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Best Free MOV to MP4 Converter to Convert MOV to MP4 without Losing Quality

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Where there's smoke, there's fire. You use your iPhone 7/6s or TZ5 to record a .mov video and wanna upload mov to YouTube or Facebook for sharing, but the websites tell you that the mov file is incompatible with them. You download MOV videos from iPhone or get mov files produced by Final Cut Pro or iMovie, but unable to transfer them to your game consoles, Android handheld gadgets. And your MOV files captures too much space on your iOS devices, you feel urgent to compress MOV to smaller size while retaining more details if possible. All these indicate why you need to convert MOV format.

Considering all the cases mentioned, you're advised to convert MOV to MP4 format, since MP4 has advantages over MOV in video compatibility and keeps a perfect balance between file size and quality.

To Free Convert MOV to MP4 on Mac, Top Mac Video Converter is the Key!

MacX Video Converter Free Edition - the first professional free MOV to MP4 converter I wanna recommend to you. With 320+ video and 50+ audio codecs, this Mac video converter enables you to convert almost all the videos to MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, etc. 180+ video and 14+ audio formats, let alone the ordinary MOV to MP4 conversion. It lets you convert MOV to MP4 with H264, MPEG-4, H265, etc. various codecs without affecting video quality, on account of its built-in High Quality Engine, de-interlacing tech, LQ-HQ slide bar and quality-related parameters (bit rate, frame rate, resolution) adjustment.

And its advanced Multi-core CPU (up to 8) utilities can assign once one CPU's work to current several CPUs (maximum at 8) to work simultaneously and another hyper-threading tech enables multiple threads to run on each CPU core, which will dramatically accelerate the MOV to MP4 conversion speed. That's not the whole story. The latest Intel QSV hardware acceleration tech will activate your computer's hardware acceleration to make CPU run even faster when free converting MOV to MP4.

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How to Fast Convert MOV to MP4 on macOS with High Quality for Free

Step 1: Add MOV Video File
Free download the best MOV to MP4 converter for macOS (macOS Mojave also supported) if you haven't, run it and click "Add Video" button to import MOV file. You can also directly drag-drop MOV file into the main interface of this free Mac MOV to MP4 converter.

Step 2: Select MP4 as Output Format
Choose "MP4 Video" as output format from Mac General Video or Mobile Video Profile if you wanna transfer to mobile devices.

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Step 3: Choose Destination Folder
Click "Browse" button to select a destination folder to save converted MP4 file from MOV on macOS.

Step 4: Start to Convert MOV to MP4
Click "RUN". This MOV to MP4 video converter will finish converting videos in few minutes. It's the same to convert AVI to MP4, WMV to MOV, MOV to AVI, etc. just select the output format you want after you load the source video file.

Tips: Tick "Intel" to activate the Intel QSV hardware acceleration tech to speed up MOV to MP4 conversion speed.
Check the boxes of Use High Quality Engine and Deinterlacing to ensure a high-quality conversion.

MOV to MP4 Conversion Test and Specfic Data

Here we have used a 94.7 MB MOV (H264) video for test, converting MOV (H264) to MP4 (H264). The original MOV file is 4 mins 47s in length and 1280x720 in resolution. Frame rate: 23 fps; bit rate: 2768 kbps. The whole test is based on a 27-inch iMac (2011 Middle) with Yosemite OS and 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor.

The test result is that: it takes 38.30 seconds to successfully convert MOV to MP4 on Mac, with 1280x720 resolution, no change on frame rate and video length. A little bit down in bit rate - 2176 kbps, but no visual change in video quality. And the output MP4 file size is only 54.6 MB. If you're satisfied with the output data, you can read on the specfic steps below.


  • Convert MOV to MP4 on Mac (macOS Sierra) and Windows (10/8/7). 
  • Convert MOV video to 180+ video and 14+ audio formats like MTS, MKV, MP4 etc.
  • Automatically repair MP4 video, MOV, MKV, etc. if your file is damaged not severely.
  • Free download video from YouTube, FB, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vevo, etc. 1000+ sites.  


  • Unable to directly convert audio files. 
  • Not a professional audio recorder.

More Choices to Free Convert MOV to MP4 on macOS

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Option 1: Free Online MOV Video to MP4 Converter - Online Converter

As the best online free converter I have used, I must objectively say it's the second-to-none online MP4 free video converter for Mac to convert MOV to MP4 on Mac/Windows, since it can aid you to free convert MOV to digital MP4 damn easy with purely 3 mouse clicks and up to 90% quality reserved. See, choose the output video format "Convert to MP4" → click on "Go" and then upload MOV video files → press "Convert file" button. Then leave the job to this free MOV to MP4 online converter for macOS. One drawback you need to bear if you apply it to convert MOV to MP4, that is the MOV to MP4 conversion process will cost you several mins (5-8 mins), which of course is also related to your computer configuration, network speed, etc.

