How to Convert WMV to MP4 (h.264/mpeg-4) on Mac / Windows
WMV (Windows Media Video) format supports a lossless video compression to keep file size small and maintain high-quality playback result. However, WMV (vc-1, wmv7, wmv8, wmv9) videos don't work well on Mac computers. The QuickTime player can't recognize your WMV files by default and you are unable to organize WMV in iTunes, or even edit them in iMovie, Final Cut Pro. So if you would like to watch your favorite WMV movies on your iPhone, iPad or use with MacOS and iOS, you can choose to convert WMV to MP4 for Mac to create a total compatible format.
On the other hand, there will be the odd occasion though when you want to convert from .mp4 to .wmv format for using more convenience in your computer. Fortunately, no matter you need to convert videos in .wmv to .mp4 (MPEG-4/H.264 AVC) file and vice versa, you can get a WMV converter program from the web to accomplish the conversion tasks. If you're looking for a quick and efficient tool that handles a large variety of formats, Video Converter for Mac is what you should really consider.
The program is simple, quick, and does everything that it is asked. Its straightforward interface layout makes things easier—add you source files through "Add File" button on the top bar, you then find the configuration options easily to set your own output settings with "Profile" button and finally start converting. It offers you a number of device presets to choose from if you want to convert the files to playback on a popular device. Plus, it comes with some handy additional tools like batch conversions, customizable settings, video editing, and a host of others.
The utility is available on another major platform—Windows as well. If you want to convert WMV to MP4 file or any other formats on a PC installed with Windows, please try Video Converter for Windows.
The following guide is about how to convert a .wmv to a .mp4 on Mac step by step, let's begin.
Step 1: Add WMV video files
To locate the WMV footage into the application, there are two methods available: Click Add File button on the toolbar, or directly drag the target .wmv files to the left part of the main interface of this Mac WMV to MP4 converter, then it will show this window.
Step 2: Adjust output video options
In the lower left portion of the window will be output field.
Click Profile drop-down box, this opens a panel with a list of available formats and device presets. Scroll down until you see "General Video" category on the left side, hover your cursor on it and then in its expanding list choose MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4) or H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4) as the resulting output format.
Note that if you're trying to convert HD .wmv to .mp4 without quality loss, here you pick HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4) or HD MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4) from "HD Video" category.
For a little more control, you can open up conversion parameters window by clicking the Settings button next to Profile box, and then tweak the conversion settings such as video & audio codec, bit rate, resolution, frame rate, etc. For quickly converting from WMV videos into MP4 file format in Mac machine, it's not really necessary since the default settings are good enough.
Tips: in most cases, you can stick with AAC audio codec from "Encoder" in Audio Settings section when converting files. But if you need to convert WMV or other videos with 5.1 surround sound audio to MP4 on Mac using MPEG4 video codec, you're allowed to select AC3 audio codec. AC3 can handle 5.1 surround sound audio, whereas the default AAC codec can't.
If you want to convert the video to view on a device that you have own like iPad, Apple TV, PS3 and other portable devices, you can choose the pre-configured options embedded on the left side of this WMV to MP4 converter software. The preset will detect the most suitable output settings for you.
Furthermore, the software allows you to edit the videos down before the conversion. There are some useful edit functions like cropping into the picture to remove unwanted portions, trimming, adding effect to the MP4 files, and more. You can do this by clicking on the Edit button on the toolbar.
Step 3: Start converting (HD) WMV to (HD) MP4 file format on Mac
After all the settings, now, just click the Convert button to begin the conversion process. you can append many tasks at one time and the program will batch convert them for saving your time.
That is it!
Q: Why can't convert my purchased WMV movies to MP4 format?
A: Some .wmv movie files you purchased from video download services might be DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected, in that case, you can neither make copies of these WMVs for personal use, nor to transfer from one format to another playable format such as WMV to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC MP4, MOV, M4V file. So in order to remove WMV movie of DRM protection, you will need something like DRM Remover (Windows version) to get rid of the protection and then convert to your desired formats.