It can be a real pain when you spend a lot of time downloading, recording, or making a video that ends up being flagged as an unsupported video file type on some devices. To get around this, many people naturally just change the video file extension to whatever format their device supports. To be honest, this approach only works in rare cases and doesn't change the nature of the video itself, what's even worse is, it will probably corrupt the video.
To safely change a video file type, you have to figure out two common concepts of video processing:
1. Video transcoding: convert the video container and change the original encoding method.
2. Video remuxing: change the video container, but keep the actual encoding untouched.
I don't want to complicate things, next, I'll introduce how to change the file type of a video safely, easily and efficiently.
If you're still confused with the above abstract concepts, let's jump right to the simple solution. HD Video Converter Factory Pro is an entry-level video file type changer that help facilitate the conventional video conversion. It's a GUI-based application integrated with a rich set of features that allows you to download, edit, compress, and convert video without difficulty. Benefited from its intuitive and straightforward interface, it's quite simple to process video like a Pro even if you're a beginner. Now download this tool and check how to change a video file type below.
Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro, to change video file type, simply open "Converter". On the clean interface, click "Add Files" or "Add Video Folder" button to import all videos you want to change the file type. To make things easier, just drag and drop them into the interface. Depending on the file size and amount, all videos will be listed in the main workplace after a short while.
Tips: Apart from "Converter", there are 4 additional modules ("Downloader", "Recorder", "GIF Maker" and "Toolbox") available that provide you with different practical functions. If interested, optionally start your personal experience.
This program comes with a full list of 500+ common presets for your choice. Just click on the right-hand format profile to unfold all of them. To change video type to MP4, head over to "Video" category and select "MKV" profile right there.
Note: 500+ predefined presets are all well-organized and grouped by major video/audio formats and frequently-used devices. You can also change video type to MKV, MOV, AVI, etc. as well as other device-compatible formats without further settings required.
For advanced users, press "Parameter settings" button underneath the format profile to open a new window, where allows you to modify detailed parameters for both video and audio tracks.
BTW, if you want to change video file type without re-encoding, just check your video codec and change the video encoder as same as the original video codec. For example, if there is a MKV file encoded by H.264, just select MP4 profile and change the video encoder to H.264. That's how to change file type from MKV to MP4 without re-encoding, a.k.a. remux MKV to MP4, which makes the conversion super-fast.
All set? Click the inverted triangle icon on the bottom to specify a destination to save the converted files. Lastly, press the big "Run" button to start to change video file type. With GPU acceleration and batch mode enabled, it will enhance the real-time conversion speed and save time.
Rather than renaming the video file extension to get a prompt message "If you change a file name extension, the file might become unusable." with a possible risk of video damage, this guide provides a safe and surefire method to change the file type of a video readily and efficiently. Hope this post will is helpful to eliminate your confusion. If there is any question or problem, feel free to contact me via Facebook Messenger. Your thoughts would be appreciated!