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    How to convert AVI to MPEG-4

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    Valery Aloyants
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    HandBrake (Windows / Mac / Linux)

    Let's start this guide all dedicated to how to convert AVI to MPEG-4 by talking about HandBrake, an excellent software for converting video files at no cost and of an open source nature. It is quite simple to use, has a rather basic user interface and allows you to create MP4 (which is still an MPEG-4 file) or MKV files from all major video file formats. It is also possible to further simplify the conversion process by selecting one of the predefined profiles for portable devices (iPhone, iPad, Android etc.).



    If you want to download it to your computer, the first step you need to take is to connect to its official website. Then press the button Download HandBrake, open the file HandBrake-xx-Win GUI.exe just downloaded on your PC and first click on Si, Then Next, its  I Agreeinstall and to conclude on Finish.

    If you are using a Mac instead, open the package in .dmg you downloaded from the software website and copy the HandBrake icon into the folder Applications macOS / OS X. Then click with the right mouse button on the program icon and select apri from the menu that appears so as to circumvent the limitations imposed by Apple against unauthorized developers.

    At this point, start HandBrake by clicking on its icon and then press the button Open Soruce in the program window and select the video in AVI format on your computer that you want to convert to MP4. Then select the most suitable convection profile for you from the list on the right (if you are using a Mac and cannot view it, click on the button first Toggle Presets which is at the top right). Alternatively, you can also choose the voice Normal to create a standard video.



    Finally, make sure that the option is selected MP4 in the drop-down menu Container (its Windows) oppure Size: (on Mac) then start converting the movie by pressing the button Start encode (its Windows) oppure Home (on Mac) and wait for the procedure to complete.

    Freemake Video Converter (Windows)

    If the above software has not been able to attract your attention in a particular way and if you use a PC with Windows installed, you can also resort to the use of Freemake Video Converter. Haven't you ever heard of it? Strange! He is very famous! In fact, it is a video file converter (as well as audio) available for PC that offers various and interesting advanced features such as DVD burning and merging video into several parts.

    To use it, you must first connect to the software website and click on the button Free download. Once the download is complete, open the installation package FreemakeVideoConverter.exe just got it and click first Yes and then OK.

    Uncheck the item that concerns sending usage statistics to Freemake Video Converter and click NEXT. Now, put the check mark in correspondence with Custom installation, remove the check from the option relating to the installation of additional promotional software and press on NEXT. Then conclude the setup procedure by clicking on NEXT per due volte di row.

    At this point, wait a few moments for the program window to be visible on the desktop (if this does not happen, start Freemake Video Convert by clicking on its icon) then drag the videos in AVI format you want to convert to MPEG-4 in the window of the software or select them manually by clicking on the button + Videos at the top left and presses the button In MP4 which is located below, always on the left.



    Then check that in the drop-down menu profiles the item is set As original (and if this is not the case, select this option) in order to obtain the same quality as the original video and press the button Converted.

    Please note: Freemake Video Converter adds a frame with its logo at the beginning and end of the converted videos and a watermark in the center of the latter. To remove these limitations, you need to purchase the full version of the program for a one-time € 19,95 or € 9,95 / year.

    Total Video Converter Lite (Mac)

    If, on the other hand, you are using a Mac and are looking for an alternative tool to what is reported in the previous lines, I suggest you pay particular attention to Total Video Converter Lite. It is a simple but efficient free application for macOS / OS X that allows you to easily convert all major video file formats. It's free.

    To install the application on your Mac, connected to the page of the Mac App Store Online dedicated to it and presses the button View in the Mac App Store located on the left. At this point, the Mac App Store window will open on your computer desktop. Then click the button Get/Install the app and enter your Apple ID password (if required) to complete the operation.

    Then start Total Video Converter Lite by clicking on its icon, drag the movie in AVI format you want to convert into the program window and then use the drop-down menu at the top to select the format in which to transform the file by first clicking on the voice Video and then on that relating to the MPEG-4 format.


    Finally, indicate the folder to save the output file and click button Choose to start the conversion procedure.


    ClipConvert.cc (Online)

    Don't feel like downloading new programs to your computer but still need to convert AVI to MPEG-4? Then try the online service now ClipConvert.cc and you will see that you will not regret it. It is an excellent online resource that allows you to convert video files of various formats and also offers the possibility to download videos from the network. It is very easy to use, works from any browser and any operating system, has a nice user interface and what's more, it's also free.

    To use it, first connect to the main page of the service and then click on the link Upload File and drag the video file in AVI format that you want to transform into MPEG-4 into the new web page that has opened. Now, click on the second item avi present at the top right, select video from the drop-down menu that opens and then click mp4.

    Then click on the button Start conversion, wait a few moments for the conversion procedure to start and download the final file to your computer by pressing the button Download. If you haven't changed the default settings of your web browser, the converted MP4 file will be saved in the folder Download of your PC.

    Finally, I would like to point out that if you have special needs, before starting the conversion you can click on the button with the wrench located next to the file name and adjust the various parameters related to the final file. You can then confirm and apply all the various changes by clicking on the button Okay.

    ZamZar (Online)

    Another online service that is definitely worth considering for converting AVI to MPEG-4 is ZamZar. It is in fact one of the most famous online converters in the world. Apart from video files, it also allows you to transform images, audio files and documents of various kinds from one format to another, all in a simple, fast way and, in order not to miss anything, even by acting in batches. Just keep in mind that the upload limit is set at 100 MB in total and to download the converted files you need to provide a valid e-mail address.

    You ask me how to use it? Nothing easier! First of all connected to its main page of the service then click on the button Choose files ... che trovi in ​​corrispondenza della dicitura Step 1 and select the AVI file (or files) on your computer that you want to convert to MPEG-4. Alternatively, you can also drag and drop the AVI file to convert directly into the browser window.

    If the file to be transformed is already online, click on the tab URL Converter and type the relative web address in the field that is shown to you to immediately upload it to the service.

    Once this is done, select the item MP4 from the drop-down menu corresponding to the item Step 2, insert your email address in the field that you find in correspondence of the section Step 3 and click your bottone Convert.

    Once the conversion procedure is completed, you will receive an email from ZamZar with links to download your video transformed into MP4. Click on the link in the email to immediately download it to your computer. If you have not made any changes to the browser default settings, the converted file will be saved in the folder Download.

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