How to Convert MOV to MP4 on Windows 10 [Update 2023]

This page includes several effective and free ways to help you convert MOV to MP4 on Windows 10. It also explains the differences between MOV and MP4 and answers whether converting MOV to MP4 loses quality. Now, read this article to learn more about converting MOV into MP4 on Windows or Mac computers.

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Jane Zhou

Updated on Aug 22, 2023

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"Can Windows 10 convert a MOV to an MP4?" Many people asked in Quora.

You may also come across the same problem that your device supports MP4 files only while you have your files in MOV formats. Is there any easy method to convert MOV to MP4 on Windows 10 or macOS?

Absolutely, there is. In the following, you will learn some free MOV to MP4 converters, which can help you convert .mov to. mp4 without losing quality. If you need to change MOV to MP4, you may prefer either method provided on this page. 

Part 1. How to Convert MOV to MP4 Manually 

As some experienced users may know that the file extension of a video can be changed to other file formats such as .mp4 in a manual way. Therefore, another practical way that you may try is to convert MOV to MP4 manually.

Here are the detailed steps to convert MOV file to MP4 on Windows:

Step 1. Open File Explorer; under the View tab, click "Options".

Step 2. On the Folder Options window, uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types".

Show file extension before converting mov to mp4

Step 3. Create a copy of the target MOV file and right-click on the copied file, select "Rename". 

Step 4. Change the file extension of the video file from .mov to .mp4. And click "Yes" to confirm the change. 

Convert MOV to MP4 by manual method

After this, your MOV video will have converted into an MP4 video on your device.

Part 2. How to Convert MOV to MP4 on Windows 10 with EaseUS Video Converter

Unlike a manual method, automated video converter software can make it easy for any user to convert video from MOV to MP4 without losing its quality. And EaseUS Video Converter is such an excellent program.

With its help, you can change your MOV video file into almost any other format, like MP4, AVI, MKV, MP3, etc., and the conversion task will be complete in a short time, as it supports 30X faster conversion speed.

And speaking of the converting features, this software ensures that the quality of the converted file will be the same as the original one. Moreover, you can choose to convert multiple audio or video files at the same, which benefits from the bulk conversion function. 

Step by step guide to transfer MOV to MP4 on Windows PC:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Converter on your PC, and choose the "Video Converter." Click on the "Choose Files" button to import the video you want to convert. It also allows you to drag and drop the video to import it.

import video

Step 2. Click on the "Settings" option to select the target format. You can choose MP4 as the output format and adjust the resolution and bitrate properly.

select mp4

Step 3. Customize the folder to save the MP4 video after conversion. Two buttons are available to converter the file. The "Convert" button can help you convert one video, while the "Convert All" button can process a batch of videos. 

convert video to mp4

Step 4. In the "Finished" tab, you can find the converted MP4 video. If you want to preview it, click on the "Open" button to activate the built-in media player.

save video as mp4

Part 3. 4 MOV to MP4 Video Converter for Windows 10 Free Download

Apart from the two MOV to MP4 converters mentioned above, there are also some other reliable tools that can assist you in changing MOV to MP4 for free in Windows 10. Just check and choose either method below.

1. Convert MOV to MP4 via VLC Media Player

Applies to: Mac/Windows/Linux

VLC Media Player, an open-source video player, and editor. With this tool, users can not only play videos in different formats but also convert videos between popular formats, like MP4 to MOV. This software is free and easy to use, making converting MOV to MP4 not a difficult thing anymore.

Here is the tutorial to convert MOV to MP4 with VLC:

Step 1. Download and install the VLC media player.

Step 2. Click "Media" in the top-left corner and choose the "Convert/Save..." button. 

Step 3. A new tab will appear. Click "+ Add" to select your MOV files.

vlc convert mov to mp4

Step 4. After uploading your MOV files, you need to select your export format as MP4 and choose a directory to save it by clicking "Browse" in a new window.

Step 5. Then, click the "Start" button, and your MOV files will be converted into MP4 after a while.

2. Turn MOV into MP4 with EaseUS Video Editor

Applies to: Windows 10/8.1/8/7

EaseUS Video Editor, as the best video converter for Windows 10, can effectively convert MOV to MP4 on Windows for free without losing its quality. Instead of converting MOV to MP4, this program also supports converting MP4 to GIF, converting MOV to GIF, and many other video or audio files conversions.

Instead of powerful file converting functions, this program enjoys various video, audio, and image editing features. You can download and try this MOV to MP4 converter for free.

The tutorial of converting MOV to MP4 with EaseUS Video Editor:

During the process, you may adjust the video resolution to be the same while converting MOV to MP4 with the following steps.

Step 1. Import the source file

Launch EaseUS Video Editor. On the home screen, you can import the source file by either clicking the "Import" option or simply dragging the video to the appropriate area.

import file

Step 2. Add to project

You need to add the imported file to the track by choosing the "Add to Project" option, or you can drag and place the video to the track as you want.

add to project

Step 3. Export the source file

Now you can click "Export" on the main menu on the top.


Step 4. Save as MP4/AVI/WMV/MKV/MOV/GIF

Under the "Video" tab, choose a file format among the available options as the desired video file format. 

add to project

On the right pane, you can edit the file name, customize an output folder and settings and then click "Export".

add to project

3. Use Prism Video Converter Software to Export MP4 from MOV

Applies to: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

The versatile video converter, Prism Video Converter Software, is one of the most stable and comprehensive MOV to MP4 video converters. It supports almost every video format conversion. In addition, this software is very easy to use that allows you to convert MOV to MP4 quickly and easily.

Prism Video Converter Software to convert mov to mp4

Steps to convert MOV to MP4 with Prism on Windows 10:

Step 1. Download and install Prism Video Converter Software. 

Step 2. Open this software. Drag and drop your MOV videos in it.

Step 3. Select ". mp4" as your output files format.

Step 4. You can choose "Browse" to select a directory to save your files.

Step 5. Then click the "Convert" button on the right-bottom corner. The MP4 files will be saved in your selected files directory.


To wrap up, we have recommended several ways to help you convert MOV to MP4 on Windows 10. You can choose one way that most suits your actual needs. And we still consider EaseUS Video Converter, the best video converter to convert MOV to MP4. This software allows you to download and have a try for free. Come and try it!

FAQs of Converting MOV to MP4

Besides practical ways of converting MOV to MP4, some of you may have more questions. Here are some frequently asked questions that we collected from Google and provided a brief answer for you to check below:

1. Why Does Converting MOV to MP4 Lose Quality?

Basically, there are two key factors that may affect the video quality regardless of its file format. 

  • Reduce in video codec bitrate
  • Change the video code

2. Is MOV the Same as MP4?

Both MOV and MP4 are encoded with MPEG-4 codec. MP4 was developed on the basis of MOV. However, these two file formats are not the same. 

  • MOV, a file format for videos and other multimedia, was developed by Apple Inc for use with the Apple QuickTime Player.
  • MP4, a multimedia file format, was developed by Moving Picture Experts Group to work with a wide range of devices.

3. Which Video Format Is Better, MP4 or MOV?

As MOV and MP4 are developed by a different company, supporting different media players on different operating systems, you shall be careful while setting the video format.

  • If you are using a Mac computer or Apple media players, MOV is the best choice for you.
  • If you use a Windows computer or other non-Apple media players, MP4 is the best file format for your video.

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