MOV files were created by Apple, are associated with the application Quicktime and often times use the MPEG-4 codec for compression. They were built as a cross-platform format, meaning they can be played on many Mac and Windows applications. MOV files are one of the few container formats that support alpha channel, or transparency.
MP4 is an international standard and probably the most popular video and audio file container at present, with native support in Windows, Macs, iOS, and Android devices. Although the format is lossy, this enables small file sizes, whilst retaining a good level of video quality.
You might want to convert from MOV to MP4 because MP4 is generally more universally supported - although in reality, both file formats are widely supported these days.
NOTE: It's important to distinguish between file container formats and compression formats, or codecs. For example, MP4 is a container, and can hold different types of video compression, for example, MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 AVC, or HEVC, as well as audio (again compressed in a variety of formats) and metadata (for example subtitles). Some codecs can be wrapped in multiple different containers. Containers are sometimes referred to as file extensions, e.g. MOV, MP4, or AVI, but it's important to remember that there can be different types of video within these file formats.
VideoStudio is more than MOV to MP4 converter. We built VideoStudio to convert multiple file-formats including the formats below.
Format support for VideoStudio Trial depends on your OS system configuration. Fewer formats are supported in the VideoStudio Trial and is not representative of the formats supported in VideoStudio Pro or VideoStudio Ultimate upon full purchase.
Requires the full version of VideoStudio - not supported in VideoStudio trial.
* This format requires supporting graphic card and MS HEVC extension installed
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