How to Convert an MP4 With HandBrake

HandBrake is a free video converter with a number of automated presets for transcoding many types of videos, including MP4s and entire DVD contents. Converting an MP4 is easy using HandBrake; which file format you choose to convert to depends on your needs. For instance, you may want to convert an MP4 to a QuickTime movie for re-editing, as the QuickTime format was made specifically for "ease of editing." Or you may want to convert or simply re-encode your MP4s to an iPod format, which is also a standard feature in HandBrake.

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Download, install and open the HandBrake application (see Resources below).

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Click the "Source" icon in the upper left corner. Locate your MP4 in the finder window and open it in HandBrake.

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Click the "Browse..." button to choose your file's output destination.

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Click the "Presets" or "Toggle Presets" button to choose a conversion format. Set your audio and video codecs and framerate.

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Click "Start" to begin the conversion. Depending on the size of your MP4, this will take several minutes.