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4.06.2009

Tutorial: Convert to .mp4

So you've got this cool video that you want to put onto a portable media device. But how do you do it?

Well, Apple has their tutorial. And that's nice.

But there's another way.

First, download VLC (it's a great media player, free, and cross-platform).

Second, in VLC go to File -> Streaming/Exporting Wizard... and choose Transcode/Save to file:


Export to File

Check both the Video and Audio boxes, and choose the MPEG-4 formats for both. You have to select MP4 in the next step as well:


MPEG-4

Choose where you want to save the file and name it, and press Next:


Save

VLC will do it's magic, and now the video should be ready to go onto your portable media player.

Granted, I don't have one of these newfangled devices so I can't test this. And depending on your player, it may require specific video sizes. But if you need to convert a video into .mp4 format, this is how you do it.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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