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What is 3GP Format

3GP is actually the short for 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) and as is evident is one of the most recent developments in the multi Media Services. However, this File Format may also be used on some compatible 2G or 4G phones as well besides the 3G phones that it is usually compatible with. The innovation of the 3GP File format has therefore been a great advancement in the mobile world for easy storage and playback of media files.

The 3GP file format 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, HE-AAC v1 or Enhanced aac Plus (HE-AAC v2). However the difference of the 3GP File format from other file formats of multimedia is that it is a container format for media files, this means that one file can contain several different files and also different kinds of files formats, which is a great advantage. So if you would like, all kinds of information such as data such s bit rate information along with video and audio can be stored together.

So in simple terms, 3GP is the version of the File Format that is similar to the MP4 format, which is it has the same system and bandwidth capacity to hold a lot of memory and instruction in a small space; only difference is that the 3GP is compatible with the mobile phone system. So the 3GP File format has an even smaller Bandwidth and file size overall than the MP4 to fit it all in the comparatively lower memory space of the mobile phone.

3GP/3G2 Supported Device

1. Most 3G capable mobile phones support the playback and recording of video in 3GP format (memory, maximum filesize for playback and recording, and resolution limits exist and vary).

2. Some newer/higher-end phones without 3G capabilities may also playback and record in this format (again, with said limitations). Audio imported from CD onto a PlayStation 3 when it is set to encode to the MPEG-4 AAC codec will copy onto USB devices in the 3GP format.

3. The Nintendo DSi supports .3gp on an SD card.

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