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How to convert large MOVs to MP4 on Windows and Mac with Movavi Video Converter
Step 1. Install the MOV-to-MP4 converter
Run the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Movavi Video Converter on your computer.
Step 2. Open files for conversion
Click the Add Media button in the upper-left corner and select the Add Video option. Now locate the MOV files that you want to turn to MP4 and add them to the app by clicking Open.
Step 3. Specify the output format
Open the list of supported video formats by clicking the Video tab. Locate the collection of MP4 presets and select the desired one.
Step 4. Edit your videos (optional)
If you want to make changes in your videos before conversion, click the Edit button in the right portion of the file information section. You’ll see a new window with a number of tabs.
Select the Stabilization tab and try different available options to reduce shaking in your video. Choose the Audio tab to manage the volume levels of the video or even reduce background noise. In the Adjustments tab, you can set desired values of brightness, contrast, saturation, and other parameters. You can also add effects, subtitles, or watermarks by opening the appropriate tabs and specifying elements you want to add. Use the tabs Crop, Rotate, and Trim to cut video edges, rotate the footage, or trim away unwanted fragments.
Step 5. Compress MOV files (optional)
If you have large MOV files that you want to export to MP4, you can also compress them on the way using Movavi Video Converter.
Just click on the file size value shown in the output information. In the dialog box that opens, set the desired size, quality, and bitrate by moving the appropriate slider. Click Convert sample to see how a file fragment will look after conversion.
Step 6. Convert MOV to MP4
Click Convert to start the operation. The app supports batch conversion so you can transcode multiple files simultaneously. When the conversion is complete, the folder containing the output files will open automatically.
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International Organization for Standardization
MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later), MPEG-4 Part 2, H.264, H.263, H.261, Apple ProRes, Apple Pixlet, others
H.264, H.265, MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.263, VC-1, Dirac, others
AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3, others
AAC, MP3, AC-3, Apple Lossless, ALS, SLS, others
macOS and iOS (iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, etc.). Support for other systems is limited
Almost any OS, including Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, Android, iOS, etc.
QuickTime Player, iTunes, VLC, CyberLink PowerDirector, Windows Media Player (version 12)
Windows Media Player, VLC, QuickTime Player, iTunes
Frequently asked questions
How do I convert MOV to MP4 on a Mac?
Depending on the number and size of the files you want to convert, you can try one of three approaches:
Use the Mac version of Movavi Video Converter if you need to transform multiple files or if your files are large.
Download the Movavi software for Mac
Try a freeware program such as VLC for Mac: it is primarily used to play back media files, but you can also use it to convert video.
Download the VLC player for Mac
Try an online tool if you just want to transform a single file and would rather not download anything.
Proceed to the conversion website
How do I open a .mov file?
If you want to open an MOV file on an Apple device, you should not have any problems because MOV is an Apple creation. QuickTime and iTunes can both play back MOV files. As for Windows, you can use VLC or Windows Media Player – both have an option to open MOV files.
Can Windows Media Player play MOV files?
Yes, it can play MOV files, but you may need to install an appropriate codec. MOV is a container, and a video component in it may be encoded using different codecs; if you have the right one, the software will work.
Is MOV compatible with Windows?
Basically, MOV is compatible with both of the most commonly used operating systems: Windows and macOS. MOV and MP4 containers work in the same way. Any problems you encounter may be with specific codecs used to encode your MOV file. If Windows doesn’t recognize these codecs, it cannot recognize your file.
Can Windows 10 play MOV files?
Yes, it can, if they are encoded with the right codec. If not, try installing a codec pack or a media player like VLC or Windows Media Player. Please note that the latter option may require additional codecs too.
Why should I convert MOV to MP4?
MOV files are only compatible with Apple devices, while MP4s can be played on virtually any device. MOV files also take up more storage space than MP4s.
How do I convert MOV to MP4 with QuickTime?
To convert an MOV to MP4 with QuickTime, follow these steps:
Open QuickTime Player.
Click File to add your video.
Click File, Export, and then choose MP4.
To save your file, click the Save button.
How do I convert MOV to MP4 on Google Drive?
To convert MOV files to MP4 files on Google Drive, follow these steps:
Sign in to Google.
Go to Google Drive.
Click File upload.
Right-click the file you want to convert, choose Open With, then choose CloudConvert.
From the list of formats, choose MP4.
Click Start Conversion.
The file will automatically be saved to your Google Drive.
How do I convert MOV to MP4 on an iPhone?
To convert MOV to MP4 on an iPhone, you will need to download a video converter app. Here are a few to try:
iPhone Video Converter App
PlayerXtreme Media Player
How do I convert a large MOV to MP4?
Converting an MOV to MP4 of more than 1 GB is best accomplished with a desktop app. Movavi Video Converter is a fast MOV-to-MP4 converter for over 1 GB video files. It can even convert multiple video files at once.
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