How to Convert a DVD to MP4 Format

This is a simple tutorial about how to convert a DVD to MP4 format. If you want to enjoy your favorite DVD movies with your portable devices, I believe the guide is just what you need.

As we know, MP4 is highly compatible with popular portable devices like iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android phones, Kindle Fire, etc. When you ripping DVD to MP4 video format and transferring to mobile phones or tablets, a great DVD Ripper with excellent output video quality can make this conversion become much more pleasure. So before the conversion start, I recommend you this DVD to MP4 Converter to rip your movie to MP4.

How to convert DVD to MP4 with Handbrake

Handbrake is a good famous free video converter tool. With it, you can easily convert a non-protected DVD to MP4 or MKV format.

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Step 1: Download Handbrake from here. Run it.
Step 2: Import DVD by click “Source” -> “Open Folder”, then select your DVD.
Step 3: Browse and choose destination path of converted MP4 file.
Step 4: Choose MP4 in the Output Settings. Or you can choose some presets on the right of the tool.
Step 5: Click “Start” and wait the converting process finished.

How to Rip protected DVD to MP4 with Video Converter Ultimate

With Handbrake, you can deal with most situations. But be weak in protected DVDs. In this case, you need to use some other DVD Ripper software, like WinXDVD (See also: Best 7 Free DVD Rippers and Top 5 Mac Free DVD Ripper ).

Here we use Video Converter Ultimate for instruction.

Step 1: Import source DVD
Insert DVD disc into your DVD drive and click the “Load DVD” button to load DVD.

Step 2: Select output profile
Click and choose MP4 in the output settings on the right of the window.

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Step 3: Start DVD to MP4 conversion

Choose output path for the converted video file. Then click the biggest “Convert” button to start converting dvd to mp4 and in a short while it will be finished. After conversion, you can get the video files quickly by click “Open Folder”.

How to Play MKV Files on Xbox 360

MKV files have a great video quality as good as Blu-rays. We can download .MKV files from the internet, or rip some Blu-ray disc to MKV files by Blu-ray Ripper tool such as MakeMKV.

And we know Xbox 360 is also a good media player on playing 720P and 1080P resolution in AVI, MP4, MOV, WMV, etc. Without MKV format support. So if you have just downloaded some HD MKV video from internet or ripped a Blu-ray movie disc. You still have one thing to do before watching the MKV videos on Xbox 360: Convert MKV files to H.264 MP4 first.

How to Convert MKV for Playing on Xbox 360 for free

Step 1: Download and install Handbrake, Freemake or other free video converters. Import MKV files to the program.

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Step 2: Type the destination of the converted video files. Of course you can click ‘Browse’ and identify it.

Step 3: Choose H.264 MP4 as output profile.

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Step 4: Click ‘Start’ to start MKV to MP4 conversion.

Step 5: Put the converted video file to Xbox 360 and play on it.

Alternative

Video Converter Ultimate – Optimized for Xbox 360, 1-click to convert MKV videos, not only a video converter, a DVD ripper, but also a dvd burner, YouTube downloader.

How to Convert FLV/F4V to MP4 for Free on Win/Mac

FLV and F4V are two different video file formats, which were known as Flash Video. They are usually been used as a container to deliver video over the internet. The videos you watched online are usually in FLV or F4V format. With some freeware, you can easily download those online videos to computer.

However, FLV format is not supported by many smartphone and tablets, such as iPhone, iPod, iPad, HTC phones etc. So we need a solution to convert FLV to MP4, as MP4 is a compatible for almost all portable device.

We will show you 2 ways to convert FLV/F4V to MP4 for free

Method 1: How to Convert FLV to MP4 with Handbrake

Handbrake is a famous open source video transcoder, it support almost all video formats input and output in MP4 and MKV. And it can run on Multi-Platform (Windows, Mac and Linux). Now follow the steps.

1. Download Handbrake form here and install it.
2. Launch the program and click “Source” > “Open File”, choose the FLV file you want to convert.
3. Click “Browse” to choose a destination path on your computer.
4. Select “MP4” in the Output Settings. At right of the program, you can select a presets for device or universal.
5. Click “Start” at the top, wait for the completion of the conversion process.

