Best Way to Convert AVI to MPEG-4

Diana Joan

Jun 13, 2018 09:04 am / Posted by Diana Joan | Categories: Hot Topics

The AVI file type (only a container and not a FINAL video format) is by far the oldest used container till today. Video files that are named under the .avi extension are still very popular. This video container covers almost any video coding formats and audio coding formats. When the AVI file can not be played by the device or media player that claimed support AVI file, it may be caused by the unrecognizable video/audio codec. So you may want to convert the AVI to MPEG-4 for playback on more portable devices. Read on to get more information.

MPEG4 vs MP4: What Is the Difference between MP4 and MPEG4?

1. MPEG4 file format equals to MP4; (Incorrect)
2. MPEG-4 is just the long version of what is commonly called MP4; (Incorrect)
3. MP4 is just audio and music. MPEG4 is video, used in movies and TV shows, etc; (Incorrect)
4. MP4 is video files on or for mobile devices while mpeg4 is just regular video files; (Incorrect)
5. MP4 is a container for mpeg-4 video. There are other containers, like MKV, which also can have mpeg-4 video files in them. When devices, like iPhone, do not support MKV (MPEG-4), you can convert MKV to MP4/mpeg4. (Correct)

MPEG-4 and MP4

Normally, when we say MP4 video, we’re talking about a video ending in the file extension .mp4. MP4 can refer to a video file extension while MPEG4 cannot. Of course, there are some other differences between mp4 and mpeg4. To figure them out, you have to understand two basic terms first: media container and video codec. It is as simple as this formula: 
Media Container = video format (video codec) + audio format (audio codec) + subtitle

To make the difference of MP4 and MPEG4 much clearer, let’s apply the formula to the "mpeg4 vs mp4":
MP4 (.mp4) = MP4 video format (.mpeg4/.h264 video codec) + audio format (mp3, aac, etc) + subtitle
AVI (.avi) = MP4 video format (.mpeg4/.h264 video codec) + audio format (mp3, aac, etc) + subtitle
MKV (.mkv) = MP4 video format (.mpeg4/.h264 video codec) + audio format (mp3, aac, etc) + subtitle


Can you see the difference MPEG-4 and MP4 from above? They are not the same thing. One the MP4 is a container and should covers lots of video/audio coding formats like: HEVC/MPEG-H Part 2/H.265, MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.263, VC-1, Dirac, and more. While MPEG-4 is just one of them. Just like MP4, AVI is also a container and alomst covers any codec in this world.

How to Convert AVI File to MPEG4

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate | for Mac  is a blazing-fast, intuitive all-in-one media freeware which enables you to convert AVI to MPEG-4 by batch. Besides AVI, it also can convert MKV, MP4, FLV, TS, Tivo, etc to MPEG-4 with ease. "Drag-and-drop" feature is also supported. Just put the AVI files to the interface and then choose MPEG-4 format. Then you can finish the process. Even though you are not a tech-savvy preson, you can complete the task easily.

– Rip Bluray, DVD, ISO, BDMV folder and Video-TS folder to MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4.

– Allow you to adjust video and audio codec, bitrate, frame rate, sample rate, etc.

– Simple video editing software: trim, crop, merge, split, rorate, add subtitle, etc.

Free Download and Install, and follow the below steps to get this job done:

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Step 1: Load AVI files into the program.

Install and launch AVI to MPEG-4 Converter on your computer, click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" to load AVI files that has been transferred from your camcorder to computer local drive to the program. You can click the "Folder" button to batch load multiple AVI files into the program.


Step 2: Choose output file format.

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down list, select to output MPEG-4 according to your own needs.

Output MPEG-4 format

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all settings is over, hit right-bottom "Convert" button to start AVI to MPEG-4 conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, feel free to play, share and edit the AVI video on portable devices, video editing programs or video sharing sites.

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