What is 3GP?
3GP files are a multimedia container format defined by the Third Generation Partnership Project. It was developed to play videos on 3G-enabled mobile phones that weren’t capable of playing MP4 videos, but 3GP files can also work on some 2G and 4G phones.
3GP files can still be used, but there’s less of a need for them thanks to more mobile bandwidth availability and higher mobile data caps. MP4 is a more flexible file format than 3GP, though, because it can be played by many more types of devices and software.
What is WEBM?
WEBM is an open, royalty-free video file format designed as an alternative to HTML5 video and audio elements. As you can probably guess from the name, WEBM files are primarily intended for use on the web. It’s highly compatible with most modern web browsers — but not as compatible with as many devices as MP4 is.
WEBM is the ideal format for streaming videos online because it has high-quality playback even on devices with lower technical capabilities. The quality of a WEBM video isn’t as high as the quality of an MP4 video, though.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to convert 3GP to WEBM online?
- Choose a 3GP file from your computer or drag and drop it into Restream’s video converter.
- Select Convert and the converter will start processing.
- Download your WEBM file when it’s ready.
Will my file lose quality when I convert 3GP to WEBM?
Depending on which file type you’re starting with, you might lose some quality when converting to WEBM, since it’s a lossy file format. Lossy files lose some data during compression, which can decrease the overall audio quality.
Is WEBM better than 3GP?
If you need to play a video on an old 3G mobile phone, 3GP is a better choice than WEBM. For most other use cases, WEBM is better, though, because it supports higher-quality resolution.