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Method 2: How to Convert FLV to MP4 using VLC Media Player

VLC is a free and open source project. It is a cross-platform (Windows, Mac and Linux) multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various videos.

And it is also a simple video converter, it will help us to transcode the FLV files.
1. Click here to download VLC Media Player.
2. Click on the Media menu at the top of VLC, choose Convert/Sava.
3. Choose a file by clicking the “Add…” button in the File tab and Click “Convert/Save” button at the bottom.
4. Click the drop-down menu and choose the Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4) profile from the list. Then click “Browse” button, navigate to where the MP4 file is to be saved.
5. Click the “Start” button and wait for the conversion process finished.

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Alternative

Video Converter Ultimate – A shareware designed to convert DVD and Video file, burn video to DVD and download online videos, wireless transfer videos to portable devices.

How to Import MTS/M2TS Files to Final Cut Pro for Free on Mac

As MTS files can’t be recognized by Final Cut Pro, which was captured by the high definition camcorder. What should I do to solve this issue? This guide will teach you how to import HD camcorder videos to FCP for further editing on Mac OS X.

What is MTS file

MTS format is a common high-definition (HD) video format mainly applied in HD camcorder such as Sony, Canon, Panasonic and JVC. More specifically, it is a file extension of AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) video. After import to computer, it will show up M2TS.

MTS generally adopts H.264 video coding and AC-3 audio coding, and supports 1080i and 720p, with full HD standard 1920 x 1080/1440 x 1080 for resolution. However, some AVCHD files aren’t compatible with mac tools such as Compressor, iMovie and FCP etc. We need to convert MTS to MOV MP4 first, which are the Apple Quicktime common editable format.

How to Convert MTS/M2TS to MP4 for Final Cut Pro free

If your MTS video is not recognizable by Final Cut Pro, you will need a video converter tools to encode MTS to MOV or MP4.

Handbrake is a good choice. It’s an open source video transcoder. You can use it to convert your MTS files to MP4 format, and then import them to FCP for editing.

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Convert MTS to QuickTime MOV on Mac

As Handbrake can’t output MOV format. So, if you want output MOV format, you need another program. Video Converter Ultimate is my recommendation. It provides one-stop service to convert MTS/M2TS to MOV without any quality loss, which is compatible with all versions of Mac OS X(Mountain Lion and Mavericks), iMovie, and Final Cut Pro etc. It can fix compatible issue and save your precious time.

This guide will show you how to convert MTS files to MOV on pc.

Step 1: Install and run the Video Converter Ultimate, import MTS files.

After launching the program, you’ll enter into the “Convert” interface by default. Then, you can go to “File” menu, and then choose “Load Media files…” option to import your MTS video files, or click the “+” button in the bottom-left corner to browse and add the files you want from the HD camcorder. However, the easiest way is to directly drag & drop the MTS files to the program.

Step 2: Select the output format

Click the double up-arrow at the bottom of this program’s pane to open its output format list. Here, available output formats are well catalogued as: Devices, Editing, HD & 3D, Web Sharing, Video and Audio. Click “Editing” category and select FCP while there are also has iMovie, iDVD and other editing software profile.

Step 3: Start Convert MTS to MOV

Click the “Convert” button on the bottom-right of program to start the MTS to MOV conversion. During conversion progress, you can easily control it by pause or cancel. When the conversion finish, you can import the converted MOV files to FCP for editing.

How to Play WMV Videos on Mac OS X

To watch .wmv videos on a Mac would be a troubling thing with so many videos on the internet are in .wmv format. As the standard video format on Windows computer, wmv video is not supported by Mac. By converting wmv videos to .mp4 or .mov, we can play wmv on Mac, manage in iTunes, edit in iMovie, etc.

Can’t play WMV videos on Mac

WMV is one of the most common online video format. Many segments of video data are WMV format. Windows Media Player is now a discontinued and unsupported product for Macintosh. So we need to find another ways to play wmv videos through quicktime.

2 Ways to play WMV videos on Mac

Method 1: Windows Media Components for QuickTime

With Windows Media Components for QuickTime by Flip4Mac, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a web browser.

It has been highly optimized for Power Mac G4 and G5 and Intel computers and supports playback of high-definition Windows Media video files.

By purchasing an upgrade directly from Flip4Mac, you can import Windows Media files for editing and create Windows Media files for distribution. To learn more about these advanced features.

