rm RealNetworks, an internet streaming Media Company, is credited as the developers and owners of the proprietary RealMedia multimedia container format. The filename extension .rm refers to this format which is used as an audio and video wrapper to distribute digital media content over the internet. The first version of this container was released in 1997 and has been popularized for its ability to unpack the digital stream while it is being downloaded over computer networks such as the internet. The format is platform agnostic and works equally well on Microsoft Windows as it does on Linux or Mac OS.
mp4 The MP4 file format and the .mp4 filename extension refer to the MPEG-4 part 14 digital multimedia format developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group. It is used as a multimedia container to wrap encoded digital video and audio streams, including subtitles and still images if required. In recent decades, the format has been popularized as one of the main standards for streaming media over the internet and other computer networks and for the digital distribution of large multimedia files. MP4 supports a large number of compression audio codecs allowing files in this format to maintain a relatively small size without discounting playback quality.