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How to Convert AVI to MP4

Exchange one video format for another online or software converters. Here’s how to convert AVI to MP4 on Mac, on Windows and online.

Are you looking to convert an old AVI video file into a newer and more user friendly MP4 format? Maybe you’re having trouble viewing an AVI file and you need a format that will work on your device. In this article, we will briefly discuss what the AVI format is, what an MP4 format is and why you may want to convert AVI to MP4 - we'll also show you how to convert AVI to MP4 for free. Let’s jump into it!

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How to Convert AVI to MP4

What are AVI and MP4 files?

AVI File types were created by Microsoft in 1992 as a way to have a multi-media file type that contains both video and audio. Since AVI files are an older file type, they lack features and the compatibility that more modern file types have. 

In recent years a more common multimedia video files type is the MP4 (MPEG-4). MP4s came on to the scene in 2001 and offer greater compatibility with more systems as well as additional features that can be stored within the file itself. 

There are several other key differences between the two files types such as the supported video formats (codecs), the supported audio formats, supported devices and the supported media players.

Why convert AVI to MP4?

The majority of the time, the reason you will want to convert AVI to MP4 is for greater compatibility options. MP4s will provide you with the greatest flexibility when it comes to using or viewing the file. If the device you are currently on can not read an AVI file, changing it to an MP4 should give you the ability to view the file on any device. 

There are many different options to convert AVI files to MP4 format. There are both free and paid online avi to mp4 converter websites as well as software programs that will convert the files for you.

How to convert AVI to MP4 on Windows, on Mac and on Linux

One quick and easy way to convert AVI files to MP4 files is to use Handbrake. It's a great, simple and free program that can be used as an AVI to MP4 converter which works on all operating systems. You can download it on Mac, on Windows and on Linux via their website.

How to Convert AVI to MP4

Once Handbrake is installed, open the program and you will see a window that looks similar to the image below. From here open the AVI file you wish to convert.  

How to Convert AVI to MP4

Handbrake will open the file and you’ll see an image of your video as well as various pieces of information about your video. 

Next take a look at the ‘Preset’ dropdown menu on the left. Look through the menu and select the option you wish to use for your conversion. There are options for faster renders, high quality renders and various settings for the web etc. 

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Once you have selected your preset option make sure that MP4 is selected under ‘Format’. You can select ‘optimize for web’ if the video will be posted on the web. On the bottom right of the window, you have the option to select where the exported file will be saved. Choose the directory you’d like.

How to Convert AVI to MP4

Once you have chosen your setting go ahead and click on the green ‘Start’ button at the top of the screen. Handbrake will begin to convert your video file. You will see a blue progress bar at the bottom of the window so you can monitor the progress of the export. If you need to stop the conversion, you can click on the red stop button at the top of the screen.  It may take some time for the file to be converted, depending on how large the original file is.

How to Convert AVI to MP4

When the conversion is complete, Handbrake will show you a message at the bottom of the screen stating the encoding is complete. You now have a working MP4 file! 

If you would rather use an online AVI to MP4 converter there are loads of quick and easy options that you can use to convert AVI to MP4. We recommend cloudconvert, Wondershare video converter and Zamzar.

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August 07, 2020