3GP File Extension

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3GPP Multimedia Format
  • Developer
    Third Generation Partnership Project
  • Popularity
    2.8 (10 votes)

What is 3GP file?

3GP file is a multimedia file container developed by 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project). 3GP files can store audio and video data used by cell phones that support 3G technology.

3GP file format applications

3GP file format can be seen as a simplified, mobile version of MP4 format most popular on PCs and laptops. 3GP format was created as a format for streaming audio and video data on mobile devices; therefore, 3GP files are small in size to reduce bandwith requirements. 3GP is in fact the standard file format used for sending data using MMS or MBMS technology.

Technical specification

3GP file format is based on MPEG-14 format with reduced bandwith requirements. Video streams are stored as MPEG-4 part 2, H.263, or MPEG-4 part 10 (AVC / H.264) formats, and audio streams are stored as AMR-WB, AMR-WB +, AMR-NB, AAC-LC , HE-AAC v1 or Enhanced aacPlus (HE-AAC v2) formats.

Additional information

Mobile devices that don’t support 3G technology, that is those which support 2G or 4G, can also be used to open 3GP files, although not without some limitations.

It is not unusual for 3GP files to be stored using 3GPP extension, but beside a slightly different suffix, the files a virtually the same.

Conversion of a 3GP file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the 3GP extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of 3GP file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from 3GP extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to 3GP file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the 3GP file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the 3GP file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the 3GP file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the 3GP file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the 3GP file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the 3GP file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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