MOV is the typical proprietary format that Apple uses for the inbuilt media player- QuickTime, that comes with all (almost) versions of OS X. If you are a Mac user who often deals with video then, definitely you have come across this MOV file at one or the other time.
MOV format is like MPEG-2 file. Yet, the MOV format never reached the extensive usage as MPEG-2, making it a headache for users who own an OS or gadget that doesn’t belong to Apple’s family. As majority of the users across the globe prefer MP4 format, as it is the most recognized video standard that is supported by all the devices.
Why to Convert MOV to MP4 format?
MP4 is a highly recognized video standard that is majorly preferred by users all over the world. This video format is highly suitable for video streaming over the internet which has become the main platform for accessing or streaming videos. As MP4 is more internet-friendly when compared to other popular video formats like MOV, AVI, FLV, etc. the conversion becomes inevitable.
MP4 videos are highly compressed using different procedures with less loss of quality and it is supported by media players like VLC, Apple’s QuickTime player, Microsoft’s Windows media player, and many more
You don’t need any external software to convert MOV file to MP4. Just using iMovie (the proprietary video-editing software that came within your Mac system) only you can do this job!
How to Convert MOV to MP4 with iMovie?
Step 1: First, open iMovie app, a built-in video-editing software for Mac.
If the iMovie program is not present in your Mac dock, click on the Finder icon, choose Applications from the left-side pane, and opt iMovie program from the resultant window.
Step 2: Open the File menu and select “New Movie” from the drop-down list. Select option of “No Theme” if you are asked to choose any.
Step 3: Next opt for “Import Media”. Browse and add the MOV file that you want to convert by selecting and hitting “Import Selected” button present at the right-bottom hand corner.
Step 4:The selected MOV video will open as a new Project. Next, go to the app toolbar, select File and choose Share option.
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Step 5: In the subsequent window, click File button and if needed edit the preferences and then click Next button.
Step 6: From the new pop-up window, enter the location where you want to save the converted MOV file. Finally, click Save to complete the MOV to MP4 conversion process.
Your movie file will be converted into an MP4 file and exported to the mentioned location.