5 Useful Tools to Convert MP4 to MPEG2 (Free Included)

Rosa Reyes
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How to convert MP4 to MPEG2? Can I do the MP4 video to MPEG2 conversion for free without watermark? Find the answers in this article.​

My version of Premier Elements can't import MP4 files. Has anybody any recommendations for a free MP4 to Motion JPEG converters? Thanks. I meant to say convert to MPEG 2. ― a question asked in a Tech Advisor forum

Although MP4 is a common and widely supported format, sometimes we still need to convert MP4 videos to other formats to be compatible with certain software or players. When it comes to conversion, there is more than one way to do it. Here shows you the best MP4 to MPEG2 converters for Mac and other platforms, as well as the step-by-step guide.

 

MPEG2 vs. MP4: when to convert MP4 to MPEG2

To know the difference between MPEG2 and MP4, we need to know what they are.

MPEG2 (or MPEG-2) is a common codec standard for lossy video and audio compression. Typical container formats that incorporate MPEG-2 compression are MPEG2 PS (.mpg) and MPEG2 TS (.ts). The former is used on DVD-Video discs and HD DVD videodiscs, and the latter is used in broadcast systems.

mpeg2

MP4 (or MPEG-4 Part 14) is a frequently used container format to store video, audio, subtitles, and other data. It's widely supported by video software, media players, and digital devices, but some devices and apps such as the older versions of Adobe Premiere Elements (which support MPEG2) do not support it.

In cases like this, you need to convert MP4 to MPEG2. We usually convert an .mp4 video to an .mpg video. The following parts of this article will show you how to convert.

The best MP4 to MPEG2 converter

Cisdem Video Converter for Mac is an excellent MP4 to MPEG2 converter that aims to make audio and video conversion at a super-fast speed. Apart from MP4 (h264/h265 + AAC) and MPG (MPEG2 + AC3), it supports a vast variety of input and output formats such as MKV, AVI, MOD, TOD, WMV, 3GP, M4V, WebM, MTS, VOB, etc. This is why you can use it to efficiently convert videos for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android phones, game console, tablet, media player, and so on. It can also work as a YouTube downloader, DVD ripper, basic video editor, and video combiner.

Step-by-step instructions on MP4 to MPEG2 conversion

Step 1Download and install Cisdem Video Converter on your Mac.

Free Download

Step 2Import MP4 files

Launch the application. Drag one or more MP4 files into this app.

load mp4

Step 3Select the output format

Click the format button like to open the format panel. Go to “General Video” and select the output format as:

  • MPEG Video
  • MPEG HD Video: Fix the resolution to 1280 * 720p. The resolution of the original video is preferably higher than or equal to 1280 * 720p.

output format

Plus, you can click the “gear” icon and adjust the video file parameters in the “Advanced Settings” window.

advanced settings

Step 4Edit the video (optional)

If you need to do some basic editing such as trimming, cropping, rotating, adding effects or subtitles, just click the Edit button.

video editing

Step 5Start converting MP4 to MPEG2

Click conversion icon button, and the conversion will start on Mac.

After the process is completed, you can click tick icon button to open the folder that contains the converted files.

Pros:

  1. Safe and Easy to use
  2. Quickly convert MP4 video to MPEG2
  3. Convert video codecs like MPEG2, H264 to MP4
  4. Convert 4K videos without quality loss
  5. Batch convert multiple files
  6. Other features: online video downloading, DVD ripping, video editing, etc.

Cons:

  1. Only available on Mac

How to convert MP4 to MPEG2 online for free (no watermark)

Can I convert MP4 to MPEG2 online without watermark? The answer is yes. This is a frequently asked question, which is based on the commonly known fact that many online tools watermark converted files. The good news is there are online MP4 to MPEG2 tools that don’t add watermark. They are available for all platforms such as macOS, Windows, Android, iOS, etc.

#1 Online-convert.com

Available in four languages including English, this is a totally free online conversion service that allows you to convert MP4 to a wide variety of other formats. In addition, it can also convert audios, documents, e-books and images. To access advanced features such as batch conversion, you need to become a premium user.

