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I have a .mov file I've just recorded that's 600MB, I want to convert it to a smaller .mp4 file. How can I do this?

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You could try Handbrake. It's available on Windows/Mac/Linux.

It will re-encode your .mov file to a smaller .mp4 version. Note that you will always lose quality when re-encoding.

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I've tried a lot of programs, handbrake is a very well polished app. Installed quick, and it seems to work so far. – JL. Sep 26 '09 at 18:07

I think that the mencoder utility included with mplayer should be capable to handle both..

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SUPER © (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer) will convert pretty much any multimedia format (incl. MOV > MP4).

SUPER © is freeware.

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Another free option is ffmpeg, which is Free (as in freedom) and quite easy to use if you don't mind typing a few words at the command line. It's available for most operating systems--I can't be more specific unless you state which OS you are using.

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Try one of these:

  1. HandBrake
  2. MEncoder

I think these two will help you with the conversion.

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YAMB along with MP4BOX is a good option.
Download both and unzip them (no installation needed and together they're about 5MB), in YAMB choose Settings and set the folder path of MP4box.

To convert a video file choose Creation > Create an MP4 file...

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Tried Yamb on Windows 7, installed ok, but afterwards it gave an error when I selected the source file. – JL. Sep 26 '09 at 18:07
Works OK for me on win7 (64bit). – Eran Sep 26 '09 at 20:49

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