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How to Convert Out-dated 3GP Files to MP4 Format

"I'm used to editing videos with Adobe Premiere Pro. Recently, I have updated my Promiere Pro CC to the latest version. I found it failed to recognized my old 3GP videos, giving me an error message that 'The file has an unsupported compression type.' How can I open and edit 3GP video in Adobe Premier Pro?"

"My friend send me some 3GP video files from her phone. But I cannot open them on my Windows PC. Is there a way to view 3GP files without problem?"

3GP file format used on 3G mobile phones is outdated. If the 3GP file won't play or open your computer, video editor, or mobile devices, converting to MP4 format can be easily done with video converter programs. In this article, I'd like to show you how to convert 3GP to MP4 format easily.

Table of Contents

Part 1: How to Convert 3GP to MP4 Fast & Easily

Seeking for a solid video converter could be the first thing to convert 3GP to MP4. Throughout the comparison of video converting software on the market, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is proudly to be one of the best 3GP to MP4 converters owing to the features below:

  • Built-in with 370+ video/audio codecs, it converts 3GP file to MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV etc, and vice versa.
  • It supports Hardware encoders (Nvidia CUDA/NVENC) and hyper-threading tech, speeding up video conversion to 47x real-time faster.
  • High Quality Engine helps optimize images/audios, achieving lossless quality after 3GP to MP4 transcoding.
  • With 420+ preset profiles for devices, the software can convert 3GP to MP4 with precisely calculated parameters to absolutely meet video specs of iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, Sony PlayStation, Xbox and smart TVs.
  • No file size limits, no ads, no popping ups, no redirects.

Steps to Convert 3GP Files to MP4 on Windows and macOS

Step 1. Run WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on your computer. Click the + Video button to load the source 3GP file or directly drag and drop it to the program main interface.

Step 2. Once the video is loaded, an Output Profile window appears. Choose General Profiles in category list on the left of the window and select MP4 Video (codec: h264+aac) or MPEG4 video (mpeg4 + mp3) as output format. Click the OK button to save the profile change.

Step 3. Click the RUN button to start converting 3GP video file to MP4 format.

convert 3GP to MP4 WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Part 2: Online Solutions for 3GP to MP4 Conversion

Actually, there are some users would like to convert 3GP to MP4 with online services as they don't want to install any extra software on their computer. It's definitely a good idea. Online video converter is not only available on desktop, but also on mobile. Usually, you can convert 3GP to MP4 within 4 steps, namely select 3GP files locally > choose MP4 as output format > Convert > download the output MP4 video. All done.

Convert 3GP to MP4 online
Convert 3GP to MP4 online

However, not all is good. If your 3GP file exceeds the max file size limit, you'll be asked to upgrade to the pro version or else totally fail to convert your video. Moreover, as you need upload your video online, there is a risk of data security more or less. When you convert 3GP to MP4 with web servers like cloudconvert, Zamzar, convertio, etc., you have to rely on the internet connection. A poor or unstable connection could ruin the video conversion completely.

Part 3: To Know more about 3GP file format

3GP (.3gp) is a video format frequently used on 3G mobile phones but can also be played on some 2G and 4G phones. Most 3G capable mobile phones support the playback and recording of video in 3GP format. 3GP file format is designed to save data usage and bandwidth. Learn more about 3GP file format on Wikipedia.

3GP or MP4?

3GP refers to a video container format which stores video and audio streams as well as 3GP Timed Text for subtitles. Third Generation Partnership Project developed it to save storage, bandwidth and data usage on GSM-based mobile phones. Most 3G phones, some 2G/4G phones and mainstream video players like WMP, QuickTime, VLC etc, can play 3GP file.

MP4 is the most popular video container format nowadays which is widely used for mobiles, TVs and online video streaming. It contains videos, audios and other data streams like subtitles and still images. A MP4 file is commonly with an extension .MP4 but still has other types like .m4a and .m4v to figure out special data it includes, for example encrypted streams.

3GP vs MP4
3GP vs MP4

3GP and MP4 are similar for both of them store MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.264/MPEG AVC video streams for better usage on mobile and streaming over the internet. Yet, MP4 supports more high compression video formats (for example HEVC) to deliver better quality but smaller size for a file and boasts a wider compatibility with modern devices and virtually all multimedia software. To play a 3GP movie on newly-released phones, tablets, game consoles or smart TVs, it is better to change the format to fully acceptable MP4 achieving the best playback experience. What's more, converting 3GP to MP4 can help us uploading videos online flawlessly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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