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How to convert MP4 to AVI on Mac?

August 27 2015 , Written by Bonnie

Description: How to transcode MP4 to AVI on Mac? This article will show you two effective methods.

As we know, MP4 is a multimedia container format most commonly applied to store digital video and audio streams, especially those defined by MPEG, but also used to reserve other data such as subtitles and still images. 

AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is the most common format for audio/video data on computers. The Microsoft AVI file format is a Resource Interchange File Format file specification used to capture, edit, and play back audio-video sequences. It can store video data that might be encoded with various codecs. it brings you a better video quality and is supported by a wide range of media players and devices. It is the most popular video format supported by all media players. Unlike MP4 it doesn't require any additional codecs or software. So it's not strange that many Mac users choose AVI as the destination format.

Then how to convert MP4 to AVI?

Don’ worry, we offer you two good methods to convert MP4 to AVI on Mac.

Method 1.Convert MP4 to AVI with free Handbrake on Mac

How to Convert MP4 to AVI with Handbrake on Mac with Handbrake 0.9.2? 

Step 1: After download and install Handbrake for Mac, open Handbrake.

Step 2: On the "Source" field, click the "Browse" button and choose the MP4 video file you want to convert to AVI file format from a new window popped up in front of the Handbrake interface.

Step 3: On "Destination" portion of the Handbrake program window, select the output path where you want to save your new AVI file by clicking the "Browse" button.

Step 4: Move your mouse to the "Output Settings" field, and choose Xvid as the output video encoder from the "Encoder".

Step 5: Now simply click "Start" button at the very top of the main Handbrake window to convert MP4 video file to AVI format. If you have multiple MP4 videos to convert, just click "Add to Queue" button to queue and start task from the "Encode Queue" dialog.

Handbrake is a versatile, free tool for ripping and converting video on your Mac. This Mac free video converter could convert between practically any type of video source for users to better manage your video library and convert videos. However, you should know that Handbrake is relatively weak in stability and sometimes the process may break for some reason during the video conversion and the video quality therefore may be lower than that encoded with Xvid. Besides, it updates slower, not Sync. Only Handbrake 0.9.2 can supports batch conversion.

If you want to quickly convert to good quality, to turn into more formats, you need a powerful tool, which is the second method.

Method 2.Convert MP4 to AVIwith  Patube iMedia Converter for Mac on Mac

This tool is universal, and it has many useful functions:

1. Convert your MP4 files to AVI with high speed and zero quality loss on Mac.

2. Supported Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard.

3. Support batch conversion, which is so convenient

4.Add srt, ass, ssa subtitles to the output AVI/MP4/MPEG videos

5. Convert all common, HD, 4K, 3D videos to all popular video and audio formats like AVI, H.265, M3U8, MP4, MOV, MKV, MPG, FLV, 3D, etc. For playing on HD media player, Tablets, Smartphones, Game consoles, 4K TV, 3D TV, Projectors, etc.

6.Native codec support for iMovie, FCP X, FCP 6/7, FCE, iMovie, Apple Aperture 3, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Premiere Pro CS6/5/4/3, Adobe After Effects CC, After Effects CS6, Adobe Premiere Elements 13/12, Adobe Creative Suite 6/5, DaVinci Resolve Lite(DaVinci Resolve 11), DaVinci Resolve 9, iPhoto, Kdenlive, Keynote, etc.

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How to Convert MP4 to AVI on Mac with iMedia Converter for Mac?

Step 1. Load the MP4 files

After downloading and installing, open it. Click “File” icon on main menu to browse your computer hard drive and load MP4 videos. This Mac MP4 to AVI converter also supports drag & drop MP4 files to the program. 

Step 2. Choose the output format

Choose output file format by clicking "Format" button, then select "AVI" from the drop-down list. You can choose the output AVI format from “Common video” / “Common audio”/ 3D video /HD video depending on your device.

As you see, almost all regular video formats are available and you can even convert videos for playing on portable devices with optimized settings. This Mac MP4 to AVI converter can automatically optimize the resulting output settings based on the format you choose.

Step 3. Start to convert MP4 video on Mac

When all the settings are done, now you've come to the last step: click the green arrow button and then the fast conversion begins. MP4 files to AVI and wait for the software to do the rest for you. The conversion time depends on your video size, computer performance, output settings, etc. Generally, it won't take too long. You can put the output AVI videos to play on media player, DVD player, devices, TV, etc.

After the conversion complete, now you're ready to enjoy your movie freely.

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