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Method 2: Convert the WMV to MP4/MOV for playback on Mac

As the Mac’s built-in video player QuickTime supports mp4 and mov very well, so we can just need to convert wmv video to mp4 or mov format, then play the converted video with QuickTime.

Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is a good choice with its excellent performance in WMV conversion: super fast conversion speed, loss-less video quality and easy to use interface etc. It supports all video conversion on Mac, including convert WMV to MOV, MP4, iTunes, iMovie, etc.

How to convert WMV to MP4/MOV on Mac

Step1: Launch the Video Converter and drag and drop your videos to the app

Drag & drop video or audio files to the program. Or go to “File” menu, choose “Add Video/Audio files” to locate the files you want to add.

Step2: Set the output format

There are some optimized presets provided for iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMovie and more, choose one of the Apple devices as the output format, the output files could be automatically added to iTunes after the video conversion.

Step3: Click the Convert button to start the WMV Mac conversion

Click the “Convert” button to start video conversion and then you can just have a cup of coffee. The Video Converter could handle the rest for you.

Tips: You can also set “After conversion, shut down my computer”, then the app could shut down Mac automatically when the conversion is finished.

How to Play MKV Videos on Nexus 7 ( 2013 & 2012 )

The Nexus 7 2rd generation is an excellent and cost-effective tablet. Its great 1,920 x 1,200 LCD IPS panel will give you a wonderful visual enjoyment. Nexus 7 support MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and DivX. And you can also play MKV, MOV, AVI, etc. by installing a video player app such as MX Player from Google Play or Amazon Apps.

So on the Google Nexus, there are 2 ways to watch movies on your Nexus 7.

1. Purchase and download movies from Google Play and Amazon, they are optimized for Android already, the Nexus 7 1 or 2 generation can play them directly, because it use Hard Decoding to play it. This ways doesn’t need much resource of the processor and the battery. But its weak point is can’y play many video formats.

2. Installing a video player such as MX Player or Dice Player which use its own internals to play the video, called “Software Decoding”. It supports almost all video formats, while relies more on the main processor, rather than the hardware decoding, and also need more battery power.

The hardware decoding nick is clearly the best option for video playback, because it does not have restrictions on how big the recording, and doesn’t drain battery just as much, but to be able to have the ability to utilize it, we have to convert the video into the type which the Nexus 7 supported.

Steps on how to fix playback issues and play MKV files on your Nexus 7

Step 1: Download and install Video Converter Ultimate on your computer

Video Converter Ultimate is a powerful video tools to help you converting videos and DVDs, even downloading YouTube & Tivo videoes and burning video to DVD.

Step 2: Import the videos you want to the program

Run the program, and put your video resource into it. You can easily do this by click the “Add Files” or “Load DVD”. And you can also import videos and DVDs by dragging media files directly to the program.

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Step 3: Set the profile for your Nexus 7

You have to select a profile before the converting start. Usually you choose a video format profile, like MP4, AVI, MOV, etc. And here, you can select the profile directly by choosing the Device model. As this Video Converter Ultimate has been optimized for most popular device, smartphones and tablets.

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Step 4: Start converting the MKV files to MP4

After the output settings done. You may click the biggest “Convert” button to start the conversion process.

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Step 5: Connect your device to the computer and transfer the movies to it

Once conversion completed, connect Nexus 7 to the computer and copy the videos over to your device, then you can watch your movies using the build-in video player app without stuttering/freezing/sync issues.

How to Play MP4 Format Video on iPad

We know the iTunes works well in importing and playing MP4 video files, but you may receive an error sometimes when you try to transfer and play MP4 files to an iPad. In this case, you will need to convert the MP4 file into a compatible format. After that, you can sync your iPad and watch MP4 vidoes on it. 

How to Convert MP4 files for iPad with iTunes

1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.

2. Go to “File” in the top menubar, and choose the “Add File to Library” option.

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3. In the new Pop-up window. Select the MP4 video file that you want to play on your iPad. Then the iTunes will import the file into your video library.

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4. Select to the “Movies” tab on the top left of the iTunes window under the “Library” heading.

