How To Convert Videos On A Mac

Converting videos can be confusing. And if you have a video file that won’t play back or can’t find a way to even open it, it can be quite frustrating. In this post I want to go over three different apps that you can use to convert any video format on a mac. That way you can open any video file and won’t have to worry one bit in opening, playing, and even editing your video files.

Free WMV AVI Converter

This free video converting software can convert wmv and avi video files. And if you’ve been a mac user for sometime, you’ll realize that these two video codecs aren’t natively supported by Apple. So this can be really helpful to convert these PC native files to a different format that can be played back on a mac.

Not only that, but this software can also convert other video files as well. You can convert many different popular video formats and there are even presets that you can choose if there is a certain format that you’re looking to convert your video file to. Below, I’ve made a short video explaining how to use this app. You can download the app by clicking here.

This app is very handy, but there are a few drawbacks you’ll need to be aware of. If you need to convert anything that is very high resolution such as 4k video footage, you’ll need to upgrade this app to a premium plan. So you may choose to do so, but if you are looking to convert high res videos for free, continue reading to see other options that may benefit you.

HandBrake & VLC

HandBrake is very powerful. Probably its main utility and what it is most used for is to convert and rip DVDs. So if you have some old family homemade videos that you want to convert digitally, this can really help.

You can check out HandBrake by clicking here. Other than Handbrake, if all else fails VLC player is your best option for stubborn video codecs. This software has saved me many times, converting video codecs that I’ve never even heard of before. You can download VLC player by clicking here.

If you’d like to see how to use HandBrake and VLC, I’ve made a video explaining how to use it. Feel free to watch it below!


So there you have it. I hope that these apps help you convert video files on a mac. If this has helped you, consider liking and sharing it with others.

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Published by johnthevideoguy

I am a Cleveland based video editor and videographer. My mission is to push and share the innovation of video technology through my experiences and the ideas of others.

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