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MOV vs MP4: Which is The Best Choice

Vanessa Chiang updated on Oct 14, 2021 to Video Converter Tips

Do you notice that video has many formats, such as MP4, AVI, MOV, GIF, WMA, and so on? Do you know the difference between these video formats? On this page, I will introduce the difference between the MOV and MP4 and which format is your best choice.

MOV vs. MP4, Which Is Better/Best? 

Video File Format is a format that encodes information into bits for storage in the digital storage medium. It shows how the structure of information and the data types that the file contains. Like MOV and MP4 formats, different formats have different file attributes. Now let's look at the difference between MOV and MP4!

What is MOV Format

MOV is a type of digital container file for videos and other multimedia, which Apple developed. Originally, this video format supports playback in QuickTime movie player and is usually used to save videos, movies, etc., so MOV is also known as QuickTime File Format or QTFF.

MOV uses the concept of tracks to store data that is always used to store movies, video files, and dates quickly. It also uses lossy compression to reduce the size to save the videos, making minimum video quality after the compression. MOV uses an advanced algorithm that is compatible with different versions of macOS and Windows operating systems.

What is MP4 Format

MP4 is a multimedia file storage format and is also called MPEG-4 Part 14. The MP4 video format is widely used on the Internet because this type of format can be used in many media players and operating systems.

MP4 is developed based on the MOV file, as, like MOV, MP4 also uses lossy compression to minimize the file size. This kind of compression function has a little damage to image or sound quality and versatility, which gives this type of video format a great advantage.

Differences Between MP4 and MOV Formats

Although these two video formats use lossy compression, there are still some differences between them.

File Size

MP4 is usually more compressed and smaller in size, and MOV files are often higher in quality and larger in size.

Support Devices

The main difference between MOV and MP4 is that the two video formats support different devices. MOV is a proprietary Apple file format for QuickTime, while MP4 is an international standard. MP4 can almost playback all operating systems and media players by its high image quality and small file size (which will reduce the download/upload time).

Here is a list you can clearly to see these two format differences:

Feature  MOV MP4
Released for Public Use On 1998 2001
Support Device Only support for Apple Almost support all platforms 
Extension  MOV is an ISO standard format that comes with .mov extension. MP4, just like MOV, is also an ISO standard format with a .mp4 extension.
Disadvantages  Not highly compressible. Not so great on non-Apple devices.
File Size  Bigger and requires more space Slightly smaller than MOV
Codec Video  Video

As the MOV format was intended for QuickTime players, that MOV is working best on Mac. If you are a Mac user, MOV will be safer and more efficient than recommending MOV video format as your first choice.

If you are a Windows user, MP4 video format will be your best option because it supports various devices with multiple data bits.

How to Convert MOV to MP4 with EaseUS Video Converter 

You can find many file converters that can help you convert MOV videos to MP4 format on Windows, and EaseUS Video Converter is the most suitable one for beginners. As this software is integrated with the GPU acceleration function, it can work 30 times faster than many other converters. Besides that, its batch conversion feature enables you to process many files at once so that you can get the MP4 clips you need very quickly.

In addition to file conversion tools, this software is popular for offering you some basic video editing tools, such as merging videos into a whole one. If you want to preview the video, there is a built-in media player you can directly use so that you don't have to spend time downloading another video player. 

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Steps to Convert MOV to MP4 with EaseUS Video Converter:

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

How to Convert MOV to MP4 Using EaseUS Video Editor 

If you are working in an environment other than Apple devices, you might face some trouble that your video file cannot open. This time you must need some format conversion tools to save this problem.

EaseUS Video Editor is a powerful video software with a format conversion function. Using this app, you can convert MOV to MP4, AVI to MP4, WMV to MKV, and so on. This program also supports converting audio format. If you need to edit and modify the video, changing its format, you also can use this app's video editing function to edit it.

Feature:

  • Supports multiple videos and audio formats
  • Supports free download
  • Supports converting video to audio
  • Supports splitting, cropping, and editing video

How to Convert MOV to MP4 with EaseUS Video Editor

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 file 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.

export

Step 4. Save as MP4

Under the "Video" tab, choose MP4 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

Conclusion

You will learn the difference between MOV and MP4 on this page and which format is best for you. If you are a Mac user, MOV will be your best choice, and if you are a Windows user, an MP4 format is more practical for you.

Compared to some convert tools on Windows and online, the advantage of EaseUS Video Converter is being lightweight and suitable for both beginners and professional users. So if you have format conversion needs, EaseUS Video Converter will be your best choice!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are MP4 and MOV the same?

MP4 and MOV are not the same. Encoded with the same codec MPEG-4, MP4 is similar to MOV. Actually, MP4 was developed based on the MOV file format. However, both two formats are lossy and can be used in the QuickTime environment. Therefore, MP4 is more flexible than MOV.

2. MOV or MP4, which format is better for YouTube?

Generally speaking, the MP4 video format is much better for YouTube. MOV files are full 1080p files. Each video frame is compressed into a JPG in the movie file. MOV files will work in most editing programs, but they may only work in Mac programs. MP4 files are also full 1080p files, which have a wider application.

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