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How to Convert Video to MP4 from Other Formats

Nowadays, as the screen size of our phone is getting bigger and bigger, more and more people like to watch videos and movies on their phones or other mobile devices like the iPad. But the problem is there are a lot of videos in different formats causing incompatibility between videos and devices. The obvious solution is to convert it to a new format that’s compatible with your mobile device. And obviously, MP4 format would be one of the best choices for playing in mobile devices because it’s a cross-platform format supported by Windows, Mac OS, Android OS, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile, etc. This post would present you with few ideas as to how to convert video to MP4 from other formats. In the previous article, we have discussed how to convert QuickTime to MP4.

Part 1: Convert Video to MP4 from Other Formats with Leawo Video Converter

There are a lot of video converters out there on the market for us to choose from. Among those video converters, I would recommend Leawo Video Converter, which is a powerful video converter to convert video to MP4. Equipped with an easy-to-use interface, this professional video converter does not require any technical expertise and powered by leading-edge coding technology, this video converter is able to convert a video at 6 times faster speed. Besides video input and output, this converter also supports audio input and output and even allows you to convert video files to audio files. In other words, you can make use of Leawo Video Converter to extract audio files from video files. As claimed on Leawo official site, Leawo Video Converter supports up to 180 formats including  Common Video (MP4, H.265 MP4, MKV, H.265 MKV, MOV, etc.), Common Audio (AAC, AC3, WAV, MP3, WMA, FLAC, etc.), HD Video (HD MP4, HD AVI, HD TS, HD VOB, etc.), and 4K Video (4K MP4 and 4K MKV). 

For Mac users, the Mac counterpart of Leawo Video Converter i.e. Leawo Video Converter for Mac is available. The method to convert video or audio files with the Mac version is nearly the same as that with the Windows version. Here we take the Windows version as an example to convert video to MP4. Download and install Leawo Video Converter on your computer, and follow the guide below to convert video to MP4.

Step 1: Import Source Video File

Launch Leawo Video Converter, go to the “Convert” tab, and click the “Add Video” button on the sub-menu to load your source video file. Alternatively, you can directly drag and drop the source video file into the program interface. After the video file is imported, you could playback the video file, select subtitles and audio tracks from a source video file, add external subtitles to loaded source video files, edit loaded video files, etc.

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Step 2: Set MP4 as Output Format

Click the drop-down box named “MP4 Video” by default next to the “Add Photo” button. On the drop-down list, select the “Change” option.

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Then on the popup Profile window, select “MP4” from the “Format” column as output format. Please note that once you change the output format, the name of the drop-down box will change as well. As the default format of this video converter is MP4, you can actually ship this process if you want to convert video to MP4 output.

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Note: If you need, you could click the “Edit” button on the drop-down profile setting box to adjust video and audio parameters like video codec, aspect ratio, frame rate, resolution, audio codec, bit rate, channel, sample rate, etc.

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Step 3: Convert Video to MP4

Click the big green “Convert” button on the sub-menu bar next to the format setting drop-down box. Then, on the popup sidebar, set the output directory. After setting an output directory, click the “Convert” button right below. Leawo Video Converter would start to convert video to MP4 immediately.

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Note: Leawo Video Converter is equipped with an internal video editor, which allows users to trim video length, add video watermark, crop video size, adjust video effect, turn 2D video into 3D video, and remove video background noise.

Part 2: Convert Video to MP4 from Other Formats with Freemake Video Converter

Secondly, you can use Freemake to convert video to MP4 free and in high quality. The detailed steps to convert video to MP4 are nearly the same as that of Leawo Video Converter. Import video to Freemake, choose MP4 as video output and start to convert video to MP4. For details steps, please check the following description.

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Step 1. Import Video to Freemake

Download and install Freemake on your computer, kick-off Freemake, and click the “+Video” button to choose and import a source video file. Also, it’s possible to drag and drop multimedia clips into the freeware.

Step 2. Choose MP4 Output Video Format

Hit the “to MP4” button on the lower formats bar of the free video to MP4 converter application to pop up a small window.

Step 3. Convert Video to MP4

Click the “Convert” button in the pop-up window to start converting video to MP4. The conversion process may take some time depending on your original file size and length.

Part 3: Convert Video to MP4 from Other Formats with Handbrake

Primarily known as the DVD ripping program, HandBrake is available on Mac and Windows operating system. Not limited to DVD ripping, HandBrake is able to convert any video files into different formats. For example, you can convert a video file into MP4 with HandBrake. Please note that some degree of picture quality may lose when converting one video format to a different video format. Here let’s start to convert video to MP4 with HandBrake.

