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My Favorite Tool to Convert MP4 File to MOV Format

I'd like to convert my .mp4 video to .mov on my Mac computer. Someone recommended using FFMPEG to convert the video clip. I've tried many conversions using FFmpeg, QuickTime, Streamclip, and VLC. Each time the output video is fine, but there's no sound. The MP4 file contains H.264, 496x369, 25.00 fps video, aac, 48000 Hz, stereo audio.

The question is posted on VideoHelp. Though MP4 is a universally compatible format, we see a growing trend to convert MP4 to MOV so as to play MP4 on Mac successfully. The reason for the trend is not what we focus on. Here we share a video converter program from WinXDVD, WinX HD Video Converter for MP4 to MOV conversion.

Why I Choose WinX HD Video Converter

I got WinX HD Video Converter from WinXDVD's special offer, and I've tried hundreds of video clip conversion using the program. Some video files I have are HEVC 4K, some 1080p MKV, some AVI. They worked fine, no lagging, and I saw no quality loss from the file I finally got. It supports most video container/codec format we know, including MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, VP9, HEVC, H.264, AV1, and more. If you are confused about which format to choose from, no worries, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe offers preset profiles designed for various devices, for example, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, game console, to name a few. Hardware acceleration support dramatically speeds up video processing.

Steps to Change MP4 to MOV Format on Windows or macOS

You can free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on this page or from its product page. Nearly all the functions and features are displayed on its main interface. This will maximally save time for both junior and senior users.

Step 1: Load your MP4 file. Add your MP4 video into WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe by clicking the "+Video" button. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the video to the main interface. You can also click the "Clear" icon to clear out the added video clips then imported others.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Step 2: Choose MOV under HD Video Category. After you import the MP4 file, this software will automatically pop up a window showing output formats. You can follow this: Output Profile Category - HD Video - MOV HD Video, then click "OK". With a wide range of output options and 420+ codec built-in, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can convert MP4 to WMV, MKV to MP4, HEVC to H.264, to name a few, or convert videos with preset profiles such as iPhone, iPad Samsung, Android mobiles, game consoles, iMovie, FCP, etc.

Step 3: Change video audio settings. You can ignore this step if you want to keep the video audio settings default. Go to the parameter setting panel to customize the output parameters, like Audio/Video Quality, video frame rate, bit rate, resolution, audio sample rate, and more.

Click the browse button to select a destination folder to save the output MOV video file.

Step 4: Click the RUN button to process MP4 to MOV transcoding. You can choose to shut down your computer or open the output folder after conversion so you don't have to sit before your computer waiting for the conversion to finish.

Convert MP4 to MOV with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe
Convert MP4 to MOV with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Other Possible Ways to Convert MP4 Files to MOV (Not Recommended)

Use QuickTime to Change .mp4 to .mov

If you are using Mac computer, you can use QuickTime to convert .mp4 to QuickTime .mov. It's quite easy. Just open the source MP4 file on QuickTime, go to File > Export > 720p (or other resolution) from the menu bar. The output file will be saved in .mov format. There isn't any difference except the file extension. This way only works when you want to change the file extension or container format.

Export MP4 to MOV QuickTime
Export MP4 to MOV QuickTime

Export .mp4 video file to .mov in iMovie

This iMovie way is similar to QuickTime way, which changes the file extension. There's no export option, "share" function can help convert .mp4 to QuickTime .mov. Open iMovie, select the MP4 video file you'd like to convert, choose "share". Then you should see a separate menu. Choose to email the clip. Open the file on email app you select, right click on the file, and choose "save to downloads folder".

Export MP4 to MOV iMovie
Export MP4 to MOV iMovie


Since .mov is an Apple format, many programs developed by Apple can change .mp4 to .mov, such as iMovie, QuickTime we mentioned above. MOV is also a format widely preferred by video editors, so, many video editor programs support converting MP4 to MOV format, for example, Adobe Premiere Pro, VideoProc. Web services can do the conversion task, but we hate ads, popping ups, slow speed, and file size limit. So, we prefer a professional video converter program like WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.


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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