Videos make up so much of the content we consume these days. Whether they’re for entertainment, interest, or education, videos are a part of our daily life. But there’s nothing worse than sitting down to watch a video and realizing the file is in the wrong format for your device.
Thankfully, video converters take the hassle out of viewing various video files and enable you to convert them into a variety of formats. This means you can view virtually any file yourself and can convert files to the correct format before sending to friends or colleagues.
In this post, we reveal our favorite video converters for Mac users. We’ll go into detail below, but if you’re in a rush and just want to know our top picks, here’s the list.
Best video converters for Mac:
- VideoProc: The best video converter software for Mac. A robust tool with a ton of features, including pro editing functionality. Comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Allavsoft Video and Music Downloader: Provides quick, high-quality conversions and downloads from a range of sites.
- Wondershare UniConverter: User-friendly tool that provides quality conversions and includes a disc burner.
- DivX Converter: Reasonably priced with decent speeds and lots of features.
- 4K Video Downloader: Easily-navigable interface with an exceptional amount of features, including subtitle extraction and automated downloading from playlists.
- Aimersoft Video Converter: Offers a ton of preset profiles in an easy-to-use interface.
- iDealshare VideoGo: This software comes with a solid selection of editing tools and allows for batch conversion.
- Movavi Video Converter: A fast video converter that doesn’t compromise on quality.
- Any Video Converter: Offers a decent free version and can handle up to 4K resolution.
- HandBrake: A completely free software that offers a suite of editing tools.
- Leawo Video Converter: Lots of presets and editing functionality but have to pay extra for some features.
If you’re a Windows user, you can head over to our article dedicated to the best video converters for Windows.
Best video converters for Mac
Here’s our list of the best video converters for Mac:
VideoProc is a lightweight tool by Digiarty, and it tops our list of the best video converters for MacOS. You can download a free trial version of this software, but you’ll have to pay an annual subscription fee to use it for any video longer than five minutes.
Having to pay for conversion software isn’t all bad though. It means you don’t have to contend with in-app ads and upsells, and you get advanced features you wouldn’t find in free converters. Plus, VideoProc’s price tag is fairly low, and we definitely think it’s worth it.
Although VideoProc is lightweight, it doesn’t hold back on performance. GPU hardware acceleration means you get fast conversion speeds, plus video quality is excellent. This converter is especially popular with GoPro users as it has a few features that specifically enhance the GoPro conversion process. Deshake and denoise tools will help you immensely in quickly refining your raw footage. Additional tools include split, trim, slip, merge, fisheye correction, subtitles, and snapshot, among others.
Although the VideoProc feature has plenty of options, it’s very straightforward to navigate, making it suitable for beginners and advanced users. It can handle over 70 input formats including MOV, MP4, MP3, and AVI, and offers a huge choice of pre-configured profiles. Need 4K conversions? No problem. In fact, VideoProc can even handle 8K resolution. This software also comes in a Windows version.
Price: You can try out VideoProc for free (including the recording feature), but you can only convert five minutes worth of video at a time. To use the full version on one Mac for one year, you’ll pay $29.95. You can also save at least 50% by using the coupon on VideoProc Lifetime license.
- Excellent speeds
- Convert 8K video
- Easy-to-use application
- No annoying ads
- Deshake and denoise features for GoPro
- Video recorder included
- Free trial is limited to five-minute videos
Allavsoft is first and foremost a video downloader, but it comes with a robust converter too. This allows you to download videos from virtually anywhere (Allavsoft is compatible with over 1,000 sites, such as YouTube, Daily Motion, and Spotify) and quickly convert them. It works with both video and audio, and a batch downloading option makes swift work or obtaining multiple files.
The Mac client isn’t as sleek as some of its counterparts, but it’s simple to navigate and has the option to switch languages. There are a dozen to choose from including Portuguese, German, and Finnish.
The no-cost version of Allavsoft is one of the best free video converters for Mac available. It lets you download up to five files and convert and merge any video shorter than five minutes. Allavsoft works with plenty of formats including WMV, MP4, AVI, MKV, and MOV. 4K video is supported.
