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Legitimate and Credible Method to Convert MLT to MP4

Author by Kevincy Berel

Dec 19, 2019

A file format with .mlt extension may be unfamiliar to most people, definitely, I was at a loss when I received a request for technical assistance from a customer. Therefore, after careful and detailed investigation, I found that many people fell into a misunderstanding. It is necessary to take this opportunity to clarify the fact for purpose of avoiding detours. Also, I'll show you how to convert MLT to MP4 in the right way.

Q: How do you convert a .mlt file? I want to upload a video on YouTube with a .mlt file but it doesn't work and I don't know how to convert it to the right status. - from Google Community Forum YouTube Help

A: That's because the .mlt file is not a real video file, but a proprietary project file generated by Shotcut Video Editor in XML format. It only records your source file locations, profile descriptions, transitions and other edits in progress. Not surprisingly, this is actually quite common, especially for the beginners on video editing . In the next paragraph, I'll elaborate how to convert MLT file to MP4 video format.

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Tips: MLT file saves the detailed editing information on your own local drive. If your MLT file is shared by someone or downloaded from internet, you may fail to open the MLT file since all of the original file paths and settings have been changed.

How to Convert MLT to MP4 in Shotcut Video Editor

People are accustomed to clicking "Save" or "Save as" to create their video works, but in Shotcut, it'll produce a project MLT file. As I said, MLT file is exclusive to Shotcut Video Editor, so there is no any third-party software can open and convert MTL file. DO NOT waste your time finding those impractical and exaggerated tools, Shotcut is the ONLY MLT to MP4 converter. Now let’s see how to import and render MLT file to MP4 video.

MLT File ConverterMLT File Converter

Step 1. Run Shotcut Video Editor. Click "File" on the menu bar and select either "Open File" or "Open MLT XML As Clip" to import your MLT file.


Step 2. Shotcut will read and restore all your work processes since the last editing status, so that you're able to go ahead with your editing as you wish, such as add effects, transitions or other elements, etc.

Shotcut Save as MP4Shotcut Save as MP4

Step 3. After done, make sure you press "Export" button on the Quick Access Toolbar or "File > Export Video", rather than "Save" or "Save As". Then, it will show some presets formats on the left. Choose "Default", it will acquiescently convert MLT to MP4 (H.264/AAC) video that is compatible with most players and devices as well as YouTube. For experienced user, you can choose your desired profile or go to Advanced window to customize your user-defined settings, for instance, change video resolution, adjust video bit rate and so forth.


Step 4. Finally, hit "Export File" button, specify the video name and destination to save the MP4 file. After a while, you’ll find the real video file in the output folder.

At last...

Now you’ve got a MLT to MP4 converter and figured out how to export video from Shotcut. You see, by taking advantage of a proven and effective method, it's not a problem at all. If this tutorial deserves a thumb-up from you, just tweet, like and share it via your social media.

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