“I’m blind to video formats. I have some MKV files encoded in H.264, my friend asks me to convert them to MP4. I find that some videos encoded in H.264 are named in .mp4 as well. Is there any difference between H.264 and MP4 videos?”
Firstly, why some videos encoded in H.264 have the extension name of MP4? The person having little knowledge about video creating may be unable to exactly define them. H.264 is one of the video codes. The video files recorded with this code can be MKV, AVI, or MP4. As for the specific details, you can move to Part1. Now let’s answer the second question: can we convert between H.264 and MP4? The answer is affirmative. Draw the help of H.264 to MP4 converter; we can finish this work in steps. In Part2, here is the guidance to convert H.264 to MP4 with f2fsoft Video Converter.
The definition of H.264 and MP4
H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) is of the video frequently-used codec, also a compression for HD videos. Currently, it is taken as HD video format for HD TV, HD DVD, and Blu-ray.
MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14) is a digital multimedia container format. It is commonly used to store audio and video and can store other data like subtitles and still images in the single file. Besides, MP4 videos can be played on nearly all devices and shared on online video sites like YouTube. Usually, it needs video codec like H.264/HEVC/MPEG-4 and audio codec like AAC.
The difference between H.264 and MP4
From the definition above, we can discover that H.264 is a video compression codec while MP4 is a file container format. That’s to say, MP4 is one of the video containers to hold the video encoded by H.264. As what have mentioned, the video files encoded in H.264 may be MKV or AVI, both of which can’t directly be played on iPhone or Android. So the owners need to convert the videos. Generally, the resolution of MP4 converted from H.264 will be slightly reduced, but won’t affect the watching experience. What’s more, it is compatible with more devices.
Ok, after reading the information, let’s go to the guidance to convert the H.264 videos. Before the work, please download the H.264 to MP4 converter in advance.
Basic information about f2fsoft Video Converter:
2. Video editing program:Trim and merge videos into one; add extract audio tracks and subtitles; add image/video watermark for copyright protection; adjust video effects.
Step1: import H.264 videos
Run the video converter on the computer; load the videos from the local file by clicking Add File. Of course, you could directly drag the files to the program.
Step2: optionally edit videos
On the upper interface, there are three function buttons for you to edit the videos.
The Clip button is used to cut out unwanted parts of the video. Or you could leave the wanted parts and then merge them into one video.
Randomly pitch on the 3D or Edit button to enter the Edit page. At here, the program allows you to crop the video frame, apply the 3D effect and add watermark.
1. Move the yellow frame to leave the part you need.
2. Tick the Enable 3D Settings, and then you could choose to apply anaglyph or split the screen.
3. Move to Watermark, type the texts or pick one image for the watermark.
Step3: pick up output format of MP4
Move to Profile and pitch on the drop-down button to select MPEG-4 Video from General Video.
Then go to the Profile Settings to adjust the video resolution. By doing this, we can minimize the quality loss.
Step4: start to convert
As all settings are done, move the mouse to the bottom right corner and click Convert to begin the work.