How to Convert MOV to MP4

By Tammy Clevenger

A common reason for converting MOV files to MP4 files is so the video file may be played on a Blackberry, PDA or a smartphone. The MOV file type is the standard Apple QuickTime video file type. The MP4 file format is the new compact video container format, enabling a combination of different types of multimedia data (video, audio, text). Converting MOV files to MP4 files is a straightforward process when a video conversion application is used. Several video conversion applications are available for trial periods, and some are available free of charge. Trial versions of OJOsoft's Total Video Converter and Xilisoft's Video Converter are both available for free evaluation. The Xilisoft product is used in this example.

Things You'll Need

  • Video file conversion application

Step 1

Download and install the video conversion application.

Step 2

Open the video file conversion application.

Step 3

Click the "File" option on the top navigation bar.

Step 4

Select the "Add File" option from the menu. A navigation dialog window will appear.

Step 5

Navigate to the MOV file to be converted.

Step 6

Select the file or files to add to the video conversion application process. Once added, the file(s) will appear in the video conversion application window. By default, a checkbox appears in front of the file name. Make sure the check box is checked for the file or files to be converted.

Step 7

Click the down arrow in the Profile section to select the output file type and file name of the output file. For the output video file, select the MP4 file type to convert the MOV file to an MP4.

Step 8

Select the output folder for the new file. The new MP4 file will be saved in this location once converted.

Step 9

Click the "Convert Checked Item(s)" to process and save the file as an MP4 file.

Step 10

Open Windows Explorer by right-clicking on the "Start" button and selecting "Explore." Navigate to the specified output folder. Verify the new MP4 file by playing in a video player such as Windows Media Player or Winamp.

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