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How to Convert Video to and from MP4 on a Mac

Edited by Pat Bitton

October 24, 2019

If you’re a Windows user, please download the Windows version of the MP4 converter from Movavi.

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. To resolve this problem, convert the video to a more widely used format that is supported on your device.

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 the large file size. Changing the video format can make the file smaller and 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 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 Folder icon. 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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