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How to Convert QuickTime Movies to MP4 on Mac/Windows

QuickTime doesn't export movies in MP4 format on Mac. In QuickTime player, your movie clip is exported with .mov file extension using the H.264 or HEVC codec. You may need to convert QuickTime MOV video files to MP4 format for wider support on Android mobile devices, software, DVD players, or on other platforms. In this post, follow to learn how to free convert QuickTime MOV videos movies to MP4 video on Mac/Windows with a free video converter program, or using a free online service.

Way 1. Convert QuickTime Video to MP4 with Desktop Video Converter

Step 1. Free download a solid video converter

Try WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe - a top-rated video converter for Mac and Windows. It converts QuickTime movies videos MOV to MP4, AVI, WMV, H.264, FLV, WebM, etc. with 50x faster than online services. The program fully supports QSV and CUDA/NVENC hardware acceleration and hyper-threading technology. It supports nearly all video and audio formats with presets optimized for hardware and software, such as iPhone, iPad, Android mobiles, TVs, YouTube, Instagram, etc.

Step 2. Load source QuickTime movies

Choose and open one or more QuickTime video files from Mac or Windows by clicking the "+ video" icon or direct drag-and-drop. Batch conversion can be processed and there's no limits on the nubmer of videos users can transcode.

Step 3. Choose MP4 as the output format

The QuickTime video will be loaded quickly and the profile window appears. Choose "MP4 H264" from the Video tab on the bottom of the Output Profile interface. You can also choose 4K MP4 Video for higher resolution but also larger file size.

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Step 4. Start QuickTime video to MP4 conversion

Press "RUN" button to start converting QuickTime MOV video to MP4 speedily. You can cancel the video conversion process any time.

Way 2. Convert QuickTime Movie to MP4 Free Online

Step 1. Choose a free online QuickTime to MP4 video converter.

There are a number of free limited online video converter services. We recommend cloudconvert here for QuickTime to MP4 video conversion job.

Step 2. Open the online service and load source video

Open cloudconvert website, choose the red "Select File" button and find the source QuickTime video you'd like to convert to upload. You can add more than one video at a time, batch video conversion is supported by the free online QuickTime movie to MP4 video converter.

Step 3. Choose MP4 output format

Click the drop-down icon next to the "Convert to" section after the video is loaded. Select MP4 from the drop-down output format list, and click the red Convert button. The video file starts uploading. It may take a long time to upload the source video.

Step 4. Download the converted QuickTime movie file

Wait for the video uploading process to complete. Then download the converted QuickTime to MP4 video file to your computer. The source video will be deleted by the online server permanently within 72 hours.


  • Cloudconvert allows free 25 conversions a day.
  • The conversion process is extremely slow for users without a subscription.
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FAQs on QuickTime Video to MP4 Conversion

How do I convert a QuickTime movie to MP4 on Mac?

Use a desktop video converter program or online video conversion service. You can try directly change the QuickTime movie file extension to .mp4. But this way may result in the QuickTime movie file not playing properly.

Can you export QuickTime video as MP4?

In QuickTime player, your movie is exported as a QuickTime movie (.mov) using the H.264 or HEVC codec. QuickTime movies are exported as MPEG audio files if you only export as audio. QuickTime doesn't export movies in MP4 format on Mac. To convert QuickTime movies to MP4 format, you need third-party video converter help.

What file format is QuickTime?

QTFF, QT, or MOV, MOV is more commonly used. QuickTime files come with the extension .mov. MOV was used for QuickTime movies and was usually called the "QuickTime movie" format. QuickTime file format MOV is developed by Apple and is accepted by Apple hardware and software. Many Windows based and Android devices don't have support for QuickTime MOV movie format.


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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