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  • Is it possible to Convert .MOV to MP4 with no loss in quality

     Chris Wright updated 1 month ago 15 Members · 17 Posts
  • daniel ladeira

    May 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Hi there everyone.

    Here’s the deal, the client have difficulty with mov files in their enterprise. So he asked me for the video in AVI or MP4.

    The AVI i am not even considering

    The mp4 i just can’t keep the same quality. Sharpen lines and stuff.

    I am using MPegStreamclip, or Compressor, h.264 compressor for MPEG4, and aways losing too much in quality. I know i won’t have the same as the original .mov but is ther anyway i can keep at least the sharpen edges?

    Anyway, thanx for ur attention

    Daniel Ladeira

  • Marco Feil

    May 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    What Codec is used in the .mov files?
    If it’s already h.264 in a .mov container you could try remuxing the files without encoding. for example with “remux”

    if you have to encode to h.264 I recommend trying handbrake
    It’s very easy get good results using handbrake.
    try the high profile preset – and constant quality RF 20-23 for HD, or RF 24-28 for SD content (lower RF = better quality).

  • Richard Herd

    May 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    There’s a compression forum that’s pretty useful, and there’s a lot of detail to wade through.

    You’re going to lose some image quality just because of the nature of the formats. So keeping things perfect is a very detailed process.

    First, you need a high quality original.
    Second, you need to use Compressor (not MPEG Streamclip).

  • daniel ladeira

    May 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks people.

    Well. the original is DVCPRo 1280×720

    I expoerted it using quick time current settings from the timeline, some time ago. Now i have to convert it from the movie.

    I usually use the compressor. I friend of mine gave me the tip of using the mpegstreamclipe, but i didn’t like the result very much.

    When exportig for web and stuff i use the h264 and it fits good.

    I’ll take a look at the forum to see if i can find something.

    Do u know this wondershare video converter?

    I was told it’s amazing, but don’t know it yet

    Thank’s again.


  • Gary Smith

    May 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I did this with a .mov file
    1. Open in Quicktime
    2 Go to File and open Export
    3 In Format choose 720p
    4 FCX then finds this when you open the location you save it to.
    Best I could work out

  • Dave Gage

    May 15, 2012 at 2:16 am


    You might also check out the x264 plug-in for Compressor, QT 7, etc. instead of the standard H.264 MP4. The quality and encoding speed is as good or better than H.264 with smaller file sizes.

    Here’s a thread from about 6 months ago about it-
    “The x264 open source alternative to the H.264 Apple encoder”

    I use it mostly to create .MP4s from Compressor and occasionally from QT 7. It really is as good as advertised. It’s less of any issue if posting a video to Youtube or Vimeo, but if you serve it from your own website, it’s saves a lot of bandwidth over time. Myself or someone else here can help you with settings if you have questions.


  • dysonk jack

    August 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm
  • jack adision

    April 14, 2014 at 9:51 am

    MP4 video files are doesn’t supported by many video player devices but don’t worry because you can play MP$ video file on any portable video player. Simply convert MP4 to MOV and after conversion play MOV video.

  • Chris Alderson

    July 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I can recommend the app I used to convert MOV AVI to MP4. As far as I know WALTR app is comparatively new and easier than others. It converts at fast speed and with original video quality. I think it’s worth using! ..especially for those, who don’t want to waste time 🙂 Here is some info Hope it’ll help you)

  • Berti Bruyn

    June 27, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Actually, there are many online apps can convert MOV video to MP4 video, such as zamzar, Acethinker Video Converter, mediaconverter, etc. They are totally free, and you don’t have to download or install anything.

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