Edited by Ben Jacklin

October 11, 2021

Learning how to edit MP4 files is easier than most people think. This guide shows you how anyone can cut, trim, crop, and rotate video, plus edit audio and more besides. It introduces the tools and software programs you need to edit MP4 audiovisual files the easy way.

What is an MP4 file?

You can recognize the MP4 file format from the file extension, e.g., myvideo.mp4. It's a digital file format that stores both audio (sound) and video (pictures). These files can also store other data like still images and subtitles, but there's more. You even have options to add music, custom text, simple transitions, and other special effects.

There are several reasons to save your videos in this popular container format over the others. But there are three that stand out. First, you can easily stream and view your MP4 videos and clips online, cross-platforms. Second, MP4 quality is also high, yet the file sizes are pretty small. And third – and the reason for this article – you can edit MP4 files with little experience.

How to edit MP4 video files

Video editing can be quick and easy, complex and lengthy, and everything between the two. But whatever your goals, the approach is the same. Whether you need to learn how to edit MP4 on Windows computers, Macs, or mobiles, there are tools out there to help. And thanks to these easy-to-use software programs, now anyone can become a successful video editor.

Here's a quick rundown on how to edit an MP4 file in 5 steps:

  1. Import the unedited MP4 file into your favorite video editing program.
  2. Trim and organize your video recording from the visual timeline.
  3. Add, adjust, and apply graphics, text, transitions, and special effects.
  4. Add audio, including sound effects and music as desired.
  5. Review and tweak your edits as necessary before exporting your video.

Congratulations! You now know the start-to-end process on how to edit an MP4 video on PCs or other devices. And your creativity will grow the more you practice video editing.

How to edit an MP4 video using Movavi Video Editor Plus

Whether you're a raw novice, a rising talent, or a pro, Movavi Video Editor Plus is an excellent choice. This 4K video editing package for Windows and Mac has everything you need to create stunning productions. Best of all, the program makes light work of otherwise complex tasks.

Edit an MP4 video with advanced video-editing tools

With Movavi Video Editor Plus, you can upload MP4 videos from your hard drive, mobile device, or external storage, import recordings from your camcorder or record a video from a webcam.

After you’ve uploaded your files, use video-editing tools. The video maker's practical timeline gives you complete visual control, including:

  • Effortlessly trim, cut, split, splice, and combine your videos
  • Cut videos and swipe to remove any unwanted sections
  • Create stories by merging your videos
  • Add custom text to clips and images
  • Perfect your images by controlling brightness and saturation
  • Add super-smooth transitions between different clips
  • Create stylish slideshows with special effects like auto-pan and zoom
  • Cool-looking, unique stickers overlays

The editing options are limitless when you get comfortable using Movavi Video Editor Plus, which doesn't take long.

Apply visual effects to your MP4 video

Having advanced tools gives you more creative freedom when editing your videos. For example, you can ultra-fine-tune adjustments with colors, audio, video speed, and stabilization. Moreover, they let you add different visual effects. Think eye-catching titles, graphics, animations, picture-in-picture (PIP), chroma-keying, and more.

The most impressive and rewarding aspect of Movavi Video Editor Plus is the end results. Video editing used to be the tool of a few, but now everyone can create awesome MP4 videos.

Intuitive interface for easy MP4 editing

The user interface is intuitive, responsive, and fast, with a decent range of advanced tools. You won't get lost or confused while using the Movavi Video Editor Plus, either. That's thanks to clear labels and the logical placement of editing tools, buttons, and functions. Users can upload new files with a button click and transition between editing stages without losing their way.

Using drag-and-drop, buttons, and menus to perform tasks adds to the software's simplicity. These things and more make Movavi Video Editor Plus one of the best video editors around.

Edit your MP4 files while on-the-go

Now let's look at how to edit MP4 video files on the go.

Movavi Clips is a powerful video and slideshow app to edit MP4 free of charge. It's available for Android OS and Apple iOS devices. There's also a Premium Version available if you need extra features. There have been 150,000+ combined downloads with an average 4.8-star rating.

The app's biggest attractions are ease-of-use and fast editing tools for videos and slideshows. Let's look at some of these cool features in more detail.

Advanced video editor app

Despite all the available features, Movavi developed its Clips app with the user in mind. As a result, navigating the interface is a painless experience, even for first-time users. Movavi Clips for mobile is an advanced video editing program. It helps you convert dull videos into epic productions or stories that will absorb your viewers. The user-friendly app interface has intuitive controls, a collection of powerful tools, and an HD-quality export feature. Cropping, rotating, adding transitions, color filters, and theme stickers are child's play with this app.

Another popular feature is the free built-in library. The beauty of the library is that you can add music tracks to pictures directly from your phone's album. Video editing software for mobile devices has never been as feature-packed or as straightforward.

Movavi Clips MP4 audio controls

An otherwise fantastic video can be let down by lousy audio or none at all. And too loud can be just as annoying as too quiet. Luckily, Movavi Clips for iOS and Android comes with a set of audio controls for you to exploit. For example, you get to adjust the music volume or mute original sounds altogether if needed.

Export & share your MP4 videos

The real fun starts once you're ready to export and share your video with the world. Movavi Clips comes equipped with a built-in player. It lets you preview your work and make final adjustments before saving the MP4 file to your device. And when you're happy, you can upload the new video production to your social media accounts directly from the app.

Other formats supported in Movavi Video Editor Plus

The problem with video files is that they can become huge, especially when saving in high quality. To address this issue, developers created programs called codecs. The job of codecs is to encode and compress large video files to make them easier to store and share. Then, when it's time to open a video, the codec decodes the data so that you can view or edit it.

There are several codecs for video compression, but the most common now is H.264 or AVC. Your chosen file extension is a container or wrapper for codecs.

Export video to available formats

When you've made all the tweaks and have perfected your video, it's time to export the file. Movavi Video Editor Plus lets you select the popular MP4 format but has other choices, too. Which one you choose depends on the balance you aim to strike with quality, ease of use, and players.

Movavi Video Editor Plus also supports all popular file formats along with MP4, including AVI, MOV, MPEG, WMV, MKV, FLV, M2TS (H.264), WebM, OGV, SWF, and more.

Summary

Video editing from computers and mobile devices has never been so easy or so accessible. There are free editing software programs and paid products for those who need more. But the most exciting thing is that anyone, at any level, can now edit and create stunning videos.

* The free version of Movavi Video Editor Plus has the following restrictions: 7-day trial period, watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length. Learn more

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