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How to Convert (mpeg-4, h.264) MP4 to AVI

David James
Updated on Aug 29, 2023

There's no doubt that MP4 (mpeg-4 or h.264) is a great file format for distributing movie files on the internet or offline. It is one of the most popular formats widely accepted by things among the multimedia players, phones, tablets and computers. However, as of today, it is sometimes you still have a need to convert the MP4 to AVI format on a Mac or PC computer for personal usage.

Here are the full instructions for burning MP4 movie files to Blu-ray.

Finding a decent MP4 to AVI converter can be a pain. While some of users tend to use an easy-to-use converter without complex options, others may prefer to get a full-featured tool to full control over the output with advanced settings. Thankfully, Video Converter we'll use today will provide a user-friendly interface with a few simple clicks for novice to convert MP4 (mpeg-4, h.264) to AVI, or other formats, and a nice balance between advanced features without being overwhelming for experts.

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The application enables you to convert any video file that you might be working with into the any video & audio format that you need, from MP4 to MOV, WMV to M4V, VOB to MPEG, to M4A into WMA, AMR into MP3, and more. For a simply .mp4 to .avi conversion, you just drag your MP4 video into the program and choose AVI as export format and begin converting — that's all there is to it with the program.

For advanced users, you can also spend a while tweaking the conversion settings in detail for both the audio and video components to fully control over the output. There are other useful features bundled in the software, such as device presets, batch conversion and video editing.

Here's how to transfer your movie files from .mp4 to an AVI file format on a Mac, the way to convert files on Windows is actually the same.

How to convert MP4 file to AVI file for Mac OS X

Stage 1 – Install the application and open it

Click the link above to download the right version and install on your computer following the wizard.

Open it, you will see an interface like this:

Stage 2 – Add MP4 videos to the program

The easiest way to do this is to find the folder containing your MP4 movie files on your Mac and drag-and-drop them into the program.

Or, use the "Add File" button in the top left to select your MP4 videos that you want to convert into .avi.

The app offers features like batch processing, so here you can import as many videos as possible.

Stage 3 – Select an appropriate output format

In Profile settings window, make sure the output format is set to AVI.

To do this, click the "Profile" drop-down list, you will see a window like this:

Next, find "AVI Video" profile from the list and pick it.

Keep in mind that you can pretty much choose any other type of formats as output if you want to perform other video conversion. Here's detailed walkthrough on converting AVCHD videos to WMV in Mac.

Stage 3.1 – Tweak settings (for advanced user)

If you're one of those people who knows how to alter the output encoding settings and want to get your hands dirty with every detail, you'll see those options if you press "Settings" next to "Profile".

Note, you'd best leave it be if you are not familiar with them.

Stage 3.2 – Use preset profile

Some of you may want to convert file to watch on a device like PS3, for example, this MP4 to AVI converter for Mac understands this and comes with lots of pre-defined presets for popular devices and players. What you need is find the preset and pick it, all things related to the output will be optimized automatically for you.

Stage 4 – Perform editing on video

Sometimes when you try to play a video on your PC or portable player, there appears distracting black bars on both sides or along the top and bottom of the video. In that case, you need to delete the bar to get a better playback experience.

Luckily, the program has video editing tools built in (by clicking the "Edit" image icon on the top menu bar) that allows for trimming, cropping a video, putting special effect on a video, or even applying 3D visual looking to the video.

Stage 5 – Start converting your MP4 (h.264, mpeg-4) to AVI

Once you've made all things the way you want it, just click the blue "Convert" button in the lower right to begin converting the MP4 format to AVI on Mac.

You can track the conversion process which shows you a progress bar under the video item.

Take a cup of coffee or just have a rest to wait the conversion completes.

When the process completes, you're going to test the new AVIs on a media play to see if they work.

About David James
Transfer music, photos and videos to and from iPhone/ iPad without using iTunes.