Common Uses for MPEG-1

MPEG-1 is a widely adopted standard, so it can be used in many distribution methods including optical discs, the web, and audio-only files.


MPEG-1 is the video compression format used for video CD (VCD) titles and is compatible for use on DVD titles since all DVD players contain the hardware required for MPEG-1 playback. MPEG-1 is commonly used in videos distributed on CD-ROM. Its low bit rate and small file sizes are useful when you must fit multiple hours of video onto a DVD and do not require the broadcast quality of MPEG-2 encoding. A DVD can contain a mix of MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 video.

On the Web

Since MPEG-1 was one of the first widely adopted compression standards, it has an advantage of being compatible with most media players. This makes MPEG-1 attractive for use on the web when you need maximum compatibility with relatively high quality.


You can use MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio compression as an alternative to Dolby Digital Professional or DTS compression. While there is no Apple setting for MPEG-1 audio-only files in this release of Compressor, you can easily create a setting yourself. See Configuring the MPEG-1 File Format for DVD Use for details.