There are several common file types for the videos you use – it can be hard to figure out the different uses of AVI, MOV, MP4, and WMV files. Since different files are often unsupported on different social, sharing, and storage platforms, it’s hard to know what format is best for your content. If you work with Apple devices, for example, you’re probably accustomed to seeing video files ending in MOV. But these files aren’t usable on many non-Apple devices and non-Apple apps, so it’s often a good idea to convert them to a more universally usable file type, like an MP4. And your video will take up about 20-40% less memory when you convert it from MOV to MP4!
In this article I’m going to go over a quick way to convert an MOV file to an MP4 using a free, online tool called Kapwing. I’m going to use Kapwing because it requires no downloads, maintains your video quality, and combines its file conversion feature with dozens of other high-powered video editing tools in its editing studio. Plus, it works on computer, phones, and tablets, so you can convert your videos wherever you go! To convert your MOV files, you’ll need to go through just three steps:
- Find Your MOV Video
- Upload Your Video to the Kapwing Studio
- Publish & Download as an MP4!
Step 1: Find Your MOV Video
If you recorded a video on an iPhone, it’s probably in your Photos app, where all the MOV files you've recorded go automatically. The easiest way to convert these videos to MP4 files is to keep them in your Photos app, since Kapwing allows you to upload directly from the app, whether you’re using your computer or your phone.
But if you were sent an MOV file, or downloaded one to your device, then it won’t be in your Photos app. Instead, you’ll need to make sure you know where it is located in your file browser! It’s best to use your desktop, downloads, or a folder that you’ve named yourself.
Step 2: Upload Your Video to the Kapwing Studio
Uploading your video to Kapwing is just as easy! First, go to Kapwing.com and click “Get Started.” This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can convert your MOV video and use all of Kapwing’s photo and video editing tools in one convenient place.
To upload a video from your computer, phone, or tablet, you can select the button that says “Click to upload” and find the file you want to edit in your file browser. You can also find the video in your file browser or Photos app and simply drag & drop it into the Studio window.
Step 3: Publish & Download as an MP4!
Now that your video has been uploaded to the Kapwing Studio, just click “Publish” in the upper right-hand corner to export your video as an MP4. This is the default file type for videos published in the Studio, so you don't need to change any settings!
Once your video is done processing, you’ll go to a page where you can download or continue to edit. Just click “Download” and Kapwing will save the video to your device!
If you’re using a phone, you’ll need to download the Kapwing mobile app to download your YouTube video. The mobile app is a really small download, doesn’t require any login, and is only meant to help you download your videos to your phone! To download your video using the Kapwing app, copy the URL of the video’s download page and paste it into the app’s URL field.
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