How to Make MP4 Files

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The MP4 file format has become a staple in the digital media space due to its compatibility and efficiency. Creating an MP4 file or converting existing media into this format can often be a necessity for video editors and content creators. This article will explore the process of making and converting MP4 files using VSDC, a free video editing software that supports a whole range of formats and codecs.

What is MP4 Format?

MP4 video format or h264

MP4 is a type of digital file used to store video, audio, and other data like subtitles and images. It's popular because it works on many devices, keeps file sizes small without losing too much quality, and is great for streaming videos on the internet.

How to Make MP4 File

Making MP4 Video From Scratch

Creating an MP4 video from scratch in VSDC involves several steps:

  1. Launch VSDC and initiate a new project by importing your media files using the Import Content button.
  2. Before importing your video for a more precise editing experience, it's advisable to set some parameters such as framerate and resolution. This ensures your video is optimized for editing.
  3. Utilize VSDC's editing tools to cut, split, trim, add effects, and arrange your media on the timeline.
  4. After fine-tuning your video, navigate to the Export Project tab on the Ribbon, select your media device in the upper left corner and choose MP4 as the output format on the right.
  5. When dealing with high-resolution videos, such as 4K, selecting the right codec is crucial. In the Profile field below, you have the option to choose any codec, including the most popular ones like H.264 and H.265, which are especially recommended for 4K video editing.
  6. You can also adjust the export settings to suit your needs before finalizing the video. To do this, click the Profile button below to select the desired codec.
  7. Click the Edit profile button in the lower right corner to fine-tune your settings. Set the bitrate accordingly—the higher the resolution, the higher the bitrate should be to maintain video quality and the quality in the encoder mode field to achieve better results. Adjusting the encoder mode quality allows for optimized balance between quality and file size.
  8. Commence the export process with the red Export project button located just about the preview window, and voilà, your MP4 video is ready!

Converting Video To MP4

To convert videos to MP4 format within VSDC, proceed as follows:

  1. Launch VSDC Video Editor, navigate to the Tools tab and select Video converter.
  2. Click the Add files section on the ribbon to import the video you want to convert.
  3. Select the media device, click on MP4 format on the ribbon and adjust conversion parameters if necessary, considering factors like resolution, codec, and bitrate in the Edit profile section in the lower right corner.
  4. Initiate the conversion process by clicking the Export project button on the Ribbon and save the new MP4 file to your preferred location in the object explorer.
What's The Difference Between MP4 And Other Formats?

Difference Between MP4 And Other Formats

MP4 files are known for their balance between quality and file size, making them ideal for use on the web. Unlike formats such as AVI or MOV, MP4 files are universally playable on most devices and platforms. They also allow for streaming online without the need for the entire file to be downloaded first. MP4 files are generally more compressed and smaller than AVI files, which can store data without compression, leading to larger file sizes and potentially higher quality at the cost of compatibility and storage space.


Is MP4 a good format?

MP4 is considered a good format for its versatility and widespread acceptance. It delivers high-quality video content and is supported by nearly all video players and editing software. Its efficient compression helps in reducing file sizes without a significant loss in video quality, making it an excellent choice for both professional and casual use.

Is it better to convert or make MP4 from scratch?

The optimal approach hinges on your particular requirements. Crafting an MP4 file from scratch affords you greater creative freedom and the opportunity to fine-tune the end product. Conversely, if your goal is to promptly share or playback a video across different devices, converting to MP4 might be your best bet for speed and convenience. With VSDC, both processes are straightforward, ensuring you get a high-quality MP4 file regardless of the method you choose.


convert videos into MP4 format

The ability to make and convert videos into MP4 format with VSDC means that your content is ready for anything—from professional presentations to social media sharing, to archiving treasured memories. As digital media continues to evolve, the MP4 format remains a constant, providing a reliable and efficient means of storing and transmitting our visual stories. With the help of VSDC, you're well-equipped to navigate the digital landscape, ensuring your videos are accessible and of high quality, no matter where they're viewed.