How to Edit an Mp4 Video

Have you downloaded some MP4 videos from the internet that you would like to edit but don't know which programs to use? Don't worry, there are several to choose from, all very simple to use and working even on not very powerful computers. The cost? Zero euros, they are 100% free (or almost).

Now I recommend some of the best, explaining quickly how to edit an MP4 video exploiting them. In no time at all, you will learn how to cut and merge videos, rotate them in various directions and apply various effects to them to improve their quality.

How do you say? What you were interested in understanding is how to convert your movies to a different format? Don't worry, I had already thought of this too. In the second part of the guide, in fact, you will find indicated resources used for this purpose. But now just chat and let's take action. I wish you, as usual, happy reading and I wish you a very big good luck for everything. Are you ready?

How to Edit MP4 Video on PC

You are interested in understanding what plans you have on your side to succeed edit an MP4 video su PC? Then immediately test those used for the purpose that I have reported to you right below. I'm sure they will satisfy you.

Windows 10 Photo

Stai using Windows 10, the first tool I invite you to consider to edit your MP4 videos is the application Photos. It is pre-installed on all PCs based on the latest version of the Microsoft operating system and, in addition to allowing you to manage and edit images, as the name implies, it also allows you to make changes and video montages.

To use it in this way, right-click on the MP4 file you want to edit and select the items Open with and then that Photos from the context menu that appears. In the Photos window that will open on the desktop, click on the menu Edit and create located at the top right and choose the option Create a video with text (if you want to make a video montage) or the voice Cuts (if you just need to trim the footage).

As for the video montage, type the name you want to assign to the project, click on the button OK and use the onscreen buttons to make any necessary changes. For example, you can apply coloring filters to the image by clicking on the button filters, add captions by pressing the button Text, you can insert three-dimensional effects by pressing the button Effetti 3D and so on.

When finished, click the button Save to OneDrive located at the top to save the video on the OneDrive cloud storage service or, if you prefer to save the edited video on your computer, click on the button Export and share, indicate the quality of the video to be exported and wait for the procedure to be started and completed.

Regarding the trimming function, however, move the white dots on the play bar to set the start and end point of the clip. Then click on the entry Save with name at the top and select the folder in which to save the output file. That's all!

Avidemux

Another great tool you can appeal to is Avidemux. Haven't you ever heard of it? No problem, let's fix it right away. It is an open source program for editing movies that allows you to edit all major video file formats in a very intuitive way. It is free and in addition to Windows it can also be used on macOS and Linux.

To download it to your PC, visit the program download page on the website of SourceForge and click your bottone Download Latest Version present at the top.

A scaricamento ultimato, is stai using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and click on the button Yes in the window that appears on the desktop. Next, click on the buttons Next e I Agreeanchor your Next three more consecutive times and on the buttons install e Finish, to complete the installation process and start the program.

Now that the program window is displayed on the screen, click on the icon folder located at the top left to open the MP4 video to edit and get to work!

Using the buttons A e B placed at the bottom you can create selections to delete the excess scenes of the video, while through the drop-down menus Output video e Output audio located on the left you can set the video and audio codecs in which to encode the video. By clicking on the button filters (always on the left) you can, however, apply lots of filters to the movie. Among them, there are some to resize the video, rotate it in various directions, improve its quality and much more.

Once you've made all the necessary changes to your footage, choose from the drop-down menu Container output the voice MP4 Muxer, click on the button with the floppy disk located at the top left and, finally, on the button Save to save the changes made.

For even more detailed information about all the various features of Avidemux, I refer you to reading my guides on how to edit a video, how to turn a 90-degree video, how to cut scenes from a video and how to join two parts of a film as well as of my specific tutorial on how to use Avidemux.

How to Edit MP4 Video on Mac

Stai using a Poppy and would you like to understand how to edit MP4 video if so? Then try now the ad hoc resources that I have indicated below. You will see, you will not regret it.

QuickTime Player

If you are using a Mac, you can first edit an MP4 video by taking advantage of QuickTime Player, the default macOS media player which - not everyone knows - includes many functions dedicated to basic video editing. In fact, it allows you to cut videos, rotate them, merge them and perform other operations in such a simple way that you will be surprised.

