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How to Convert MOV to MP4 or Other Formats on Mac

Edited by Pat Bitton

July 24, 2019

If you are a Windows user, please refer to the tutorial on using Movavi Video Converter for Windows.

The MOV format, developed by Apple, is a “native” file format for Mac OS computers. However, this does mean there are sometimes conflict problems with other operating systems and devices, because MOV movies require QuickTime software and the appropriate codecs to be installed. Of course, you can play MOV files quite happily on your Mac; the problem arises when you want to play them on another device. What can you do to make your MOV media collection playable on PCs and mobile devices? The answer is to convert the MOV files to MP4, AVI, FLV, or some other format on your Mac using Movavi Video Converter! Download this converting software and you’ll see just how fast and easy video conversion on a Mac can be.

Install Movavi’s Conversion Software

After the file is downloaded, open it and follow the on-screen guidelines to install the MOV converter for Mac.

Open Video for Conversion

Click Add Media and then Add Video to add the files you want to convert. You can convert as many videos as you wish in one go, but remember that the bigger the videos, the longer the conversion time. To remove files from the list, just click the X icon in the rightmost column of the file list.

Choose a Predefined Preset

The output preset category you choose will depend on the platform you plan to use to watch the converted video. If you’re going to convert for a PC, go to the Video tab and choose a compatible format: MP4, AVI, etc.

If you intend to upload the video to the Web, you can choose FLV, MP4, WebM, or SWF under Web-Compatible Video, or open the Online Video category and choose your preferred video sharing service and resolution.

If you’re going to transfer the video to a mobile device, select Devices and specify the target brand or model. Movavi Video Converter provides a list of ready-made presets for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Google Nexus, Android tablets, and many other devices.

Convert Your MOV Video

To start the process, click Convert. Don’t forget to change the output folder if you want to store the converted movie other than in the default folder. Once the job is done, the directory containing the converted files will open automatically.

Besides MOV, Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS enables you to change the format of AVCHD, MOD, MKV, MPG, MTS, and WMV files, and even rip DVDs into digital files that can be compressed and transferred into your mobile device or a flash drive.


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