5. Click on the thumbnail for the MP4 video file you just imported to highlight it.

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6. Go to File > Create New Version > Create iPad or Apple TV Version. The iTunes program will now convert the selected video into a format that is compatible with iPad.

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7. Connect and sync your iPad to your computer, and the converted video would be transferred to your iPad.

Use 3rd-party tool to convert any format (MKV, AVI, FLV, etc.) videos for iPad

You can also choose to use a Video Converter to Convert videos for iPad. For example, MKV, AVI, FLV, RMVB, WMV, etc. That would be more easier and faster than using iTunes.

Launch Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, add videos in to program, click output profile on the right and select iPad. Then Click the biggest “Convert” button to start convert video for iPad.

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How to Downloading Videos from YouTube, Tivo and More

Many ways and tools can help you to download videos from YouTube, tivo, break and more. And Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate also allows you to do that, downloading online videos from YouTube and other video-sharing sites.

Downloading videos from YouTube, Tivo and other video-sharing sites

1. Visit YouTube or other sites using Firefox, IE or Chrome. Find you wanted videos. Then click the “Download” button on the top of the videos to start download them if have install the download video plugin.

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2. On the other hand, you can also download the video by copy the video URL and click “Add URL” on the top left, paste the URL into the following window. Then click “OK” to start downloading.

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3. Actually, you can download YouTube videos in batch mode. Visit youtube.com with your browser (IE, Firefox or Chrome). Open a playlist or a channel including many videos, you will see a grey “Download All” button on the top.

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Click the “Download All” button, the program will start to analyze all the videos’ urls and start downloading. You would see all the videos are in the downloading list.

How to Play AVI Files on Nexus 7

Many people have met the trouble with playing some avi files in the usual. They have installed MXplayer or BSplayer, but still having a problem since a few of them won’t play.

Maybe the old avi files are not supported well by those players or something others. The universal method is to convert AVI format to Nexus 7 natively video formats, just like MP4. And, you can reduce the video size and adjust video parameters like bit rate etc. to fit the Nexus 7 better, I think you will have a nice playback with it.

Convert avi videos for nexus 7 is not complicated. A Video Converter ( Video Converter for Mac ) can do it well. This great app provides us an optimized preset for Nenus 7. You don’t need to do any other settings manually and just simply select the right profile with one click.

First download the trial version of Video Converter ( windows or mac )

Then follow the steps below:

Step 1: Run the program and add AVI files to the converter

After install the video converter, you’ll enter into the default interface. Then, hit the “Add Files” button on the top-left to add video files, or you can drag and drop the AVI files directly.

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Step 2: Select the optimized preset for Nexus 7

On the right of the software. Click the “Device” tab, and choose “Ohters” > “Nexus 7”. The software have optimized preset for Nexus 7, directly choose it without any other manual settings.

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Step 3: Start Convert AVI to Nexus 7

After choose the output format, Click “Convert” Button to start the conversion. In a few minutes, you’ll receive a note saying all of these tasks have been finished.

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Step 4: Transfer converted video files to Nexus 7

You can quickly find those output files by “Open Folder”. Then connect your Nexus 7 to computer via cable and drag the converted files in. Well, enjoy the wonderful video content now.

Easy Solution of Importing AVI to iMovie

Q: My AVI plays smoothly in QuickTime, but they “grey out” in the import window, so I couldn’t import to iMovie.
Q: I imported an  AVI file to iMovie, but nothing showes up on screen.

Maybe you have problems in importing AVI video to iMovie above? So, here is easy solution to convert AVI to iMovie supported format by using Video Converter for Mac.  After covnersion, you can import to  iMovie HD, iMovie 07, iMovie 08, iMovie 09 and iMovie 11 without any problems.

Step 1: Import AVI files to Mac Video Converter

Launch the software just downloaded above, drag & drop AVI files to the main interface directly. By the way, batch conversion is also available here, you are allowed to import several files at one time.

Step 2: Choose the output format for iMovie

Select “iMovie” as the output format. The program has already optimized the video settings for iMovie. The output videos could looks great on iMovie.

Step 3: Start AVI to iMovie conversion

Click the “Convert” button and start the conversion. After that, you can import the output files to iMovie (iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08/iMovie HD).

Step 4: Import converted file to iMovie

Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > movies, navigate to the folder that output AVI videos are saved. Select the files and click “Import”.

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