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[2 Ways] Convert MOV to MP4 for Free

Tracy King updated on Feb 18, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

In the following, you will learn two free methods for converting MOV files to MP4 without losing quality. If you are in the need of changing .mov to .mp4, refer to either method provided on this page for help now. 

Convert mov to mp4

2 Ways - Convert MOV to MP4 for Free

Some of you may have met the same issue that MOV videos become unplayable in QuickTime or other video players on smartphones or PC. Don't worry when you met this issue on your computer. The best try for this issue is to change the file extension of MOV to other file formats, such as MP4. 

MP4, as one of the most popular video formats, is widely used for playing videos on computers, phones, tablets, and other devices.

This part includes 2 reliable ways that can assist you in converting MOV to MP4 for free. You may follow either method below to make your video playable again. 

# 1. Use MOV to MP4 Video Converter Software

Unlike a manual method, automated video converter software can make it easy for any user to convert video from MOV to MP4 without losing its quality.

EaseUS Video Editor with its video converting feature can effectively convert MOV to MP4 for free without losing its quality.

MOV to MP4 converting tutorial:

During the process, you may adjust the video resolution to be the same while converting MOV to MP4 with the following steps.

Step 1. Import the source file

Launch EaseUS Video Editor. On the home screen, you can import the source file by either clicking the "Import" option or simply dragging the video to the appropriate area.

import file

Step 2. Add to project

You need to add the imported file to the track by choosing the "Add to Project" option, or you can drag and place the video to the track as you want.

add to project

Step 3. Export the source file

Now you can click "Export" on the main menu on the top.

export

Step 4. Save as MP4/AVI/WMV/MKV/MOV/GIF

Under the "Video" tab, choose a file format among the available options as the desired video file format. 

add to project

On the right pane, you can edit the file name, customize an output folder and settings and then click "Export".

add to project

Now, you may play the converted video file in MP4 format on your device again. 

# 2. Manually Change MOV File Extension to MP4

MOV, as a popular file extension for QuickTime multimedia file format, is widely used on computers and phones. As some experienced users may know that the file extension of a video can be changed to other file formats such as .mp4 in a manual way. 

Therefore, another practical way that you may try is to manually change .mov to .mp4. Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1. Open File Explorer, under the View tab, click "Options".

Step 2. On the Folder Options window, uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types".

Show file extension before converting mov to mp4

Step 3. Create a copy of the target MOV file and right-click on the copied file, select "Rename". 

Step 4. Change the file extension of the video file from .mov to .mp4. And click "Yes" to confirm the change. 

Convert MOV to MP4 by manual method.

After this, you should be able to play the MP4 video on your device again.

FAQs of MOV to MP4 Conversion

Besides practical ways of converting MOV to MP4, some of you may have more questions. Here are some frequently asked questions that we collected from Google and provided a brief answer for you to check below:

1. Does Converting MOV to MP4 Lose Quality?

Basically, there are two key factors that may affect the video quality regardless of its file format. 

# 1. Reduce in video codec bitrate.

If you changed or reduced the default bitrate of video codec while converting video, the file size of the video, as well as its quality, will be reduced.

# 2. Change the video code.

If you change the video codec to advance the video codec of the stream, the video will reduce in size but the quality will not be degraded.

In a word, if you don't change the video code or reduce its codec bitrate, you will not lose the video quality no matter which file format you choose to convert the video to. Therefore, converting MOV to MP4 doesn't lose quality. 

2. Is MOV the Same as MP4? MOV vs. MP4

Both MOV and MP4 are encoded with MPEG-4 codec. MP4 was developed on the basis of MOV. However, these two file formats are not the same. 

  • MOV, a file format for videos and other multimedia, was developed by Apple Inc for use with the Apple QuickTime Player.
  • MP4, a multimedia file format, was developed by Moving Picture Experts Group to work with a wide range of devices.

MOV vs MP4: 

Check the chart below, learn the difference between MOV and MP4:

Comparison MOV MP4
Pros

 

  • MOV is safe and efficient for Mac computers.
  • Supported by QuickTime player, Windows Media player, and Real Player, etc., media players.
  • MOV is of High quality and size than other multimedia formats.
  • MP4 is efficient for both Windows and Mac computers.
  • Supported by more media players than MOV, associated with a computer, mobile, and other devices.
  • MP4 enhances the high-resolution content by using the latest codec H264.
  • P4 is more flexible than MOV, which has more tagging options and is employed in most platforms outside of Mac systems.
Cons
  • MOV is not available on all platforms.
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3. Which Video Format Is Better, MP4 or MOV?

Basically, both MP4 and MOV are top recommended file formats for videos. As MP4 and MOV are all encoded with MPEG-4 codec, the video quality of both file formats is most the same.

However, as MOV and MP4 are developed by a different company, supporting different media players on different operating systems, you shall be careful while setting the video format.

  • If you are using Mac computer or Apple media players, MOV is the best choice for you.
  • If you use Windows computer or other non-Apple media players, MP4 is the best file format of your video.

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