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The Shadowman
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I am a bit confused by the information given by MediaInfo.

I have a .MOV file that is being shown in MediaInfo as Mpeg4. There's probably a very good reason and I am wondering if anybody can tell me why.

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Carl312
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As with most Video files the file extension is just the name of the Container format.

You can have just about any format of video in any container. Best example is *.AVI.

In the case or your .MOV file with the MP4 content, you can very likey just rename *.MOV to *.MP4. Carl312: Windows 10 64-bit 8 GB RAM,AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz,ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB,240GB SSD,two 1TB HDs.

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The mov and mpeg-4 are containers which house the h.264 encoded material. See this article for an explanation: https://www.stellarinfo.com/blog/difference-between-mov-and-mp4/ .

Many mov files from digital cameras can be changed to mp4 files using svrt. Try this : place a mov file from a digial camera, not from a cell phone or canon brand camera on the timeline. Hit Alt-S on the keyboard and intelligent svrt canl show that it can be produced to mp4 (100%).

EDIT: Carl answered first while I was still typing.
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The Shadowman
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Quote The mov and mpeg-4 are containers which house the h.264 encoded material. See this article for an explanation: https://www.stellarinfo.com/blog/difference-between-mov-and-mp4/ .

Many mov files from digital cameras can be changed to mp4 files using svrt. Try this : place a mov file from a digial camera, not from a cell phone or canon brand camera on the timeline. Hit Alt-S on the keyboard and intelligent svrt canl show that it can be produced to mp4 (100%).

EDIT: Carl answered first while I was still typing.


Thank you, both.

I did try the Alt-S and yes, sure enough, it could be produced as MP4. The above link did make interesting reading - thank you again.

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Thanks for you help. I can use vlc to convert my mov. icod files. I have about 4tb of video like this to convert. What codec do you guys think I should convert to.

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The Shadowman
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Quote Thanks for you help. I can use vlc to convert my mov. icod files. I have about 4tb of video like this to convert. What codec do you guys think I should convert to.


Hello Rosie

Welcome to the forum

Can I suggest that you start a new thread with your question. This one has been solved and therefore, less likely to be looked at.



Once you have done that I am sure you will get loads of advice.

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