Today, most people consider MOV files to be an outdated format, and since MP4 files are more convenient to use, you’ll want to know how to convert MOV to MP4. If you still have an extensive collection of old MOV files taking up space on your Mac, you can convert them to the MP4 file format with a little patience by following these step-by-step instructions.
Our favorite method is the online converter CloudConvert. It’s free to use, quick and works on both Mac and PC, as long as you have an internet connection. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use CloudConvert to convert MOV files to MP4, and we’ll go over some offline conversion options as well.
How to Convert MOV to MP4 Online
To convert MOV to MP4 files, we like to use CloudConvert, a freemium online service designed to handle a wide range of file formats without any hassle. (It’s free to use, but there are premium versions of the service that you can choose to subscribe to. And the free service may or may not require you to sign up for a free account. But that But more later.)
This has been our preferred choice for years, but if you need to upload your video files to a remote server, keep in mind that the company converting your videos may have access to it. And when using online conversion methods, we think it’s worth noting that you should always exercise some level of restraint with converting potentially inappropriate or private videos. But CloudConvert appears to be a great online file conversion option with no serious complaints against that we are aware of.
We also recommend Online-Convert.com as another excellent conversion tool.
Here’s how to convert MOV to MP4 using CloudConvert:
step 1: From the CloudConvert homepage, click select file switch. Select the MOV file you’re going to convert, then select Open from the bottom corner of the File Explorer screen.
step 2: On the next page, click on down arrow icon next to phrase change to, then choose MP4 from the menu that appears.
step 3: press change button on the right. Once the conversion is complete, CloudConvert can automatically play your newly converted video file for you so that you can see that the conversion is exactly what you want it to look like. If you like the video, you can download the file by clicking on the green download switch.
The file will go to your Downloads folder, and from there, you can watch your MP4 videos on any compatible device or platform.
Comment: While the conversion service is free and doesn’t require signing up for account use, there is a caveat. It’s only free and doesn’t require an account if your video file is small enough that it doesn’t exceed your allotted “conversion minutes”, which is 10 minutes. So if you have a large video file that’s going to take more than 10 minutes to process, you’ll need to sign up for a free account first. Free accounts grant a maximum of 25 minutes per day. If you need more than that, you’ll need to get a paid subscription.
How to Convert MOV to MP4 on Mac
Mac comes with a surprisingly versatile video editor, and it’s completely free. We are talking about iMovie. The best part about using iMovie to convert MOV to MP4 is how simple the whole process is. Let’s dive right in.
step 1: Launch iMovie.
step 2: Click file from the top-left menu and then select new movie.
step 3: Click import media,
A file browser will open, and you can select the MOV file you want to convert.
step 4: Select the MOV file to convert, and then click import selected,
Step 5: The MOV file will appear in iMovie.
Click on it so that a yellow box appears around the file. then press file , shareand then click file in the drop-down that appears.
Step 6: to select 1080p Click for resolution next,
Step 7: Choose a file name and location for your file. iMovie will automatically convert the file to MP4. Easy!
How to Convert MOV to MP4 on Windows
Converting MOV file to MP4 on Windows is as easy as it is on Mac, but it is not impossible. You can do this with third-party apps like Handbrake, but the built-in photo editor is much easier to use.
step 1: Right-click on your MOV file and then hover over open with choose more photos,
step 2: When Photos opens with your MOV file displayed, click Three point on the top-right corner of the Photos app.
step 3: to select save as,
step 4: Locate where you want to save your file, and then click save as Type drop down menu.
to select MP4 from the list.
Step 5: Click save,
How to Use VLC Media Player to Convert MOV to MP4
VLC Media Player has been with us for a long time, and yet it keeps getting better. One thing that this tough, free app has always done well is converting media types. If you want to convert MOV file to MP4, VLC is the most versatile option as it works on all platforms (even Linux).
step 1: Launch VLC Media Player
step 2: open Media menu, then click convert / save,
step 3: A new window will open. Click add And then find and select your MOV file.
step 4: Click convert / save Once you have selected your MOV file click on the bottom right.
Step 5: The Convert box will now open. go to profile Select More in the middle of the box Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4),
Step 6: Type in the name of the file you want and add “.mp4” to the end, as VLC will not do this automatically.
Step 7: Click Help,
Step 8: Click Start,
There are tons of ways to convert a plain old MOV file to the shiny new MP4, no matter what platform you’re on. Many tools are baked directly into the operating system, such as with Windows Photo Editor and Apple iMovie. Then there are third-party options like VLC Media Player and Cloud Convert, which can handle pretty much any file type (even flv) you throw at it. You never have to worry about that old MOV file again.