How to Convert Video to MP4
Edited by Pat Bitton
March 19, 2020
The MP4 file format is a part of the MPEG-4 standard. MP4 files can contain video and audio streams, subtitles, and metadata. The format is supported on both Windows- and Mac-based computers as well as the majority of devices – smartphones, tablets, HD TVs, video game consoles, and more.
Want to convert video to the MP4 format? There are quite a few ways to do that, some of which we’ll discuss below.
- How to use Movavi’s video-to-MP4 converter
- How to convert videos to MP4 online
- How to convert to MP4 for free
- Frequently asked questions
How to Use Movavi’s Video-to-MP4 Converter
Movavi has a powerful media processing tool that supports over 180 formats, including MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV, WMV, DVD, and many more! With Movavi Video Converter, you can change the format of your video files in just a couple of clicks. No need for any special knowledge about media formats – just run the software, open a film or video clip, select a ready-made preset, and click Convert.
You don’t have to worry about anything, just follow the easy steps below!
Install the Movavi Video Encoder
Download our video-to-MP4 converter. Run the setup file and follow the installation instructions appearing on your screen.
Start the Program and Import Video
Run Movavi Video Converter and click the Add Media button. Select Add Video to import your video to the program.
Select an Output Format
Open the Video tab at the bottom of the window. Here, you’ll find a list of supported formats. Expand the MP4 category and choose one of the MP4 presets that suits your needs best.
If you want to convert your video to MP4 for playback on a mobile device, open the Devices tab and select the device manufacturer and model from the list. To let the app determine the appropriate preset, simply connect your device to the computer and click the Cell Phone icon to the right of the search bar.
Start Converting Your Video to MP4
Click the Save to button and specify the folder in which the converted files should be saved.
Finally, click the Convert button. And that's all! The conversion process will start immediately.
Transfer Video to Your Mobile Device (Optional)
After your video files are converted, minimize or close the Movavi video decoder and connect your mobile device to the computer. Start the uploader on your device and follow the on-screen instructions or, depending on the device, open the appropriate folder on it and save the converted files there. Note: The uploading time will depend on how large your video files are.
That's all there is to it! Now you know how to use Movavi Video Converter to convert any video to MP4 or convert your MP4 files to any other popular video format.
Our converter is also a fast way to extract music from movies by converting the video files to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WMA, or another audio format.
Movavi Video Converter
The ideal way to get your media in the format you need!
- Convert video, audio, DVDs, and image files
- Enjoy lightning-fast conversion without quality loss
- Improve quality, adjust sound, trim and join files before converting
- Save video and audio clips for easy mobile access
Differences between Desktop and Online Converters
How to Convert Videos to MP4 Online
You can also use an online service to convert files to MP4. For example, you can try Online Video Converter – it’s a simple conversion tool that enables you to convert video files in any format to MP4.
Visit the Online Conversion Tool Page
Open the application website by clicking the link below.
Upload the Desired Video File
Select Add Your Media to upload the video file you want to convert to MP4.
Note that there’s a limit on the file size, and the converter can process only one file at a time.
Convert the File to MP4
Click Convert. Wait for the service to upload and convert your file to MP4, then click Download to save the processed file.
How to Convert to MP4 for Free
You can also convert your movies and music by using a freeware app like the VLC media player. Download the player from the official website and start the application.
Go to the upper-left corner, click the Media button, and then select Convert / Save. Click Add to upload any file you want to convert to MP4 and hit the Convert / Save button below. Choose MP4 as an output format in the next window. Don’t forget to specify the destination folder and file name. Click Start to convert your files.
Frequently Asked Questions
MP4 is a multimedia container format that can be used for storing audiovisual data, so it can contain not just video but also audio and subtitles. You will sometimes encounter an MP4 file when you download a video from the Internet. The format is also used for watching videos on mobile devices.
Many people use both MP4 and MPEG-4 to name a container format; in fact, it’s not quite the same thing. MP4 is a format for storing media, while MPEG-4 is a standard for compressing audio and video data. In other words, a video can be encoded with the MPEG-4 codec, but it will be stored within the MP4 container format.
MP4 can be considered one of the best video formats for several reasons. First, MP4 videos normally have good quality with a file size that’s not too large. Secondly, this format is widely supported on digital devices and platforms. Additionally, MP4 can be used for not only storing videos, but also for sharing them on the internet.
An MP4 file can contain videos compressed with different codecs. The most popular video codecs for MP4 are MPEG-4, H.264, and H.265.
The chances are that your MP4 file won’t play because it contains a video codec that is incompatible with your media player. To resolve this issue, you can install the necessary codecs (if your player supports external codecs). Alternatively, you can try converting your MP4 to another format.