To use it, call the program by clicking on its icon that you find attached to the folder OtherLaunchpad. Alternatively, you can start the program using Spotlight, Siri or from the folder Applications.

From the window that opens, select the MP4 video you are interested in, go to the window and start using the functions in the menu. Modification. For example, to change the orientation of an MP4 file, just select an option from Rotate to the right, Turn left, Speculating o Upside down, based on the result you want to achieve.

To merge two videos, however, simply open one and drag the other into the player window while to divide it you need to select the item Cut out, always present in the menu Composition.

Once you have made all the necessary changes, save your edited MP4 movie by choosing the item Save from the menu Fillet. If, on the other hand, you want to save it using a different quality, select the items File> Export and make your choice from the menu that appears.

Find more details on all the procedures just mentioned in my guides on how to rotate a video on Mac, how to edit a video on Mac and how to trim a video on Mac.

iMovie

Another tool you can rely on to edit MP4 video on Mac is iMovie. It is an application developed directly by Apple for its users through which you can create and edit movies. It is suitable for both "home" and professional use. It is pre-installed on all the computers of the recent generation “bitten apple” and otherwise it can be downloaded for free from the Mac App Store.

To use it, recall the application by tapping on the relative icon attached to the Launchpad. Alternatively, launch it via Spotlight, Siri or dalla cartella Applications of macOS. Next, click on the button Create new and choose the type of video you want to create from Footage (to make a custom video) or Trailer (to create a Hollywood-style video using preset templates) from the menu that opens.

Regardless of the choice made, the iMovie work environment will be immediately available in front of you with a timeline at the bottom, the media files at the top left, a player at the top right to preview the project and a series of tools for applying effects, edits, and more.

To import the MP4 video to edit, click on the freccia rivolta verse il basso located at the top left and select the device and folder where the file is saved. Then point to the reference movie and click on the button Import everything. You will find it later in the section Multimedia files on the left side of the program screen.

Once the import is complete, drag the movie to the timeline below and proceed with editing the video using the tabs Audio, Titles, Wallpapers e Transitions placed at the top, choosing the elements you want to add to the movie, dragging them down and making all the necessary customizations.

If, on the other hand, you want to cut the video, apply a slow motion effect and make various other changes, take advantage of the items attached to the menus at the top left.

To save your movie, click on 'sharing icon (Quella with the rectangle and the arrow) located at the top right and select one of the options available for export from the menu that appears.

For more information, you can read my general guide on how to use iMovie and my in-depth posts on how to trim a video with iMovie, how to overlay two videos with iMovie, how to slow down a video with iMovie, how to rotate a video with iMovie and how to dub. with iMovie.

How to Edit an MP4 Video Online

You don't want or can't download new programs to your computer and would like to know if it is possible to edit an MP4 video online? The answer is yes. Therefore, use one of the Web services that you find indicated below and within a few minutes you will succeed in your intent without the slightest problem.

KapWing

The first online service that I want to invite you to try to perform the operation object of this guide is KapWing. It is a Web resource that allows you to edit MP4 movies (and not only) at 360 ° by acting directly from the browser window. It allows you to upload files with a maximum weight of 25 MB and it's free. Note, however, that it applies a watermark to the exported video that can be removed by paying 6 dollars on the single file or by signing up for an unlimited subscription at a cost of 20 dollars / month. Another thing to note is that the service does not provide clear information on how long the uploaded files remain stored on its servers, so use it bearing in mind that your videos may remain stored on the site's servers (which is not exactly ideal for what concerns the privacy issue).

That said, to use KapWing connect to the home page of the service and click on the button Click to upload to upload the movie from your computer. Alternatively, drag it directly into the browser window. Then, wait for the upload procedure to start and complete.

Once the upload is complete, you will be shown the service editor. Choose, therefore, which operations to perform by moving to the correct point of the video, using the progress bar at the top, clicking in a point of the screen where there are no buttons (to deselect the video) and using the buttons you see appear in bottom to add text, images, to resize the file and to make various other changes. 

If, on the other hand, you want to trim the video, select it again and click the button Trim placed at the bottom. Next to it you will also find useful buttons to activate or deactivate the volume, to change the playback speed and to make other changes to the file structure. 

