MP4 as the most popular container formats for smartphones and tablets; is not always compatible with QuickTime Player due to codec issue. In order to make it working, users have to convert MP4 to MOV format.
In this article, we will introduce the 2014 top free desktop or online video converter which enable converting MP4 to MOV format freely.
- Pavtube Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate
- Quick AVI Creator
- Format Factory
- Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (Desktop app)
Top 1. HandBrake
HandBrake is an easy to use free video converter that’s most useful for converting pretty much any video file you might have into one that’ll work with your mobile device.
Input Formats: AVI, FLV, OGM, M4V, MP4, MOV, MPG, WMV, VOB (DVD), WMV, and XVID (HandBrake’s website says “Most any multimedia file” – let me know if you can confirm any more)
Output Formats: MP4 and MKV
Top 2. Pavtube Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate
Unlike Handbrake above, Pavtube Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate is a desktop converting software. With this app, you can convert any video (including TiVo) and DVD to MOV, WebM, MKV, MPG, AVI, WMV, MPG without problem. Same editing as retail version.
Now we are in a world with a variety of digital videos. Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Nikon have released many HD camcorders for both professional and amateurish videographors to record every memorable moment in their life. So HD videos have make up a necessary part of your digital world. At the same time, Tivo show and DVDs also play an important role. But they are not a friendly companion to edit or smoothly playback. You may want to convert DVDs to MOV/FLV/MKV for playback, burning or sharing with friends, convert HD videos to MOV/MKV/MPG/AVI/WebM/WMV/MPG for further editing, burning, playing. (Read more: Best DVD Ripper Review: Top 5 Paid or Free DVD Ripper)
Input Formats: MP4, H.264/AVC, AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, MOV, M4V, 3GP
(AVI, MOV, MP4, MKV, Tivo, VOB, MPG, WMV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, MVI, VP6, WMA, ASF, DVR-MS, WAV, Rmvb, QT, 3GP, DV, M4V, M4A, AAC, FLV, F4V (YouTube, Hulu, Fox, etc.), DAT, MOD, TOD, M2V, TP, EVO, VRO.
Load DVD: DVD disc, DVD folder, DVD IFO file, DVD ISO file
Output Formats: MKV, AVI, MOV, VOB, MPG, WMV, VOB, DV, TS, FLV, F4V, SWF, 3GP
Top 3. Quick AVI Creator
Quick AVI Creator is a video converter that supports a few major conversion formats.
Load a file, select where to save it, and then choose an output format. There aren’t many options, but you can select particular subtitle or audio tracks to use when converting.
While Quick AVI Creator doesn’t export videos to a massive list of file types, it does support the three major ones.
Input Formats: ASF, AVI, DIVX, DVD, FLV, F4V, MKV, MP4, MPEG, and WMV
Output Formats: AVI, MKV, and MP4
Top 4. WinFF
WinFF is a video converter program that supports popular formats and features like editing and cropping.
First select an output device or file format and then click Add to import a video file. Crop or rotate the video, among other options, and then click Convert to finish.
Input Format: AVI, MKV, MOV, MPEG, OGG, VOB, and WEBM
Output Format/Devices: AVI, BlackBerry, Creative Zen, DV, DVD, Google/Android, Apple iPod, LG, MPEG4, Nokia, Palm, PlayStation 3/PSP, QT, VCD, Walkman, and WMV
A major problem WinFF seems to have is that it crashes in Windows 8 if you try to change the output folder for converted files.
Top 5. YouConvertIt
YouConvertIt is an online video converter service that will convert many popular video formats. You just upload the video file and wait for an email link to the converted file.
Input Formats: 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, SWF, and WMV
Output Formats: 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, SWF, and WMV
The biggest disadvantage with YouConvertIt is the wait time to upload the video and receive your email. Their 200MB file size limit is certainly disappointing as well considering the fact that many video files can exceed this size.
Top 5+. Format Factory
Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter.
First select the file type your video should be converted to, then load the file. Advanced options are available like editing the audio channel, aspect ratio, and bitrate.
Input Formats: 3GP, AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, SWF, and WMV
Output Formats: 3GP, AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, SWF, and WMV
During setup, Format Factory tries to install a program you may or may not want. Easily stop this by choosing Decline.
After testing the 6 converted below, I recommend a top desktop media converting software- Pavtube Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate.
And to get more profiles and functions – Here Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is recommended for its good capability of supporting nearly all the main stream formats (e.g. MKV, AVI, WMV, Tivo, MP4, VOB, MPG, MXF, MPG, MOV, M4V, FLV, F4V, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, WMA, ASF, DVR-MS, WAV, DTS in WAV, RM, RMVB, RA, QT, 3GP, 3G2, DV, M4B, DAT, M2V, MOD, TOD, TP, EVO, MVI), as well as Blu-ray, DVD, easy-to-use interface and many considerate small features like video/audio editing before conversion. Moreover, the Mac version supports some special codecs for NLEs like FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, Adobe, etc. which is very important to me
- Pretty easy to use and affordable
- Support multiple mobile devices and HD media players
- Best TiVo and DVR recording converter with fast speed
- Top Blu-ray/DVD Ripper with keeping original video quality
- Support batch processing facility
- NIVIDA CUDA technology and AMD and Up to 6X faster conversion speed
- Add *.srt, *.ass, and *.ssa subtitle files
- Trim and crop video clips
- Merge multiple video clips into one file
- Split one large file into smaller pieces
- Add test, image, and video watermark
For users who also want to convert 2D/3D Blu-rays and standard DVD to 3D videos, this all-in-one converter can also do you a favor! Detailed guides of how to start the conversion can all be found here.
Updated on 5th, April, 2016