How to Convert a QuickTime Movie to MPEG

by Joshua Duvauchelle

QuickTime is a video authoring and playback program developed and released by Apple Inc. QuickTime's native format is the MOV file format. MPEG is an alternative file format used for movies. Learn how to convert a Quicktime MOV file to an MPEG file without loosing playback quality.

Step 1

Launch the QuickTime Pro software by double-clicking its icon in the Applications folder (on a Mac) or selecting it from the Start menu (on a Windows PC). If you do not have Quicktime Pro, you may download it from (see Resources).

Step 2

Drag the MOV file to the Quicktime screen. Alternatively, click "File" in the top menu bar and select "Open" to find the file you wish to convert.

Step 3

Click "File" in the top menu and select "Export" from the drop-down menu. A dialog window will appear on the screen.

Select "MPEG" from the drop-down menu of available file types to which QuickTime can convert the movie file. Press the "Save" button to convert the file. Wait for the conversion process to finish. This process may take several minutes, depending on the speed of your computer processor and the length of the original MOV file.


  • Use QuickTime to convert MOVs to MPEGs in order to play the videos on iPods and similar portable devices.


About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.

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