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How to Convert Video to and from MP4 on a Mac

Edited by Pat Bitton

June 1, 2020

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MPEG-4 or MP4 video files can be viewed on any platform and multimedia device, including Apple products. To be sure that your movie will play back on your iPad, iPod Touch, or Sony PSP, you may need to change the initial format of your files, e.g., to convert MKV to MP4 on your Mac. However, even MP4 files sometimes need to be converted – for example, if the video file you want to transfer to your device is large and there’s not enough free space left.

Here are some situations in which you might need to convert video files.

Your video file won’t open

It could be that your smartphone or media player doesn’t support the video’s format. Convert the video to a more widely used format.

Not enough storage space

Video files can be very large and take up a lot of storage space. Converting them to a different format can reduce the file size.

Distortions during playback

One of the reasons a video may appear choppy is its large size. Changing the video format can make the file play more smoothly.

With Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS, you can easily convert your files into a format suitable for your mobile device, optimizing resolution and file size. Install this handy application and forget about format incompatibility forever! The guide below explains how to change a video format on a Mac in 4 simple steps.

Download and Install Movavi’s MP4 Converter for 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.

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.

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.

Convert Your MP4 Video

Once the output format has been selected, 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.

Now you know how to convert to MP4 on Mac! MP4 conversion is just a small part of the features this powerful Movavi software has. Thanks to support for all popular formats, you can use the program to convert MOV, MKV, FLV, M4V, MTS, VOB, WebM, WMV, and AVI to MP4, rip unprotected DVDs, or extract sound tracks into MP3 audio files. Try it and see how powerful and simple it is.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Play MP4 Files on My Mac?

Although Mac’s default player supports the MP4 video format natively, it can only play files compressed with MPEG-4, MPEG-2, and H.264 codecs. 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 Open My MP4 Video?

MP4 is a container format that can be encoded with various video and audio codecs. QuickTime Player doesn’t support all of these codecs, so you might need to install a special codec component to play some MP4 videos using the QuickTime 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?

iMovie can import MP4 videos, but the program only supports MP4 files encoded with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC codecs. MP4 files compressed with other codecs are not compatible with iMovie.

Which Is the Best Video Format for Mac?

The best video format for 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.

  1. Download the program
  2. Add the videos you want to convert
  3. Select the appropriate MOV preset
  4. Click the Convert button

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