WebM, an audiovisual file format, is widely accepted by HTML5 and Chromecast. Although it works with all modern browsers, like Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc., it can’t be played on Mac, Windows, or other devices. To solve this problem, you’d better change the WebM file to the most compatible video format - MP4. In this article, we will introduce how to convert WebM to MP4 on Mac and Windows.
Jump to the tools we tested and recommend for converting WebM file to MP4:
|Developed by||Google Inc||International Organization for Standardization|
|Video codec||VP9, VP8, AV1||H.265, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, MPEG-1|
|Audio codec||Vorbis, Opus||AAC, MP3, and more|
|Quality||High quality, but slightly inferior to MP4||Excellent|
|File size||Smaller than MP4||Small|
|Supported devices||Can't open on the computer, iPhone, iPad, etc. directly||Playable on all devices|
Based on the comparison table above, we can conclude that there are two key reasons for converting WebM to MP4: quality and compatibility.
Quality: WebM is designed for browsers or the Internet, so it has an advantage in compression ratios compared to MP4. Similarly, this will also cause WebM's video quality to be slightly inferior to MP4.
Compatibility: WebM is not supported by QuickTime, Windows Media Player, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, DaVinci Resolve, etc. As a universally adopted format, MP4 offers seamless compatibility with most devices/media players and requires very little disk space.
Cisdem Video Converter is an award-winning program that's able to batch convert WebM to MP4 on Mac and Windows with blisteringly speed. It supports conversions among a total of 350+ formats and 50+ codecs, such as MKV to AVI, MP4 to iPad, MOV to MP3, and YouTube to FLAC. Thanks to its high-end features, you can edit, merge or compress WebM before converting it to MP4.
Step 1. Add WebM files.
Simply drag and drop WebM files stored on your computer to Cisdem Video Converter. Multiple WebM videos can be added for batch conversion.
Step 2. Set the output format as MP4.
Open the format panel and select the desired category from the left sidebar. The MP4 output format is available in all categories except "General Audio". For example, you can navigate to “General Video” > “MP4”.
Also, you can save WebM as 4k MP4 by choosing a format from "4K Video". But the premise is that the WebM video you import is 4k, and the resolution is higher than or equal to the exported MP4.
In addition, there is an “Advanced Settings” window for adjusting file properties. Just click "gear" alongside the format you have selected to open it.
Step 3. Edit and enhance WebM videos before conversion. (optional)
Click the "Edit" icon to enter the window where you can add effects to the video, trim the video to get specific parts, etc.
Step 4. Mass convert WebM to MP4 on Mac or Windows.
When all the settings are done, click the convert button. The conversion process will not take too much time.
VLC and Handbrake have three characteristics in common: available on multiple platforms, including Mac and Windows; free and open-source utility; have a long history. Anyway, both of them are decent WebM to MP4 converters. The following is how to convert WebM to MP4 via the two freeware, taking the Mac platform as an example.
VLC includes a number of free decoding and encoding libraries including WebM, MKV, H.264, MPEG2, etc.
Unlike it on Windows, the Mac version will save the file to M4V after selecting MP4 as the output format. Although MP4 is basically the same as M4V, M4V videos are not uploaded to popular streaming sites such as YouTube.
Additionally, the constant problem encountered when using VLC to convert WebM to MP4, regardless of the system, is that the exported video loses sound.
Handbrake is quite a lightweight WebM to MP4 converter for Mac and Windows. It ensures that converting a video from wide codecs to .mp4/.m4v/.mkv/.webm. Prior to conversion, you can customize the video attributes.
However, there is a deficiency in converting large files, be prepared that it will fail to load and the process will take a long time. Also, Handbrake will drastically downgrade the video quality, especially if you have 3840x2160 4k WebM videos.
Chrome app is a web-hosted service that runs on the Google Chrome web browser. People who like to use Google plug-ins can try it.
There are several Chrome apps to convert WebM to MP4 on the Chrome web store, after testing, we finally chose Video converter online VideoConvertPlus. It supports converting WebM to output formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, MPG raw MPEG-1 video, WMV, GIF, OGG, and DVD MPEG-2 format. But it needs to wait 10 seconds to start using, and the speed of uploading WebM is slow.
If you don’t need a WebM to MP4 converter app or high-quality MP4 videos, you can straightly use a web-based converter without installing it.
Zamzar enables users to change WebM to MP4 through the Internet. It can also help you convert WebM to other different formats such as MKV, FLV, MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, GIF, WMV, etc. But you should be in a stable Internet connection environment, or you can’t enjoy the quick conversion online. Meanwhile, you are limited to 50 MB max file size for free, thus it doesn’t do well in converting large WebM like 4k WebM video.
FFmpeg is a very powerful command-line tool that can do anything for your video, like transcoding, editing, recording, extracting the audio, making animated GIFs out of the video, etc. It supports most industry-standard codecs and can convert WebM to MP4 or any format.
When turning WebM into MP4, FFmpeg has cleverly figured out the output streams as h264 (libx264) and AAC (native) and wraps them into an MP4 container. You don’t have to specify the stream or container type. If you just remux WebM file to MP4 by using the command “-c:v copy” and “-c:a copy”, your resulting MP4 video may still not be compatible with some MP4 players.
Adobe Media Encoder supports a long list of video formats, including 3GP, MOV, HEVC, ASF, AAF, etc. except WebM. To import WebM format in Adobe, a Premiere plug-in for WebM must be installed. You can try the WebM plugin created by Fnordware.
Video compression and conversion have become essential elements for many movie and music enthusiasts. To enjoy WebM videos on all devices, you need to convert them to MP4. The above shows how to convert WebM to MP4 in 3 different methods. Given the limitations of freeware and online WebM to MP4 converters, we’re more inclined to recommend professional tools.
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