I have a screen capture of my computer screen using QuickTime's Screen Recording feature, but that saves it to an MOV format. I'd like to export it to MP4. Is that possible without installing anything else?

I'm using Yosemite, and I'm pretty sure I could do that with Mavericks.

  • I do not have Yosemite, but does the File-Export no longer works
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 4:16
  • Negative @Buscar웃 it only allows you to export as mov it doesn't even given give your a file type export option. Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 5:42
  • sorry, i do not know how without installing a simple app to do that.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 6:58
  • Suffixes can be misleading, especially for video files. Why does it have to be MP4 and/or what do you intend to do with the screen capture afterwards?
    – nohillside
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 0:20
  • Posting to a website, so I was going for a de facto web standard. Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 5:47

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After having your screen recorded and the file in MOV format, you could use iMovie to convert it to MP4.

  • open the file in iMovie
  • File / Share / File...
  • adjust your preferences in the dialog box
  • press "Next..."
  • the created file will be in MP4

Hope this helps. Cheers!

  • It seems that in QuickTime 10.4 under 10.11.6 it appears the File > Share > File... option no longer exists. I was able to export a video similarly for a tweet by using File > Export > iPad, iPhone, iPod touch & Apple TV.... Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 18:16
  • As iMovie was preinstalled, this is the most correct answer. Thank you (from 6 years later.) Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 2:14
  • iMovie artificially limits the resolution and aspect ratio to a handful of options which are usually completely inappropriate for the file you're attempting to convert. ffmpeg is the "most correct answer".
    – rw-nandemo
    Commented Jul 27, 2022 at 20:28

If you have ffmpeg installed, it is quite easy to do it

ffmpeg -i input.mov output.mp4

If you don't, install it as follows:

  • Press Command + Space, type "Terminal" and press enter/return key.

  • Run this command in the Terminal app:

    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

    and press enter/return key.

    If the screen prompts you to enter a password, enter your Mac's user password to continue. When you type the password, it won't be displayed on the screen, but the system would accept it. So just type your password and press ENTER/RETURN key. Then wait for the command to finish.

  • After that, run:

    brew install ffmpeg
  • Done! You can now run ffmpeg -i input.mov output.mp4.

(For more information, you can refer to this site, or you can go directly to the official FFmpeg website: ffmpeg.org.)

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    I had a non-standard video resolution (750x1334) due to it being a screen capture from an iPhone 6, and tried Apple's Compressor product, but that failed to support the resolution. This worked perfectly.
    – andrewb
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 6:02
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    Most of the time you can speed up the process by copying video and audio data instead of transcoding. Like this: ffmpeg -i input.mov -c:v copy -c:a copy output.mp4 (mov is very similar to mp4 and most of the time contains h264 video and aac audio, which is equally supported in mp4). Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 11:19
  • @ernestoche That is a fast way of converting between formats, however the resulting mp4 file might not be usable for most quicktime users.
    – coffekid
    Commented Apr 4, 2020 at 4:58
  • @coffekid I would be very surprised if .mov containing h264 and aac produced by quicktime would not "usable" if its video and audio streams are losslessly repackaged to .mp4. At least it always worked for me. Commented Apr 8, 2020 at 18:55
  • @ernestoche I don't know the details about that, but it has happened to me in the past, that files are not usable for quicktime, although they work perfectly for other programs, such as mpv.
    – coffekid
    Commented Apr 9, 2020 at 19:18

I know this is an older post but in case you run across this answer and you're using High Sierra, you can open a .mov file in Photos and export as video which will save it as an m4v file (which can easily be renamed to .mp4 in Finder afterwards).


In Quicktime..

File > Export > iPad, iPhone...

Lets you select a device and export M4V file - which is technically MP4 format.

Not sure of the player limitations it introduces. Dealing with this right now as well. Trying to share a screen capture video with colleagues who will be accessing on Windows machines.


Handbrake is the only tool you need for Mac OS X as it can covert pretty much any video format and it's open source and free.

  • Actually Handbrake solved this very easily for me. Commented May 12, 2020 at 7:57

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