To convert MOV to MP4 files, we prefer to use CloudConvert, a freemium online service designed to handle a wide range of file formats with little to no hassle.
(It is free to use, but there are premium versions of the service that you can opt to subscribe to. And the free service may or may not require you to sign up for a free account. But more on that later.)
It’s been our go-to choice for years, but given you have to upload your video files to a remote server, keep in mind that the company that converts your video may have access to it.
And when using online conversion methods, we think it’s worth noting that you should always practice some level of restraint with converting potentially inappropriate or private videos.
But CloudConvert appears to be a great online file conversion option with no serious complaints against it that we know of.
We also recommend Online-Convert.com as another excellent conversion tool.
Here’s how to convert MOV to MP4 using CloudConvert:
Step 1: From the CloudConvert homepage, click the Select File button. Pick the MOV file you’re going to convert, then select Open from the File Explorer screen’s bottom corner.
Step 2: On the next page, click on the Down Arrow icon next to the phrase Convert To. Then, choose MP4 from the menu that appears.
Step 3: Click the Convert button to the right. Once the conversion is complete, CloudConvert may automatically play your newly converted video file for you so you can see if the conversion is how you want it to look. If the video looks fine to you, you can download the file by clicking on the green Download button.
The file will go to your Downloads folder, and from there, you can watch your MP4 video on any compatible device or platform.
Note: While the conversion service is free and doesn’t require signing up for an account to use, there is a caveat. It’s only free and doesn’t require an account if your video file is small enough that it doesn’t exceed your allotted “conversion minutes,” which is 10 minutes. So if you have a large video file that you know is going to take longer than 10 minutes to process, you’ll need to sign up for a free account first. Free accounts grant a maximum of 25 minutes a day. If you need more than that, you’ll need to get a paid subscription.
If you don’t want to use an online converter because of privacy reasons — or you’d just rather use desktop software to convert your MOV files to MP4 — you can do that too. Here are a couple of offline conversion app options you can use to convert MOV to MP4, depending on your operating system:
iMovie is a great option for MacOS users because it’s already built-in and you’re probably already familiar with how to use it. It’s free, and there’s no installation needed. In just a few clicks, you can import your MOV file and export it as an MP4 file. Simple.
Any Video Converter Free (Windows)
This desktop converter tops our list of the best free video converters — and for good reason. Any Video Converter Free is free and lets you convert to a wide variety of video formats, edit your videos, and customize your videos (like adding subtitles). It also has a simple, easy-to-understand interface. And it’s available for both Windows and MacOS.
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