How to Convert VLC Files to an MP4

VLC Media Player from Videolan is a powerful video player and transcoder (converter) that handles many different formats, including the popular DivX, MP4 and WMV files, as well as DVD files and streaming videos from the Internet. Converting your VLC videos to MP4 is an easy process once you have downloaded or updated to the most current version of VLC. Depending on the file size, file type and quality of your input VLC file and output settings, some loss of quality may occur during conversion. Allow several minutes to several hours for conversions to complete.

Things You'll Need

  • VLC Media Player

Instructions

    • 1

      Download and install the latest version of VLC Media Player. Agree to the licensing terms and launch the program.

    • 2

      Open your video in VLC and wait until it loads. Click "Settings" and select "Preferences."

    • 3

      Click the "Advanced Options" box in the lower right-hand side of the screen. On the left hand side, click on "Stream Output" and "Sout Stream." Select the "Transcode" option and hit "Save."

    • 4

      Click on VLC's main file menu and select "Open File..." Press the "Browse..." button and direct VLC to your video.

    • 5

      Choose the "Stream/Save" option at the bottom of the screen and click "Settings."

    • 6

      Select "MP4" as your "Encapsulation Method." Make sure that the "File" box under "Outputs" is checked, as well as your "Video Codec" and "Audio Codec" boxes.

    • 7

      Click "OK." When the video loads in a new player window, click "Play" and wait for the conversion to finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • If converting for an MP4 device, consult your user manual for the correct frame size and pixel resolution before launching VLC.
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