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How to convert 3GP to MOV (or MOV to 3GP) on Mac and Windows

Blake Sullivan Updated on Apr 15, 2022 2:23 PM

When it comes to enjoying a movie at your fingertips, having the right file format can be crucial for success. 3GP is a media container for 3G UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) multimedia services and is popular used on mobile phones. While the .3gp video can be opened in QuickTime player on your Mac, you can choose to install an extra codec to make your 3GP file playable in Microsoft's Windows Media Player or download VLC player.

Perhaps you tried to edit a 3GP file with video editing program (i.e. iMoive or Sony Vegas Pro) or playback it on a device of your choice, however, the fact is that the program or device tolds you that it is not a recognizable format and you cannot use it. Things get tricky, right? Especially for user who's running a Mac OS X, all Apple programs or devices only support a few particular formats like QuickTime file, *.mp4. Obviously, you cannot just rename from .3GP to .mov extension on your Mac.

Fortunately, there are loads of ways out there you can use to handle the 3GP video file. Here we suggest an extremely simple solution, an effective and intuitive Video Converter for Mac, which converts to and from a great deal of video formats with high quality. And in this article, we'll devote time to the process of converting 3GP to MOV on Mac OS X. If you just want the resulting QuickTime .mov video to be viewed on your iOS device, you can even use the software's preset profiles.

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Its equivalent version for Windows - Video Converter for PC is available as well, so you can download it to get 3GP format into .mov file format on Windows computer you happen to have.

Converting from 3GP to MOV in a Mac is fast with a few steps, which contain screenshots that show you exactly where to click and what to look at to perform that step. More guides to Convert Your Digital Video Files on Your Mac and PC machine.

Step 1: Add 3GP files

Click "Add File" button to open the file browser window and navigate to the 3GP files you would like to convert. You can also choose to drag-and-drop files to the interface of this 3GP to MOV converter.

It supports batch conversion, making it easier for you to convert multiple files at one time.

Step 2: Select MOV as output format

On the bottom section you have a choice to choose output format, video/audio quality and destination. Here we click "Profile" drop-down box, and choose MOV as output format.

If you want to have much control over the conversion process, you can tweak the output parameters like bitrate, quality, codec, resolution, channel using "Settings" option next to "Profile".

The 3GP to MOV Converter includes handy pre-configured options that make it much easier to convert videos for portable device. It will automatically choose all the settings you need based on the device(s) on which you plan to watch the movie.

Edit 3GP files prior to encoding: (optional)

You can use the built-in editor to make handy editing on the video: "Trim" function to clip videos size, "Crop" function to customize the frame size (16:9, 4:3 etc) and cut off black margins, split them into several segments, "Rotate", "Watermark" etc. More details see at here.

Step 3: Start conversion

Now that you've got all your settings in the program you can go ahead and convert that video, click the "Convert" button on the bottom right corner to start converting .3GP to QuickTime .MOV for Mac OS X.

Wait for the application to convert the 3GP file you imported to QuickTime MOV format. The encoding time will depend on the file size, the hardware power and the codec you selected.

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