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Step 1: Import Source Video into HandBrake

Launch HandBrake on your Mac or computer, click “Open Source” in the menu bar to choose and import a source video file into HandBrake.

Step 2: Set MP4 as Output Format

Open the "Format" drop-down menu and select MP4 as the output format in order to convert video to MP4.

Step 3: Start to Convert Video to MP4

Before the video to the MP4 conversion process, you can choose the output directory to contain a converted video file. Click the “Start Encode” button at the top of the window to convert the source video into the selected MP4 format.

Part 4: Convert Video to MP4 from Other Formats with Zamzar

In this part, I will share an online video converter Zamzar to do the trick with you. Zamzar could offer free online file conversion service that could help you convert video to MP4 online and free.

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Step 1. Import Video File into Zamzar

Visit the official website of Zamzar, and then we need to import source video files by clicking “Add Files”.

Step 2. Choose Output Video Format

After importing the source video file, we can choose a variety of video formats as the output. To convert to MP4, you need to choose “MP4” as output video format.

Step 3. Download File after Conversion Is Complete

Click “Convert Now” after the output video format is set. After a few seconds of transmission, the conversion is complete. At this time, a new interface will pop up asking you to download or select another operation. Click “Download” to get converted results in the MP4 container format.

Part 5: Convert Video to MP4 from Other Formats with ClipConverter

ClipConverter allows you not only to convert video files but also to download video files online. It supports YouTube (HD, 720p, 1080p, 4K), Vimeo, Facebook Video and many more. You can upload your local video file for converting or just paste the URL of your source video. Check out to convert video to MP4 online with ClipConverter.

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Step 1. Add Source Video File

If you have a URL, paste the URL of your source video file. Instead, you can upload your local video file.

Step 2. Choose MP4 Output

Select MP4 format and then choose the quality (720p, 1080p, 2k, 4k) for the conversion.

Step 3. Start to Convert Video to MP4

Click “Start” to begin the conversion process. After a while, you can download the converted file in MP4 format.

Part 6: Comparison among These 5 Video Converters

Among these five video converters, which one is the best one? Please check out the comparison table below.

Leawo Video Converter FreeMake Video Converter Handbrake Zamzar ClipConverter
Available on Mac Yes No, available on Windows only Yes Yes Yes
Easy to use Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supported input file formats Audio: FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, M4A, MP2, MP3, OGG, RA, AU, WAV, WMA, MKA

Video: AVI, MP4, DAT, WEBM, RMVB, MPG, MPEG, VOB, MOV, M4V, QT, FLV, F4V, NSV, NUT, MKV, MTS/M2TS/TS/TP/TRP(AVCHD, H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2 HD), MOD, TOD, DV, WMV, ASF, 3GP, 3G2, DVR-MS
AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, FLV, 3GP, MPEG, DVD, Blu-ray, MP3, iPhone, iPad, PSP, Android, Xbox, Samsung, Nokia, BlackBerry AVI, ASF, DVD, FLV, QuickTime, MP4, MPEG-PS, MKV, and any other video formats MP4, 3GP, AVI, MOV, MKV, MP3, M4A, AAC, etc. MP4, 3GP, AVI, MOV, MKV, MP3, M4A, AAC, etc.
Supported output file formats Audio: FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, M4A, MP2, MP3, OGG, RA, AU, WAV, WMA, MKA
3D video formats: 3D MP4, 3D WMV, 3D AVI, 3D MKV, 3D YouTube video, etc.
HD video formats: HD MP4, HD AVI, HD MOV, HD TS, HD TRP, HD VOB, HD MPG, HD WMV, HD ASF
Common video formats: MP4-AVC, MP4-XviD, MP4-H.264, AVI, ASF, WEBM, MOV, RMVB, FLV, F4V, TS, DAT, WMV, MKV, XviD, DV, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL/SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL/SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL/SECAM, 3GP, 3G2, DPG
Same as input Same as input Same as input Same as input
Customize output video and audio parameters Yes, users can adjust video and audio parameters like Video Frame Rate, Encoder, Bitrate; Audio Sample Rate, Channels, Encoder, Bitrate Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internal video player Yes Yes Yes No No
Internal video editor Yes, it allows users to merge video files, rotate video angle, trim video length, crop video size, add watermark, and adjust video effect Yes Yes No No
Add 3D effects to 2D video Leawo Video Converter Yes No No No
Add subtitles and choose audio tracks Yes No No No Subtitle adding is available, but audio track selection is not
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