How to Convert Videos to MP4 Format

MPEG-4 (MP4) is an audio and video format that delivers high-quality audio and video streams on various devices and applications including cell phones and portable video players. It delivers DVD quality playbacks over lower data rates and smaller file sizes compared with many other formats. It works with a variety of video codecs and was adopted by many Internet media content providers. Converting a video to MP4 format requires a video converter program.

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Download and install a free video converter program such as AVC Video Converter (see Resources).

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Launch your program from the location you saved it during installation and click the "Add Video" button on top of the programs window.

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Locate the video file you want to convert from the location it is saved on your computer and click "Open" to load it to your program. If you want to import a video from the Internet, click the "Youtube" button.

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Type in the URL address of the video you want to import and click "OK." Once the Internet video is imported to the source window, click the "Play" button to preview it on the monitor before proceeding.

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Drag the "Mark In" and "Mark Out" buttons on the monitor to select the length and portion of the video to convert. If you want to convert the whole video, leave it as it is.

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Select "Customized MP4 Movie (*.MP4)" on the output format window. On the lower panel just beneath the monitor, select the video size and bit-rate settings.

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Select the audio quality settings and select "Stereo" for a balanced left and right sound playback.

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Click "Convert/Encode" on the top panel to convert the input video file to MP4 format.