How to Convert Video to MP4 on a Mac [5 BEST WAYS]
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How to convert videos to and from MP4 on a Mac with Movavi Video Converter
Step 1. Download and install Movavi’s MP4 converter for a Mac
Download Movavi Video Converter, open the .dmg file, and install the software according to the instructions in the pop-up window. Then run the program.
Step 2. Open the files for conversion
Click the Add Media button, select Add Video, and add the files you want to convert. Note that the program enables you to convert multiple files in one go.
Step 3. Choose the output format
Go to the Video tab, click on the desired format category, and select the appropriate preset from the list. You can also find ready-made presets for mobile devices in the Devices tab. If you want to change the default parameters for resolution, audio bitrate, etc., you can click the Cogwheel button below the list of formats and make the necessary adjustments there.
Step 4. Trim your video (optional)
You can also trim your video if needed. To do this, click the Edit button and select Trim. Place the cut marker where you want your video to finish and click the Cut button. Now select the fragment you want to cut out and hit Delete. Then hit Save and Close.
Step 5. Convert the video to MP4 on your Mac
Now you can choose the destination folder by clicking the Save to button. Now click the Convert button to process the files and wait until the encoding is finished. The output folder will open automatically unless you've unchecked this option before you started.
How to choose an MP4 converter for a Mac
What is MP4?
.mp4, .m4a, .m4p, .m4b, .m4r, .m4v
MPEG-4 or H.264
International Organization for Standardization
Device and OS compatibility
All Windows-based devices, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, game consoles like Xbox and Playstation
Frequently asked questions
▶️ How to change video format to MP4 on a Mac for free?
To convert files on your Mac, try Movavi Free Video Converter. This app supports over 180 media formats and provides presets for 200+ devices. The interface is simple and straightforward, so it won’t be hard to navigate the program even for inexperienced users.
▶️ How do I play MP4 on a Mac?
You can open MP4s on your Mac using the default player if the videos are compressed with the MPEG-4, MPEG-2, or H.264 codec. If you want to play an MP4 file encoded with a different codec, you’ll need to install a player that supports that codec, or simply convert the file to the MOV format.
▶️ Why can't QuickTime Player open MP4 files?
Don’t know how to play MP4 on a Mac? Try to open your video with QuickTime Player. An MP4 file can be encoded with various video and audio codecs, and QuickTime Player supports some of them. So in case your video is encoded with supported formats, playing MP4 on your Mac is possible with QuickTime Player. However, you might need to install a special codec component if the codecs used in your MP4 file are not compatible with the player. Alternatively, you can use Movavi Video Converter to change the MP4 codec from H.263, H.265, MJPEG, or ProRes to the MPEG-4 or H.264 codecs supported by the QuickTime Player.
▶️ Does iMovie support MP4?
You can play MP4 in iMovie, but there are certain MP4 codecs this Mac program supports: MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC. MP4 files compressed with other codecs are not compatible with iMovie.
▶️ Which is the best video format for a Mac?
The best video format for a Mac is MOV – a native format for QuickTime Player. MOV files are supported even on older versions of macOS. Newer versions also support MP4’s MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs.
▶️ How do I convert MP4 to QuickTime?
To convert MP4 to MOV for QuickTime with Movavi Video Converter, follow the instructions below.
Download the program.
Add the videos you want to convert.
Select the appropriate MOV preset.
Click the Convert button.
For a more detailed version of the guide, follow the link below:
▶️ Why can't I play MP4 files on my Mac?
If you cannot play an MP4 file on your Mac, it most likely means that the video uses a codec not compatible with the device. Try transcoding it to a more widely used code, such as H.264.
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