How to Convert MP4 to Quicktime

By Andrew Schrader

MP4 files, or MPEG-4s, are standard for Apple QuickTime technology. QuickTime files, or MOVs, remain the "basis for the MPEG-4 container format," according to PC Magazine. Converting software is not difficult using Apple's QuickTime Player, which is free for download from QuickTime Player allows users to convert to and from a number of audio and video formats, including from MP4 to QuickTime movies. Note that converting video footage may result in loss of quality because of compression standards.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • QuickTime Player

Step 1

Download and install QuickTime Player (see Resources). Agree to the terms of use and open.

Step 2

Click "File" on the QuickTime toolbar. Select "Open File" to locate your MP4 in the finder window. Open it in QuickTime.

Step 3

Click "File" and "Export" to bring up the "Save Exported File As" window.

Step 4

Select "Movie to QuickTime Movie" in the "Export" menu bar.

Step 5

Click "Save" to begin the conversion process. This will take several minutes depending on your file's size.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click the "Options" tab in the "Save Exported File As" window to change the compression settings, frame rate and image size as desired.