The condition is that you have some MPEG files which works with no problems on many popular media players like Windows Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player and other movie players, however, when you try to open them with the default video player on your iPhone, you just got a message: “This video cannot be played because the file format is unsupported”.
What is MPEG video?
When you get a file with an .MPG or .MPEG extension, you usually have either MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 video. MPEG-1 video is used on VideoCD (VCD) discs and MPEG-2 video is used on Super VideoCD (SVCD) and DVD discs.
Why iPhone not play MPEG video?
To answer this question, you have to be clear of iPhone supported file formats. Currently, Apple has updated iPhone’s playback capability for more formats including HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 and Motion JPEG. Unfortunately, iPhone still lacks the ability to playback MPEG file including MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files.
Solve iPhone not playing MPEG file issues
To get MPEG files played on iPhone, there are two solutions, one is to install a third-party player on iPhone to watch MPEG files, the other is converting MPEG to iPhone supported digital file formats.
Install third-party players on iPhone
Following are the 3 best video players for iPhone to play MPEG files
No.1 Player Xtreme HD
PlayerXtreme is an amazing video player for iPhone with loads of features that be introduced right now. But for starters, here’s the list of video file format it supports: 3gp, asf, avi, divx, dv, dat, flv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, rm, rmvb, ts, vob, webm, wm, wmv.
Oplayer is an iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It can play nearly all video and audio formats like AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, MPG, MP4, Webm, VOB, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAV, etc. It also supports multiple audio tracks, so you can change the audio track as you like.
No.3 Air Playit HD
Air Playit HD is a free video player able to play multiple formats for iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, etc. It is also a streaming tool able to stream a great number of video and audio formats to Apple devices and Android devices.
Supported formats: MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, TP, MPEG-TS, AVC, MOD, MPEG1/2, WMV, ASF, AVI, MOV, RM/RMBV, FLV, MP4, H.264, M4V, WTV, WebM.
Solution 2: Convert MPEG to iPhone supported file formats
Installing and running a third-party video player on your iPhone will be very battery consuming, in addition, it will also occupy a lot of your internal storage space. For those people who insist on playing MPEG files on iPhone with its built-in video player app, we highly recommend you to convert MPEG to iPhone recognizable digital file formats.
Here, you can get the conversion easily completed by downloading our best iPhone Video Converter – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, the program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can load multiple MPEG files into it to save your precious time. With this powerful yet simple to use application, you can easily convert MPEG to iPhone XR/XS/XS Max/X/8 Plus/8/7/7 Plus readable HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 digital file formats with perfect quality and super fast conversion speed.
To get the best output quality, you can flexibly adjust output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc.
For Windows users, you can go to download Pavtube Video Converter to complete the same conversion on Windows 10/8/7/XP.
Step by Step to Convert MPEG for iPhone Playing
Step 1: Load MPEG files.
Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” ;menu and select “Add Video/Audio” ;or click the “Add Video” ;button on the top tool bar to import source ;video files into the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Click the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of iPhone playable file formats, here, to get the best quality, we highly recommend you to choose “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.
Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.
Step 3: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the ;”Convert” button at the right bottom of the ;main interface to begin the conversion process from MPEG to iPhone supported digital file formats.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” ;icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. ;