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How to Convert Video to MP4 Quickly Using VLC Media Player

Like most people, you may watch your various types of videos and audios with VLC media player on Windows, Mac or Linux, or even build your own media library on VLC. It's certainly nice since VLC has a wide support of video formats, including MKV, MOV, MP4, AVI, WebM, WMV etc. But this doesn't mean you can watch those videos directly on other devices like iPhone iPad, Android phones, tabelts, HDTV etc.

If you can convert videos to MP4, it all works out. Fortunately, VLC not only enables you to play videos, but also convert video to MP4 indeed. Here's a simple guide on how to use VLC to convert videos to MP4.

Part 1: How to Free Convert Video to MP4 with VLC?

To begin with, we should download and install VLC media player on our computer. VLC is a cross-platform program that is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. Make sure get the right edition downloaded. Next I'll illustrate how to convert video to MP4 with VLC (v3.0.4) Windows edition. Mac and Linux editions follow the same rules.

Step 1. Open VLC media player, click Media at the top left corner, scroll down and choose Convert / Save.

Step 2. Click + Add button to load the video file(s) you want to convert to MP4. Alternatively, you can directly drag and drop them to the box. Next, click Convert / Save button at the bottom.

load video to VLC for conversion

Step 3. Go to Profile, and click its drop-down button to choose your desired output format. Can't find MP4? You can create MP4 profile by yourself. Click Create a new profile button -> specify a profile name such as MP4 - H.264 + MP3, choose MP4/MOV under Encapsulation -> move to Video codec tab, check Video, and select H-264 under Codec -> move to Audio codec, check Audio, and select MP3 -> click Create. Then, you should see the newly created profile in the list. Just select it.

Step 4. Select the destination folder and the name for the resulting MP4 file.

Step 5. When all settings are done, simply click Start button to begin converting video to MP4. And then you should see the progress in the timeline.

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Part 2: What If VLC Not Working for MP4 Conversion

Since VLC isn't a specialized video converter, it sometimes doesn't work well and has been met with many complaints as follows:

- "It converted to mp4 but it has no audio."
- "It DOES work, and very well, too, except that it is rather slow."
- "It simply does not work. I tried converting from MKV to MP4, and the file is corrupted and not working.”
- "Used to work fine on my old computer, but now every conversion ends with failure. Put the quality at 99, but the videos always end up blurry and grainy."

There are many causes for the possible VLC failure on converting videos to MP4, from the computer hardware to video itself and even more, you have to find the cause and suit the remedy to the case so as to fix the problem. But another way of thinking, it could be better if you find a video converter free from such issues. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is precisely the one which converts any videos to MP4, and all mainstream formats without any problem.

Part 3: An Easier & Faster Way to Convert Videos to MP4

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a professional, easy-to-use, and fast MP4 video converter that can convert almost all videos to MP4 fast with high quality.

• It accepts any kinds of video footages, no matter the GoPro 4K/2.7K footage, 4K/HD recordings by mobiles, or videos of any formats.
• You can convert videos to MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, FLV, WebM, iPhone, iPad, Android, PS4, Xbox, TV and 420+ preset profiles.
• It works up to 47x real-time faster with the support of full hardware acceleration.
• Highest quality resolved thanks to the unique "Auto copy" feature and High Quality engine.
• 3 steps to make all done. Novices can follow the interface prompts to complete the whole process without learning curve.

Tutorial: How to Convert Videos to MP4 without Any Hassle

Preparation: Free download and install this VLC alternative on computer. It's compatible with Windows and Mac.

Free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on Windows 10/8/7
Free download WinX HD Video Converter for Mac on Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Step 1. Launch WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, click + Video to load the videos you want to convert to MP4. If you prefer dragging-n-dropping, then do it.

convert video to mp4 with best VLC file converter alternative

Step 2. Go to Output Profile and choose a MP4 profile. You can choose MP4 encoded with H.264, HEVC, or MPEG4 video codec and MP3 or AAC audio codec. Click Target Format and you will find there're more MP4 profiles optimized for all popular devices like iPhone and Android and video platforms like YouTube and Facebook.

Step 3. Hit RUN, and the video to MP4 conversion will be started immediately. It works much faster than VLC and other competitors thanks to the support for Intel/NVIDIA/AMD powered level-3 hardware acceleration.

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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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