How to Convert VLC to QuickTime

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VLC Media Player is a free video player and converter made by VideoLAN. Offering conversions to and from dozens of formats, you can convert your VLC video to a QuickTime file type using the program's transcoding process. QuickTime files are identified by their ".mov" file extension, also known in VLC as an "Encapsulation Format." Note that VLC Media Player processes your ".mov" with what is known as an "H.264" compression type, resulting in the highest quality video with the smallest file size.

  • Open VLC Media Player. Click the "Media" tab at the top of the screen and select the "Convert/Save" option to enter the Open Media window.

  • Click the "File" tab in the top-left of the screen. Press the "Add..." button on the right side of the screen to enter a pop-up search screen of your computer's contents. Navigate to your input VLC file using the Windows Explorer pop-up if on a PC, or the Finder pop-up if on a Mac. Highlight your video's icon and click "Open" to load your file in the Open Media screen.

  • Click the "Convert/Save" button at the bottom-right of the screen to enter the Convert window. Press the "Browse" button on the right side of the window, opposite the "Destination File" field, to enter the "Save As..." screen.

  • Choose a save location for your output QuickTime movie. Name your file and be sure to include the ".mov" file extension after its name. Click "Save" to return to the Convert window.

  • Press the "Profile" drop-down menu in the lower-right side of the screen and choose the "Video - H.264...(MP4)" option.

  • Click the toolbar icon next to the Profile drop-down menu in the lower-right of the screen to enter the Form window. Click the "Encapsulation" tab and select the "MP4/MOV" option. Press "Save" to return to the Convert screen.

  • Press the "Deinterlace" button in the lower-left corner of the screen for better quality video. Click the "Start" button to begin the conversion process.

Tips & Warnings

  • An H.264 MOV file is one of the most common and compatible formats for uploading to the Internet and for playback on portable media devices.

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