When you have finished editing your movie, click the button Publish located at the top right, wait for the project to be processed and download a copy to your computer by clicking on the button Download.

Clipchamp

As an alternative to the above service, you can consider using Clipchamp. It is another online editor at no cost thanks to which it is possible to edit videos via browser using the various tools available and which does not set particular limits as regards the weight of the files to be uploaded. Note that the service allows you to export videos only in 480p resolution. To get around this limit, you need to take out a monthly subscription starting at $ 6. Furthermore, the videos are not uploaded to the company's servers, which protects users from any privacy risks.

To use Clipchamp, go to the home page of the service and click on the button Sign up, select the option Personal present in the box Let’s get started with Create and, in the new page opened, select one of the available options to create your account on the site.

Once registered and logged in, click on the option Skip for now to access the Clipchamp editor and press the buttons Add media e Browse my files to select and upload the video you are interested in taking action.

Then, drag the imported movie into the Clipchamp timeline, select it and click on the tab related to the changes you want to make: Transform (to trim the video, rotate it etc.), Colour (to change the colors), Volume (to intervene on the audio), Filters (to apply filters) or Fade In / Out (to apply a fade effect).

Once the changes are complete, click on the button Export video placed in the upper right corner twice in a row, in order to start processing the movie and download it to your computer.

How to Convert MP4 Video to AVI

You are interested in understanding how to convert MP4 video to AVI, one of the most popular formats for movies? Then rely on the ad hoc resources that you find listed below. It's not difficult at all, don't worry.

Adapter (Windows / MacOS)

The first among the programs to convert your MP4 videos to AVI (but also other formats) that I want to invite you to consider is Adapter. It is a free software for Windows and macOS thanks to which it is possible to convert and compress videos. It supports numerous file formats, both inbound and outbound, has a pleasant user interface translated into Italian and is easy to use.

To download it, visit the program's website and click on the button Download Adapter located at the top of the page.

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Yes. Then press the buttons OK e Next, select the voice I accept the agrement and click on the button again Next (six times in a row). Finally, click the buttons install e Finish. During the installation procedure they will be downloaded and installed as well FFMPEG (essential for the program to work) e VLC (the famous multimedia player I told you about in detail also in my guide on the subject).

Se, invece, stai using MacOS, april il package .dmg ottenuto, trascina l 'Adapter icon in the folder Applications, right click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears, in order to start the program, bypassing the limitations that Apple applies to applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start). Again, you will be offered the download of FFMPEG.

Once the main Avidemux window is displayed on the screen, drag over it the MP4 video you want to convert, click on the menu at the bottom, select the item Video, That General is that Custom AVI.

If you feel it is necessary to make further changes to the characteristics of the final file, click on the button with thegear located at the bottom right and use the items and options you find in correspondence with the sections Video, Resolution, Audio etc. on the right. Finally, click on the button Convert located at the bottom and waits for the conversion procedure to be started and completed.

By default, the final file is saved in the same location as the original file. If you want to change this behavior, go to the tab Custom of the section Directory on the right, click the button KATEGORIEN and choose the destination folder you prefer.

Any Video Converter (Windows/macOS)

Any Video Converter is another good software that you can use to convert your MP4 movies to AVI (and other video formats). It's free, works on both Windows and macOS and also allows you to create videos compatible with smartphones and tablets, consoles and various other devices.

You ask me what to do to be able to use it? I'll point it out to you right away. If you are using Windows, visit this page of the program's website and click on the button free Download. Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and click on the buttons Yes, Install now e Start now in the window that is shown to you on the screen. If during the setup you are asked to install extra programs, please decline the offer as they are not useful for the operation of Any Video Converter.

Se, invece, stai using MacOS, visit this other web page and click on the button free Download. Afterward, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'program icon in the folder Applications. Then right click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears, in order to open the program, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

Once the Any Video Converter window appears, drag and drop your MP4 movie you want to convert onto it, select the format REVIEWS from the appropriate drop-down menu and click on the button Converted (Windows) located at the top or on what Convert Now (on macOS) located at the bottom. By default, the converted videos are saved in the folder Video > Any Video Converter on Windows and in that Movies your macOS.

