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How to Convert MOV to MPEG File

David James
Updated on Aug 29, 2023
The converter mentioned below will also convert mpg to .mov on Mac & PC.

MOV is the default format used for Apple products such as QuickTime, iPhone, iMovie, FCPX, and some of digital video cameras create footages with .mov file extension. In Macs, it's never been an issue for playback of QuickTime MOV file. However, there is still a need to convert videos from one format to another such as .mov to .mpeg in Mac or PC machine. This might be because of the compatibility problem with the media player or device, the need of file size compression, or other reasons.

What is MPEG file type?

MPEG or MPG is a container format for lossy compression of digital video with the mpeg-1 or mpeg-2 codec. While mpeg-1 was designed specifically for Video-CD media, mpeg-2 is mainly used for digital TV broadcast and DVD and similar discs. With the newer standards such as H.264 and H.265/HEVC emerge, the mpeg-1 has gone to a past, but mpeg-2 is still widely used for digital video transmission.

Windows & Mac: Convert QuickTime MOV to MPEG file

Whether you want to turn the .mov files into a .mpg or .mpeg format on your Mac / PC to work the file on desktop media player without any issue, or you just want to watch the MOV video on a MPEG-only device, conversion from one format to another is easy in handy with right program.

Video Converter is our favorite. It is a lightweight piece of software that sports a clean, intuitive interface. As the name suggests, it supports for converting almost every type of video including MOV, AVI, WMV, MP4, MKV, FLV. Aside from this, the app can also convert any given video & audio and save as modern audio formats. Preset selecting and output control are also important properties of this converter.

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In this article I present an overview of conversion from QuickTime MOV to MPEG (*.mpg) file on Mac OS X for example. This will give you a good idea of the flexibility you wish to convert digital videos on your computer regardless of the file type you come across.

How to convert MOV file to MPEG file for Mac OS X

Stage 1 –Download / install the program and open it

The first time you open the program, you will be presented with a clean interface where sports a helpful layout that's easy to figure out.

Stage 2 – Add MOVs

You can either highlight the MOV files you want to convert and drop into the indicated area, or head to the top toolbar and click on the "Add File" button at the left side to browse for video files.

This Mac MOV to MPEG converter features batch processing, which enables you to process several files simultaneously, so here you can add as multiple files as possible.

Once the MOV videos are selected it will appear on a list in program. You can change the order, remove the unwanted items.

Stage 3 – Pick MPEG output file

The application lets you very quickly set up your output format - MPEG with a few click.

All you need is click the button named "Profile" at the lower left side of screen, this will enables you to enter the Format panel like so:

In the Format section, click the "General Video" category and choose "MPEG-2 Video" profile from the list.

BTW, some of you may want to convert the MOV to AVI on Mac, so that you then will use the target AVI files on an AVI-specific device. Actually, what the operation you will have to do is select another "AVI Video" profile.

Stage 3.1 – Tweak output parameters if required

This MOV to MPEG converter does allow customization when it comes to output of video & audio.

Next to "Profile" there is a "Settings" option, by clicking it, a whole range of output parameters show up in a window. In there, you can adjust the settings with codec, bitrate, resolution and others to determine the quality of result file. Generally, we recommend you keep most of the settings as they are.

Stage 3.2 – Select preset to simplify your task

As many of users want to play the video files onto a specific device (i.e. iPhone, iPad...), but don't know the most appropriate settings for it, the Mac program understands this and builds several ready made presets. All you need is pick it and everything will be optimized accordingly.

Stage 4 – Perform editing

This software does offer options for video files editing to enhance the output.

Click the EDIT icon on the top menu bar on the main interface, an editing window appears where you can trim the video to extract a part out of video, crop the video to delete the black bars across the side, put watermark and more.

Stage 5 – Start the Conversion

And here comes the important part: You click the blue "Convert" button on the bottom right-hand corner of screen, the process of converting common or h.264 MOV file into MPEG file format in Mac OS X.

Understand also, conversion time is determined by how many .mov items are in the list, the quality they are and output settings. Anyway, you can monitor the progress with a process bar beneath the item.

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