Learn how to convert videos with the popular tool FFmpeg to the H.264 MP4 format. We provide a step-by-step guide which also covers opening a command prompt or terminal, navigating to the video folder, and running the conversion command. We also show you how to check the converted video to ensure that the conversion was successful.
Install FFmpeg (if not already installed):
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
brew install ffmpeg
Opening a Command Prompt or Terminal
Open a command prompt or terminal and navigate to the folder where the video you want to convert is located.
Running the Conversion Command
Run the following command to convert the video to the H.264 MP4 format:
ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -c:v libx264 -crf 20 -c:s copy -c:a copy output.mp4
input.mp4 with the name of your input file and
output.mp4 with the desired name of the output file.
Once the conversion is complete, the converted video should be found in the specified output path. Check the video to ensure that it was properly converted.