Convert and compress videos on Mac

Digital videos can have different formats and use different codecs. This can be beneficial if you save the video in the appropriate format for a specific purpose. But if it is in the wrong format for upload to a website, for playback on a specific device or for sharing on social media, it has to be converted. Same thing if it's too big. Then the video needs to be compressed. It is not uncommon for these two steps to go hand in hand, for example when converting a large AVI file to a smaller MP4 file. Here you will find solutions for converting and compressing videos on the Mac.

Compress and convert videos on Apple Mac works with various apps and online services. Some can do more, others too little. Here are a few examples.

Compress and convert videos on Apple Mac works with various apps and online services. Some can do more, others too little. Here are a few examples.

Large selection for converting and compressing videos on Mac

If you use a search engine to search for an online service or an app that can convert or compress videos on the Apple Mac, you will find a seemingly endless list of offers. But the results are not all equally good. Sometimes the maximum video length is limited, sometimes too few formats and codecs are supported. 

Perhaps the length and format are actually supported - but then a watermark is placed in the output video or the quality is not as desired. There are many hurdles to finding the right solution. Also the offers of software portals that want to install additional programs via their downloaders: Why you shouldn't download software from download portals.

Convert video with a Mac app on macOS

Here in the Sir Apfelot Blog you will find various apps and online solutions that you can use to convert and compress videos. The list of individual articles on the topic can be accessed with this link. The search results also include apps that you can use to download videos from the Internet and save them in the desired format. To name a few, there are e.g. B. UniConverter, ClipGrab, the VLC Player, the Wondershare Video Converter and the like included.

If you still have an insider tip in store, please leave a comment! I would also be interested in your opinion that Apple has not yet implemented the correct format selection in iMovie. Shouldn't the iPhone and Mac manufacturer slowly offer a native solution for converting videos? At least that would be very practical.

A comprehensive solution: Movavi Video Converter 2021

If you are not primarily looking for a free solution, but also want to spend something on the ability to convert and compress videos, then the Movavi Video Converter be something for you. The current version from 2021 supports numerous formats for input. The output is also extensively possible; for example with 3GP, 3G2, AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, OGV, WebM, WMV and more. Furthermore, various device standards such as Apple iPad and iPhone, Google Pixel and Nexus, Lenovo, LG, Samsung and Sony can be selected.

In addition to converting video files, Movavi Video Converter for the Apple Mac also allows you to save the audio track as an audio file. In addition, audio files can be converted, for which AAC, AC3, AIFF, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA and other formats are supported. Last but not least, images can also be converted with the app. An enormous number of formats (including RAW formats) are supported. However, the output is limited to BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG and TIFF.

The Movavi Video Converter in the version for 2021 can not only convert videos, but also convert images, audio and subtitle formats. Videos can also be edited in the new format and codec before saving.

The Movavi Video Converter in the version for 2021 can not only convert videos, but also convert images, audio and subtitle formats. Videos can also be edited in the new format and codec before saving.

Last but not least, Movavi Video Converter can handle subtitles. Their formats can also be adapted to a new edition and the intended use. As you can see, this app is an understatement with its name. You can not only convert videos with it on the Apple Mac, but also do numerous other tasks relating to videos, images, audio and subtitles. Oh yes: Videos can also be cropped, rotated, stabilized and watermarked. In other words, an all-round program that can certainly also help in a professional context!

An overview of all supported formats, the technical requirements for use and the download for macOS and Windows can be found on the page linked above. A free demo can be used to test whether the app is suitable for you and your video tasks on the Mac  or Windows PC. The purchase version with a lifetime license currently costs € 43,95.

How do you compress and convert videos on a Mac?

Do you use a different program than those mentioned up to here? Do you work with professional software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effects? Or do you know a free (but reputable) app with which videos can be converted without restrictions and loss of quality, which we have not yet highlighted here in the blog? Then leave a comment on the topic! You never stop learning ...: D

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4 comments

  1. Martin Schellmoser says:

    I recommend Handbrake. Is open source and very good.

    https://handbrake.fr

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Martin! Yes, that's right! I also used Handbrake.fr in the past. At that time, the user interface was still a bit "rudimentary" to me, which is why I resorted to paid programs. In the meantime, however, the program also has good default settings and the like. I can really recommend it. : D

  2. Kai-Uwe Schneider says:

    I recommend adapters. Free of charge and very convenient to use.

    https://macroplant.com/adapter

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Thanks for the tip, especially the preview function, with which you can directly compare the image quality before and after the conversion, should be quite practical in everyday life.

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