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3GP File Format

3GP is multimedia container formats used for the delivery and playback of audio/video files over high-speed wireless networks, especially mobile cell phones.

File Format Description

3GP files are able to store and transmit the most significant bytes in priority and they also contain the descriptions of the image sizes. Two different formats are included with 3GP file formats. Developed and defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project and 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 respectively, they are built to contain various types of compressed data.

3GP is defined by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)used on 3G mobile phones but can also be used on some 4G and 2G mobile phones. 3GP file stores video streams as MPEG-4 Part 2 or H.263 or MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC/H.264), and audio streams as AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, AAC-LC or HE-AAC. File extension .3GP is a simplified standard of the MP4 standard that was designed to help decrease the amount of storage that is required and reduce the bandwidth requirements that are established in order to be able to accommodate for mobile phones.

3GP Playback Problem

3GP format is widely used on 3G cell phones to store videos. Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems have the ability to play 3GP files, but only a handful of media players play the video format, like QuickTime Player, RealPlayer, VideoLAN VLC Media Player; if you want to play the format on other applications like iMovie, FCP, etc or on devices like iPad, iPhone, etc, you might as well convert it to related supported formats. In addition, there are many 3GP videos could not be played normally on the computer because they are shot in the wrong angle. You'll need to rotate it to the right orientation.

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