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

3GP file format used on 3G mobile phones is outdated.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. Web servers like cloudconvert, Zamzar, convertio, etc. convert 3GP to MP4 file format free online with limited max file size 200MB or 500MB. One of our favorite video converters that support massive formats and deliver fast processing speed is WinX HD Video Converter, and it has no file size limit.

Free Download the 3GP to MP4 Converter for Windows and macOS

Look at the main features of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, free download it, and use steps below to convert 3GP to MP4 format.

  • Built-in with 370+ video/audio codecs, it converts 3GP file to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV etc, and vice versa.
  • It supports Hardware encoders (Nvidia CUDA/NVENC) and hyper-threading tech, greatly speeding up video processing speed (5x faster than other video converter programs).
  • 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.

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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 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.


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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