The advancement of technology has enabled millions of people across the globe to acquire portable devices such as smartphones, camcorders and digital cameras. These devices enable us to work with videos whether it is through shooting, editing, viewing ready-made videos online or live-streaming from video sharing sites such as YouTube. All these videos come in various formats. Not all devices support the same video formats. In this article, we will focus on two video formats: AVI and MP4.
Overview of AVI and MP4
AVI in full is Video Audio Interleave. It is one of the oldest video formats out there. It was developed by Microsoft and became really popular back then. Nowadays, however, AVI is used by only a few people though you may still find AVI legacy videos on the web if you look. This video format tends to take up more space because it offers less compression. It can be used in both Windows and Mac systems.
On the other hand, Mp4 is made with the same technology as that of MPEG-4. It was developed by Apple and has gained popularity in the past few years because of its use in the iTunes store. Another reason that gives it an edge over AVI is that it is compatible with a wide range of devices such as Xbox 360, iPad ad Apple TV. It not only supports video and audio but also images and text.
It is easy to pick the better video format when working with AVI and MP4. MP4 is more suited to the modern times while AVI is outdated. There are many video converters you can find if you Google. Some are free while for some are paid. In this article, we will show you a step by step process when converting AVI video file to MP4 video file on Windows and MAC.
HandBrake Video Converter
HandBrake is a free and open source tool that allows you to convert videos from almost any format. What gives it an edge over most video converters is the fact that it is compatible with all platforms (Mac, Linux and Windows). HandBrake also comes with many other benefits. As we said earlier, this video converter supports most common file formats. Note that it also works with Blu-ray and DVD files which do not have a copy protection.
This versatile video transcoder comes with in-built device presets. You can easily choose a profile that suits your device. Alternatively, you can click on the universal profile (designed for high or standard quality conversions). It also provides the following outputs: MKV and Mp4 (file containers), MPEG-2, h.264, h.265 and h.264 MPEG-4 (video encoders), MP3, Flac, AC3 (audio encoders).
Converting AVI to mp4 using HandBrake
As we mentioned earlier in this post, more people are using Apple devices hence the popularity of the Mp4 format. How do you convert AVI to MP4 with HandBrake? You only need to follow the following steps and you will be done in a couple of minutes.
Step 1 – Install and launch HandBrake video convertor. On the tool bar, select Source and open your AVI video file.
Step 2 – You will see a Destination button in the window. Click on it and select the Browse button. Here you will choose the folder you want to save your MP4 to and give it and a name. (In the Output settings, the default selection is Mp4).
Step 3 – If you don’t wish to change any other settings on the video you will be ready to start the convert process. Click on Start to begin the process. After the process is complete, you can import the final mp4 tune to iTunes and send it to your device.
Aside from converting AVI to Mp4, HandBrake comes with many other features. If you want to convert multiple files for, lets say a whole season of television series, it provides the batch-convert feature. It allows you to easily add subtitles to your movies. There’s a feature for denoising a video file, where you basically improve the overall quality of a video. You can also crop videos with Handbrake. Handbrake, however, has limitations. It doesn’t allow one to adjust the visual aspects of a video file such as saturation, brightness and contrast or trim the videos. In order to access such features, you have to look for alternatives.
Aimersoft Video Converter
Unlike HandBrake, Aimersoft Video Converter is not free. You have to pay for t because it has a lot more to offer. It supports both Windows and Mac systems. To convert AVI to MP4 using Aimersoft, follow these steps.
Step 1 – Install and launch Aimersoft Video Converter. You will see buttons on at the top of the Application main screen. Select Convert.
Step 2 – Click on Add Files at the top left of the screen and select your AVI video file. Alternatively, you could directly drag the file to the program. Note that you can select multiple files for conversion.
Step 3 – Select Output Format at the right side of the screen in order to ensure that you’re are converting to MP4. After selecting the files, a list of the video files you just selected will show up on the screen. You can arrange these files or remove what you don’t want to convert. If you want to edit some parts of the video, select Settings button at the bottom right part of the screen.
Step 4 – the last step where you click on the Convert button at the bottom of the screen. Once the process is complete you can click on Open Folder (from the pop up notification) to check your newly converted MP4 files.
Other than converting videos, Aimersoft provides more features which cannot be found in a free video convertor. Another great program you can use to convert AVI to MP4 is ImTOO Video Converter Ultimate. Like Aimersoft, it is a paid program. This program comes with a simple and user-friendly interface which lets you complete the process within a short time. It also offers many awesome features such as: Fast conversion, enhances video quality by adjusting saturation, contrast etc, load subtitles to your videos, add images/watermarks, an easier way to crop videos than handbrake, download and conversion of YouTube videos and better presets.
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Finding a video converter, in this age of the internet, is an easy job. You could easily find a free one a few seconds after searching on Google. The problem, however, is that these free video converters do not offer all the features you may require to get the best results. This is where paid programs come in handy. Aside from providing a user-friendly interface, they offer more features to enable you make the best out of your video.
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