interface and load the MP4 videos you want to convert.
Head to the “Output Format” section and choose the MPG icon under Video tab. After that, drag the resolution slider to 4K or the resolution you need.
Click the “Run” button to begin the video conversion.
With the above three handy methods, I believe you can easily convert MP4 to MPEG/MPG now for convenient storing, DVD/VCD making. Feel free to share this guide to help more friends.
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