It is necessary to convert a video to MPEG-2 format if you want to use the video on a DVD device or other specific platform. On this page, I will provide step-by-step guides on how to convert MP4 files to MPEG2 using three different tools. Without further ado, let's start!

Michelle Michelle | Updated on Dec 29, 2023

#1. Convert MP4 to MPEG2 with WonderFox Free Video Converter

WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory is a free but professional video converter that helps you with various video conversions. It supports almost all videos and provides more than 500 output formats and devices, such as MP4, MPG, MOV, iPhone, DVD, etc. At the same time, it also supports high-quality video conversion. The converter has a clean and simple interface and can complete any conversion in just a few clicks. Next, let's see how to use this software to complete the required conversion. DownloadDownload the freeware to get ready.

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Step 1. Import Video

Launch the software and open Converter. Click + Add Files to import or directly drag the MP4 video into the converter.

Import Video

Step 2. Select Output Format

Click the format icon on the right to open the output format list. Then select MPG under the Video tab. Next, go to Parameter settings and change the video encoder to MPEG2VIDEO.

Select Output Format

Step 3. Start Conversion

Lastly, click Run to start the conversion.

Tips. If you have multiple videos waiting to be converted, you can upgrade to the Pro version to batch convert them at once.

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Besides video conversion, this software can also help you:

• Convert audio to popular formats like MP3, WAV, M4A, OGG, etc.;
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#2. Convert MP4 to MPEG2 with VLC media player

VLC is a free and open source media player, but it is also often used as a video converter. Thanks to format support from FFmpeg, VLC can convert a variety of common and rare video files, including MP4-to-MPEG2 conversion. However, compared to the previous software, the VLC conversion process is a bit more complicated. Here are the specific steps on how to use VLC to make the conversion you want.

Step 1. Download and install VLC from

Step 2. Open VLC and on the top menu bar, click Media > Convert / Save... or press Ctrl + R on the keyboard to bring up the Open Media window.

Open Media

Step 3. Click + Add... to import your MP4 file into VLC. Then hit Convert / Save at the bottom of the interface to open the Convert window.

Add File

Step 4. Select Video - MPEG-2 + MPGA (TS) from the Profile drop-down list. Then click the next wrench icon to edit the selected profile. Under the Encapsulation tab, select MPEG-PS, then click Save.

Step 5. Click Browse to choose the destination folder and hit Start to begin the conversion.

Also Read: Fix VLC Convert No Audio

Convert MP4 to MPEG2 in VLC

#3. Convert MP4 to MPEG2 Online with Convertio

Online video converters like Convertio can also help you convert MP4 to MPEG2. Just upload your video, choose the output format, start conversion, and then download the converted video to your device. The whole process is very easy and smooth. However, please note that Convertio does not support files larger than 100MB. If you need to convert larger files, you'll need to pay. Without further ado, let’s take a look at how to use Convertio to convert videos:

Step 1. Visit Convertio MP4-to-MPEG2 Converter.

Step 2. Click Choose Files to upload your MP4 video from your local drive or import the source file from Dropbox or Google Drive.

Step 3. Click Settings (gearwheel icon) to adjust output settings if needed. Then click Convert to start the conversion.

Step 4. When the conversion is completed, click Download to save the converted file to your computer.

Convert MP4 to MPEG2 in Convertio

Comparison of the Three Tools


WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory


VLC Media Player

Ease of Use



A little complicated

Supported Output Formats

500+ video/audio formats and devices

73 video/audio formats

Almost all common video/audio formats




Crashes sometimes

Max Video Size

No limit


No limit






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Now, choose the tool that suits you best and start converting. If you found this article helpful, please feel free to share it with your friends. Thanks for reading!


1. MP4 vs MPEG2

MP4 and MPEG2 are both Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) standards for processing video and audio data. MPEG2 is an old encoding method mainly used in DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) and DVD. Videos encoded in MPEG2 usually have a .mpg or .mpeg extension. Unlike MPEG-2, MP4 or MPEG-4 Part 14 is a newer and more efficient video format used to store video and audio streams, and is commonly used on the Internet and portable devices.

2. How long does it take to convert MP4 to MPEG-2?

Depending on your device specifications and the size and length of the MP4 file, conversion time may take anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours.

3. Does converting MP4 to MPEG-2 reduce quality?

Yes. Since MPEG-2 is a lossy format, converting videos to MEPG-2 will inevitably result in a loss of quality. But with the three tools here, you can choose to maintain quality so you won't notice obvious quality drop.

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