  1. Visit https://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-mpeg-2 in your browser.
  2. Upload MP4 videos to the online tool.
  3. Change video and audio settings. Note: mpeg2video codec has been selected by default.
  4. Click the “Start conversion” button.

After the conversion, the converted file will be automatically downloaded.

online-convert.com

Pros

  1. Free and no need to install
  2. Convert MP4 to MPEG2 free without watermark
  3. Support a few other output formats

Cons

  1. 100MB file limit for free users
  2. Convert up to 20 files per day and 5 files at a time
  3. Slow conversion speed

#2 Convertio.co

This is another online MP4 to MPEG2 converter without watermark. As an all-inclusive tool, it supports an array of conversion types such as video, audio, document, presentation, ebook, and more. It ensures you to import files from computer location, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

  1. Open https://convertio.co/mp4-mpeg2/ in your browser.
  2. Upload an MP4 file from your computer hard drive or cloud services such as Google Drive.
  3. Click the gearwheel icon and configure the video/audio settings.
  4. Click the “Convert” button.
  5. After the converting process is done, you need to download the converted video file to your computer.

convertio

Pros

  1. No need to pay and install
  2. Can transform MP4 to MPEG2 with no watermark
  3. Multiple output formats

Cons

  1. The maximum file size can’t exceed 100MB
  2. Allow 2 concurrent conversions only
  3. A bit slow

How to convert MP4 to MPEG2 using open-source software

Another way to convert MP4 to MPEG2 free is to use open-source software. The commonly used ones are HandBrake and VLC. Compared with the Cisdem Video Converter and online tools, they are a bit complicated to use. But if you have already installed one of the apps on your computer, you can try it out. Both tools have Mac and Windows versions.

#1 HandBrake

Converting an MP4 file to MPEG2 using HandBrake can be a bit complex. If you are not familiar with terms like codec, encoding, decoding, etc., you might get confused with this tool. Don’t worry. You can follow the steps below on how to do the conversion.

Pros

  1. Free to use
  2. Can convert MP4 files to MPEG2
  3. Multiple supported formats

Cons

  1. Not user-friendly
  2. Use a lot of CPU

Step 1. Open the app on your computer. Add an MP4 file by clicking the Open Source icon on the toolbar. You can also import the file by dragging and dropping.

Step 2. Click the Video tab which is on the right side of the Filters tab.

Step 3. From the Video Encoder dropdown list, select MPEG-2.

Step 4. Go to the bottom-left corner of the interface and find the Save As field. Change the file extension from .mp4 to .mpg.

convert mp4 to mpeg2 using handbrake

Step 5. Click Browse to select a location on your computer to save the converted video file.

Step 6. Click the Start button on the top toolbar. The conversion from MP4 to MPEG2 will start.

#2 VLC media player

Also known as VLC, this is another open-source app that can help you convert an MP4 video to MPEG-2 TS or PS. While it’s commonly used as a media player, it can actually work as a basic video converter with a few supported formats. We will take the macOS version as an example and show you how to use it to convert MP4 videos to MPEG2 on Mac.

Pros

  1. Free to use
  2. Can convert MP4 to MPEG2
  3. Can also transform MP4 videos to other common formats

Cons

  1. A bit complicated to use

Step 1. Open VLC. Drag an MP4 file into this app. Alternatively, you can add files by clicking the Open media button.

Step 2. Go to the menu bar on the top of the screen on Mac. Select File > Convert/Stream.

Step 3. The Convert & Stream dialog box will appear. In the Choose Profile section, select Custom. Click the Customize button.

Step 4. Under the Encapsulation tab, select MPEG-PS. Click Apply. Click Save as file.

convert mp4 to mpeg2 using vlc

Step 5. In the Choose Destination section, click Browse and choose an output location.

Step 6. Click the Save button to start the conversion.

Conclusion

There are different types of MP4 to MPEG2 converters available. You can choose one of them according to your need. If the video file is small in size, and converting MP4 videos to MPEG2 is not something that you do frequently, you can use an online tool. If you are passionate about video making, video editing and need to convert videos on a regular basis, it’s recommended to choose a professional and powerful video converter that supports a wide variety of formats.

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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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