·  It is simple and pain free to convert MOV to MP4 for Android iOS on Mac/Win.
·  Function well as a free audio converter, as well.
·  Multi-purpose for users to convert image, Ebook and document.  
·  Only convert one video each time.
·  It is brimming with ads and misleading download buttons.
·  MOV to MP4 conversion speed needs to be improved.
· Lossy conversion process to damage the output MP4 quality to certain degree. 
·  MOV to MP4 conversion procedure is unstable sometimes (network connection also related).

Common Problems with MOV to MP4 Conversion on Mac Using Online Converter
The tool fails to recognize the source MOV file.
The free online MOV to MP4 converter stutters or even crashes when loading a large size UHD MOV video file.
Sometimes users cannot find the free converted MP4 file from MOV in inbox.

MOV to MP4 conversion with VLC

Option 2: Convert MOV to MP4 Free with Media Player VLC Player

VLC media player, the world-famous Swiss Army Knife, is not only a top rated meida player for you to play MOV, MP4 files, but also a solid yet free MOV converter for macOS. See it can be used to convert quicktime mov to mp4 with solely 4 clicks shown on the right picture. And after MOV to MP4 conversion task is over, you can also play MP4 video within VLC or stream MP4 video from Mac to Apple TV/Windows 10/8 as you want.

· Change MOV to MP4 as easy as pie.
· Play MP4 MOV files with high quality. 
·  Also AirPlay feature to stream MOV MP4 movie videos from iOS/Mac to Apple TV, etc.
·  Very flexible and lightweight.

·  User interface is quite basic.
·  Movie video downloading ability needs improvement.
·  It couldn't be better if VLC can get a big boost in video conversion speed.

Common Errors with Converting MOV to MP4 Free on macOS via VLC
The output converted MOV to MP4 file has no audio/sound.
MOV to MP4 (H264, AAC) conversion crashes VLC on Mac.
No video on MOV to MP4 conversion on Mac. Converted MP4 file is a black screen with correct audio.
The audio is out of sync with the free converted MP4 video from MOV.

MOV convert to MP4 with QuickTime

Option 3: Free Convert MOV to MP4 on Mac with QuickTime Pro

One more MP4 video converter for Mac tool I wanna share with you is called QuickTime Pro, which I believe is not strange to you. But how to use QuickTime Pro to compress & convert MOV to MP4 or HD MP4? Follow me my friends.

Step 1: Click "File" at the top of your QuickTime Pro, then click "Export" to open up your .mov file.

Step 2: On the pop-up window, select "Movie to MPEG-4". Then press the "Options" button.

Step 3: Opt for "MP4" in the "MPEG-4 Export Settings" dialog-box to choose the codec that you want to use for the compression (also the "Audio" settings can be adjusted as the same).

Step 4: Mouse click on OK until back to the "Save exported file as" window, specify the destination folder to save MP4 file and click "Save". Job's done and leave the rest to QuickTime Pro.

It's easy to use to convert MOV to video formats like MP4 on macOS.
It's multipurpose and can be used to edit MP4 video file.

Cannot extract MP3 audio files from MP4 video.
Only support a limited selection of codecs.

General Errors When Free Converting MOV to MP4 on Mac with QT Pro
Error -43: a file could not be found.
Error 11821 when converting MOV file to MP4 on Mac.
Error message states that it's a file QT Pro doesn't understand - 2048.

Summary: The aforementioned solutions to convert MOV to MP4 on macOS, each has its own merits. The professional free MOV to MP4 video converter for Mac, MacX Video Converter Free Edition gives the widest codecs support and can aid you to convert MOV to MP4 with the fastest speed and high quality, and meanwhile allow you to compress MP4 video file file after MOV to MP4 conversion so as to get better compatible with your media devices. The free online video converter is fabulous for you budget-minded guys, who wanna use online free MP4 converter to get MOV transferred to MP4 with downloading any software. But its conversion speed you have to bear and it is supported by ads. In addition, the last two video conversion tools, VLC media Player and QuickTime Pro are also the must-mention software to let you free convert MOV video to MP4/HD MP4 as easy as possible. The ointment is that the output MP4 video quality is decreased after video decoding and encoding process.

Author: Candice Liu | Updated on Dec. 7, 2018

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