To define a different output location, if you are using Windows click on the button with thegear located in the upper right part of the program window, on the button Shop by Department next to the item Set destination folder and select the folder to save the final format from there. On macOS go to the menu Any Video Converter > Preferences top left, click the button [...] and set the output folder from the screen that is shown to you.

If you prefer to modify the parameters yourself before starting the video conversion procedure, on Windows you can do this by expanding the tabs on the left, while on macOS you have to click on theoutput format icon present next to the title of the video, then you have to use the drop-down menus available.

How to Edit MP4 Video on Smartphones and Tablets

Editing an MP4 video is, as I told you, what can also be done by smartphones and tablets. To do this, just resort to the use of the right apps, as in the case of those that I have indicated and explained to you below. There are both for Android that for iOS. Good fun!

ActionDirector (Android)

You are using a smartphone or tablet Android and are you looking for an app through which you can edit your videos in MP4 format? Then I advise you to try ActionDirector. It is a free application created by CyberLink, a well-known company known for the development of video and photo editing software, thanks to which it is possible to edit videos by adding various decorative elements. Note that it offers in-app purchases (starting at 4,29 euros / month) to remove the watermark that is applied to processed movies and to unlock other extra features.

To download it on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install. Then start the app by pressing the button apri appeared on screen.

Now that you see the main screen of the application, press the button Modification and select the video of your interest from the device gallery by clicking on the icon [+] placed next to it. Then, tap on the button with the symbol of check to start editing the movie.

Press, therefore, on the buttons at the bottom and choose the type of operation you want to carry out. For example, to add a caption, press the Title button, to add stickers, tap the button Stickers, to cut the video press the button Modification and so on.

When the changes are complete, tap on the item produce at the top right, select the resolution you want to assign to the movie and tap the button Start to start exporting the video to the device memory. Et voila!

iMovie (iOS)

In addition to macOS, iMovie it is also available in a mobile version, for iPhone and iPad. The application allows you to do the same operations that can be performed from Mac for good or bad. In addition, even in this case the app is pre-installed on all recent iOS devices, but in any case it can be downloaded for free from the App Store .

To use iMovie, press on its icon located on the home screen and tap the button Create progetto present in the main screen of the application that is shown to you. Next, tap on the option Footage (to start from an empty project) or on that Trailer (to use one of the predefined templates available).

Then press the button [+] to choose your MP4 video from the device library and import it to iMovie timeline. Alternatively, select the option iCloud Drive to import the movie from iCloud.

At this point, to edit the video or add effects to it, press the button with the gear wheel which is located at the bottom right and choose whether to add a filter to the project or apply a theme.

If, on the other hand, you want to cut the video, increase or decrease its playback speed, add text and make other structural changes, tap on the clip on the timeline and use the tools you see appear below depending on the operation you intend to perform .

When you are finished editing, to export the movie tap on the item end at the top left, select the share icon (the one with the rectangle and the arrow) and choose one of the available options from the menu that is shown to you.

VideoShow (Android/iOS)

Another application that in my humble opinion you would do well to consider is Video show. It is, in fact, a free resource for Android and iOS thanks to which, in fact, it is possible to edit videos in various formats by acting directly from the mobile. Note that it applies a watermark to the processed videos that can be removed through in-app purchases (at the base cost of 1,09 euros), which also allow you to unlock other additional features.

To download it on Android, visit the relative section of the Play Store and award your bottone Install. To download the app on iOSinstead, connected to the relevant section of the App Store, tap the button Ottieni / Installa and authorize the download via Face ID, touch ID o password. Then, regardless of the platform used, click on the button apri visible on screen to start the app.

Next, tap on the button Agree to accept the conditions of use of the service, follow the short introductory tutorial proposed, press the button Starton that one Edit video and select the MP4 movie you want to edit by taking it from the gallery of your device.

Now that you see the editor screen, feel free to make your favorite changes to the video using the onscreen controls. Below you will find the sections theme, sound, Edit clips e modified for and the relative buttons to apply filters, transition effects, audio effects and so on. At the top, however, you can preview the video.

Once the changes are complete, press on share button (the one with the square and the arrow) located at the top right, choose the quality in which to save the final file and wait for the video to be processed. The video will then be saved to your device roll. Eventually, you can then share it or import it into other apps via the next screen.