How to View an MP4 Video

By Andrew Smith

MP4 video files are often opened with either Apple software programs or Apple products such as video iPods. These files may not open using other software programs like Windows Media Player. In order to view these files, you will need to download the necessary pair of Apple media programs. There is also an open-source audio and video player that can be used to open a variety of file formats, including MP4 video.

Things You'll Need

  • VLC Media Player
  • iTunes and Quicktime

VLC Media Player

Step 1

Download and install VLC Media Player.

Step 2

Click the “Media” category at the top of VLC. A drop box will open.

Step 3

Choose “Open File.” A window will open.

Step 4

Find the MP4 video you want to play in VLC. Click that file and then select “Open.” The MP4 video will play in VLC.

iTunes and Quicktime

Step 1

Download and install iTunes plus Quicktime from Apple.

Step 2

Open the iTunes program after the installation has finished.

Step 3

Click on the “File” menu. Choose the “Add File to Library” option to open the “Add to Library” window. Find the MP4 video you want to view and click on the file. Click “Open” to add the MP4 to iTunes.

Step 4

Click “Movies” under the “Library” category. The MP4 video will be listed.

Step 5

Highlight the MP4 and click the “Play” button at the top of iTunes to view the MP4 video.