How to Convert MOV Videos to MP4

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If you want to convert MOV video to MP4 to play on most devices, you have both graphical and command line methods to do it. Here’s how to perform the conversion using the free VLC and FFmpeg tools on Windows and Mac.

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The graphical method: VLC Media Player

To convert your MOV video to MP4 using a graphical option, look no further than the free and open-source VLC Media Player. This application helps you play and convert most media formats on your computers.

To perform your conversion with this application, start by downloading and launching VLC Media Player on your computer.

In the VLC Media Player menu bar, click Media > Convert/Save.

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<p>In the window “Open media”click on “Add” to add your source MOV file.</p>
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In the window “open”, select the folder where your MOV file is located. Then double-click the file to load it into VLC.

Select the MOV file.

At the bottom of the window “Open media”Click on the button “Convert/Save”.

To select

You will land on a window “Convert”. Here in the drop-down menu “Profile”select “Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)”. This ensures that your video is converted to MP4.

Then, next to the field “Destination file”click on “Browse”.

Convert MOV to MP4 with VLC.

In the window that opens, select where you want to save the resulting MP4 file. In the field “File name”type a name for your file followed by .mp4. Make sure your file name does not say .mov at the end.

Then press the button “Save”.

Enter a file name and press

Back in the window “Convert”start the conversion process by clicking “To start up”.

To select

VLC Media Player will start converting your MOV video to MP4. And when it is done, you will find the resulting MP4 file in your specified folder.

Another graphical way to convert media files is to use HandBrake, which is a free tool that converts almost any media format.

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The command line method: FFmpeg

If you prefer using command line methods, FFmpeg is a great free way to convert your MOV videos to MP4 from the command line. This is a tool that you download and then use from the command line to perform media file conversions.

To use it, first go to the FFmpeg site and download the package for your operating system. We will download and provide instructions for the Windows operating system, but the Mac steps aren’t too different.

Once you have downloaded FFmpeg, extract the contents of the archive to a folder on your computer.

Then locate your MOV video, right click on it and select “To copy”.

Right click on the video and choose

Open the folder where you extracted FFmpeg and navigate to the folder “bin”. There, right click anywhere empty and choose “To stick on”. Your MOV video file is now available in the folder “bin”.

Right click anywhere empty and choose

In the same folder “bin”right click anywhere empty and choose “Open in Windows Terminal”.

Right click anywhere empty and select

When Windows Terminal opens, type the following command and press Enter. In the command, replace source.mov with the name of your MOV file and target.mp4 with whatever name you want for your resulting MP4 file.

ffmpeg -i source.mov target.mp4

Convert MOV to MP4 with FFmpeg.

FFmpeg will start the conversion and you will see the progress live on your screen. Wait for it to finish.

MOV to MP4 conversion progress in FFmpeg.

When your conversion is complete, you will find the resulting MP4 file in the same folder “bin”. And you are now ready to play your video file in MP4 format!


FFmpeg is an extremely useful utility, and you can use it to convert many other files as well. Check out our guide to the tool for all of its uses.

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