Use VLC media player as a video converter to mp4

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Like Windows Media Player, but better, VLC media player by VideoLAN plays almost any type of media file, from mkv to mov, but you can also use it to easily convert videos to other formats like an MP4 file. This is very useful if you want to see the movies you’ve made on mobile devices like your iPhone or your Android or even on other types of portable devices like your iPod. If you want to know how to use VLC as an MP4 converter, read on.

It’s simple and easy to convert videos and convert VLC files in general, so open VLC and let’s jump right in:

How to use VLC as a video converter to MP4

1. Convert from the Media menu

Launch VLC and click on the Media menu, and then click on the Convert / Save button.

VLC converter MP4

2. Select video(s) to convert

Using the Add button, select one or more video files to be converted.

VLC MP4 converter

3. Select the file name for the converted video

In the Target file box, select the destination folder and the name for the new video file.

VLC MP4 converter tutorial

4. Select video format for the conversion

Under Profile, choose the target format from the list of formats.

The VLC media player easily converts videos into different formats such as MPEG, MP4, AVI, Divx, ASF, WMV, FLV or DVD. You can see a full dropdown list of the video file formats that VLC supports here.

VLC MPF video file converter guide

If you want videos for a specific device, there are also a number of optimized profiles with the optimal settings for resolution, framerate, and codec.

4. Select Advanced Settings for your video conversion, if you want

By using the menu with the tools icon, you can change the settings for the destination format to adjust itself.

VLC Video Converter

Here, you can choose the supported video codec and audio codecs for your output file and have access to all advanced options like bit rate, resolution, framerate, and audio quality.

VLC video conversion filters

With special filters, you can also change or optimize the video or audio formats during the conversion process. For example, you can rotate recorded videos 90° or add a watermark or logo.

5. Convert Videos saved to MP4

Once you’ve chosen all the settings, click the Start button to begin the conversion. VLC media player saves the film in the desired format in the file folder you’ve selected. The time to complete the conversion depends on the video length, the settings you have chosen, and the speed of your PC.

VLC video converter start

With batch conversion, you can watch the progress in the timeline while you play a video.

So, as it turns out, VLC Media Player isn’t only limited to video playback. VLC video is famous for being an open source media player, good for playing everything from HD video to AAC (lossless audio). Now you know, however, that VLC extensions offer new features too, like being a great video converter. If you’re looking to make the most of the program, try using it to convert videos.

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