How to Convert Video from iPhone to Mp4

In a world where sharing media has become the norm, it’s common to have a collection of videos on your iPhone. However, when it comes to sharing these videos with friends or family who don’t have an iPhone, the format of the video could be an issue. Most iOS devices record videos in .MOV format which is not compatible with most devices. One solution is to convert the videos to MP4 format, which is compatible with most devices. In this blog post, we’ll explore different methods you can use to convert videos from iPhone to MP4.

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The Challenge of Video Format Compatibility

Sharing videos captured on your iPhone is easier when everyone is using Apple products. Apple users can choose to either send the video through iMessage or Airdrop, and the video will automatically be converted into a format that can be played on the recipient’s device. However, this changes when sending videos to non-Apple users.

Most iOS devices record videos in .MOV format, which is only compatible with a limited number of devices. This means that non-Apple users might not be able to play the video on their device without any issues. One solution is to convert the video to MP4 format, which is compatible with most devices. In the following sections, we’ll explore different methods that you can use to convert videos from iPhone to MP4.

Things You Should Prepare for

Before converting your videos from iPhone to MP4, there are a few things that you should prepare for. These include:

  • Your iPhone and a compatible USB cable
  • A computer running Windows or Mac OS X
  • A video converter software (if you’re not using the iTunes solution)
  • Storage space on your computer to save the converted videos

Method 1: Converting Videos using iTunes

Using iTunes to convert your videos from iPhone to MP4 is the easiest way to do it, and it’s especially useful for users who don’t want to download any additional software. Here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a compatible USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes on your computer if it doesn’t automatically open.
  3. Select your iPhone from the list of devices in iTunes.
  4. Click on the "Movies" option, and select the video you want to convert.
  5. Click on "File" and navigate to "Convert", then select "Create MP4 Version".
  6. The video will now start converting to MP4. The conversion time will vary depending on the length of the video.
  7. Once the video has been converted, you’ll see a new version of the video in MP4 format.
  8. Click on the MP4 version of the video to play it.

Pros:

  • Easy and straightforward.
  • No need to download any additional software.

Cons:

  • Conversion time can be slow, especially for longer videos.
  • Not ideal for large numbers of videos.

Method 2: Converting Videos using VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a popular open-source media player that can also convert videos from iPhone to MP4 format. Here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Download and install VLC Media Player if you don’t already have it on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a compatible USB cable.
  3. Open the VLC Media Player and click on "Media".
  4. Select "Convert/Save" from the dropdown menu.
  5. Select "File" and then click on "Add". Navigate to the video you want to convert, and click "Open".
  6. Click on "Convert/Save" to start the conversion process.
  7. Under "Settings", select "H.264 + MP3 (MP4)" as the output profile.
  8. Select the destination folder for the converted video.
  9. Click on "Start" to begin the conversion process.
  10. The video will now start converting to MP4.

Pros:

  • Works on both Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Allows you to convert multiple videos at once.

Cons:

  • The interface can be confusing for beginners.
  • Conversion time can be slow.

Method 3: Converting Videos using Handbrake

Handbrake is a free video conversion software that can be used to convert videos from iPhone to MP4 format. Here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Download and install Handbrake if you don’t already have it on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a compatible USB cable.
  3. Open Handbrake and click on "Source".
  4. Select your iPhone from the dropdown list of devices.
  5. Select the video you want to convert and click "Open".
  6. Under "Output Settings", select "MP4" as the output format.
  7. Select the destination folder for the converted video.
  8. Click on "Start" to begin the conversion process.
  9. The video will now start converting to MP4.

Pros:

  • Easy to use interface.
  • Fast conversion speed.

Cons:

  • Not as feature-rich as the other options.
  • Only available on Mac OS X and Windows.

Why Can’t I Convert Videos Directly on my iPhone?

Converting videos from iPhone to MP4 is not a feature that is built into the iPhone. While there are some apps that claim to be able to do this, they are often unreliable and not the best solution.

One reason why you can’t convert videos directly on your iPhone is that the iPhone is not designed to handle extensive processing tasks. Converting a video from .MOV to MP4 can be a resource-intensive process, which might result in your iPhone overheating or running out of battery quickly. Additionally, the quality of the conversion might not be up to par.

Ultimately, the best solution is to use a computer to convert your videos from iPhone to MP4.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips you should keep in mind when converting videos from iPhone to MP4.

  • Make sure you have enough storage space on your computer before converting videos. Video files can be large, and you don’t want to run out of space halfway through the conversion process.
  • Choose the right software for your needs. While we’ve covered some of the most popular options, there are many other video conversion software available.
  • Consider the quality of the video after conversion. Some software might compress the video, resulting in a loss of quality. Make sure you choose software that can minimize quality loss during the conversion process.

5 FAQs about Converting iPhone Videos to MP4

Q1: Why is the audio not working after converting my video to MP4?

A: This could be due to a number of reasons, such as the settings used during conversion or an issue with the source file. Try converting the video using different software or tweaking the settings to see if it resolves the issue.

Q2: Can I convert multiple videos at once using these methods?

A: Yes, some of the methods we’ve covered allow you to convert multiple videos at once.

Q3: How long does the conversion process take?

A: The conversion time varies depending on the length of the video and the software being used. Some software can take a few minutes, while others could take hours.

Q4: Do I need to keep the original video after converting it to MP4?

A: This is entirely up to you. However, we recommend keeping the original video as a backup in case something goes wrong during the conversion process.

Q5: Can I convert videos from sources other than an iPhone?

A: Yes, most of the software mentioned in this blog post can be used to convert videos from other sources as well.

In Conclusion

Converting videos from iPhone to MP4 format might seem like a daunting task, but with the right software, it can be done quickly and easily. Whether you choose to use iTunes, VLC Media Player, or Handbrake, always make sure you have enough storage space, and keep in mind the quality of the converted video. By following the steps we’ve outlined in this blog post, you’ll be able to convert your videos from iPhone to MP4 format in no time.

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