How do I file to file that can be played on windows machine?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by NCEE2016, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. NCEE2016 macrumors newbie


    Mar 31, 2016

    So I recently converted a very old vhs tape for a family member to a digital file on my mac was going to burn it to a dvd which I have done before. She asked if I could send it to her in email so she can have it on her windows device. I am at a loss on how to actually convert the file. I have played around on vlc but am not really sure. If you have any suggestions on how to do it, that would be great.

  2. imaccooper macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2014
    North Carolina
    Best bet would be to convert to .mp4. You can play those pretty much anywhere. Haven’t messed with vlc in awhile but I would look for either export or convert buttons and choose .mp4. If you can’t finding it in vlc, iMovie will definitely do it. Just import the file, edit if needed and then export as file and choose .mp4.

    This method should also give you better compression to be able to email the file, though you may still need to use google drive or some other type of file transfer service depending on the size of the video.
  3. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    If it's not mp4 already, use Handbrake to convert. In all likelihood it will be too large to email (typically 50 MB limit). Use Dropbox and/or Google Drive, and share the file.
  4. Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    just try renaming it to .mp4. if it's already encoded in h264 then this might work. (.mp4 or .mov are just containers, often it's the file-/codec- type inside the container that counts). can't vlc playback .mov on windows anyway ?

    if you have to re-encode, i wouldn't use vlc for that. you have to know what you're doing and the results can be a mixed bag. i'd recommend handbrake.

    you don't need google drive or dropbox to share large files - just attach it to your mail in apple's mail program and use the built-in mail drop function. this automatically uploads files up to 5gb and shares a link that's valid for a month.
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I wouldn't recommend this; that'll "trick" it into opening with an MP4 player but it'll still be in QuickTime format. If it's in H.264 then try dropping it into Subler; that'll losslessly "repackage" it into a true MP4 file.

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