How to Convert Mac Movie Files to a PC

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

PCs can play a number of video file formats that a Macintosh computer cannot, such as AVI and Windows Media video. Converting a Mac movie file to one of these other video formats allows for more versatility when used on a PC. While there are a number of programs that can convert a Mac movie file into a specific video format, the Quicktime Pro Player program can convert a Mac Movie file into a number of these PC-compatible video formats. The Quicktime Player Program is also cross-platform and works in a similar fashion on PCs as it does on Macs.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Web browser

Step 1

Download and install the free Quicktime Player program from the Apple website (see link in "Resources," below). Return to the website and buy the serial number that will turn the Quicktime Player program into the Quicktime Pro Player program that can convert Mac movie files into different PC-compatible movie formats.

Step 2

Run the Quicktime Player program. Go to "File" and select "Registration" from the drop-down menu. Enter the serial number that was purchased into the open column at the top of the window that appears. Close the window by clicking the "OK" button at the bottom of the window. Quit the Quicktime Player program.

Step 3

Run the Quicktime Pro Player program that has now been converted from the Quicktime Player program. Drag the Mac movie file into the Quicktime Pro Player's icon that is in the dock at the left or bottom of the screen. Wait as the Mac movie file loads into the Quicktime Pro Player program.

Step 4

Go to "File" and select "Export" from the dropdown menu. Select "Movie to AVI" from the drop-down menu next to the "Export" tab in the window that appears, or select "Movie to Windows Media" from the drop-down menu. Select "Most Recent Settings" from the drop-down menu next to the "Use" tab, which is below the "Export" tab. Click on the "Save" button at the lower right corner of the window to close the window.

Step 5

Wait as the Quicktime Pro Player program converts the Mac movie file into a PC-compatible AVI or Windows Media video file. Quit the Quicktime Pro Player program once the conversion has been completed and the file saved to the Mac's hard drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use the same name for the PC-compatible files, since each will have a different designation at the end of the name to identify what kind of video file format it is in.
  • Don't have any other video player or video editing program running while using the Quicktime Pro Player program.