This tool works as a video to audio converter and includes lots of preset profiles to help with this and other specific conversion tasks. Extras include a player for easy preview and playback and a screen recorder. Unfortunately, there are no editing options included except for the ability to merge clips.
Allavsoft is also available for Windows.
Price: The free tool could be a good fit for some but it sets limits on the number of downloads and length of conversions. A paid plan currently costs $19.99 (regularly $29.99) per month which is quite pricey. However, an annual plan is very reasonable at $29.99 (usually $49.99), and you can get a lifetime subscription for $59.99 (usually $99.99). A 30-day money-back guarantee is included.
- Converts quickly
- Lots of format options
- Downloads from over 1,000 sites
- Solid free version
- Handles 4K video
- Doesn’t come with editing tools
Wondershare UniConverter is a premium video converting software that provides high quality and fast speeds. Aside from giving you a superior conversion process and final product, opting for a paid tool means you won’t have to deal with ads or upsells.
This easy-to-use service offers quick conversions and use of a downloader, screen recorder, and disc burner. It ships with advanced editing tools appeasing more experienced users.
Wondershare lets you choose from 35 video formats, including MOV, MP3, MPEG, and MP4, and can handle 4K conversions. If you don’t know what settings to use, not to worry, as there are more than 150 pre-configured device profiles to choose from.
You can try Wondershare UniConverter by using the free trial version. This will give you a feel for how the interface works, but you can’t do a whole lot with it. It will only allow you to convert one-third of your video, and the conversion process will be slower than when using the paid software. Recording and downloading video are limited and you won’t have access to premium features such as the ability to burn to disc.
Wondershare is a good option if you tend to switch devices because it’s available for Windows too.
Price: The Wondershare UniConverter free trial is limited so you’ll need to pay before you can really use the platform. A one-year license for one PC costs $59.95 and a lifetime license for one PC is $59.95. Other plans are available for families, businesses, students, and educators.
- Fast conversions
- Quality output
- Includes disc burner
- Handles 4K conversions
- No upsells or ads
- More expensive than some rivals
- Free version is limited
DivX Converter offers both a functional free version and a paid option. However, if you go with the free option, you’ll have to deal with a bombardment of upsells trying to get you to upgrade to the Pro tool. Additionally, when installing the software, you’ll be prompted to install other items, including Media Server, DivX Player, DivX Web Player, and Avast Antivirus. It’s easy, however, to opt out of these installations by unchecking their respective boxes.
So what do you get with each version? The free software is easy to use and provides a decent experience, with solid speeds, quality output, and up to 4K resolution. The one downside is you don’t have very many format options to choose from, although there are still more than a dozen, including MOV, MP3, AVI, and MP4. Additional formats come with the Pro version, along with better speeds, additional profiles, and more custom settings.
If you decide to upgrade, there are two ways you can go about it. Either select the Pro package, which gives you access to all additions, or buy individual features separately. These include a Video Pack (which lets you convert VC-1 and MPEG-2 files) and Cloud Connect (a feature that enables you to sync videos from Dropbox and Google Drive). There’s also a DTS-HD Plug-In, a DFX Audio Enhancer, and an option to eliminate ads.
DivX Converter is also available for Windows.
Price: Although the free version comes with ads and upsells, you’ll never have to pay a penny for it and it does work well. Add-ons are available at a range of prices, but the full Pro version will set you back $19.99, which isn’t bad.
- A very usable free version
- Lots of options come with Pro version
- Decent speeds
- Quality output
- Price for paid version is reasonable
- Up to 4K resolution
- No 64-bit version
- Installs additional software
4K Video Downloader is a straightforward video download tool that has enough additional features to make its name misleadingly simple. Available for macOS 10.13 or later, this tool starts with an always-free option that does not restrict the size or quality of your video downloads.
The biggest boon to using 4K Video Downloader compared to other tools is not having to pay anything to download full videos in high-quality 4K (as the name suggests). The free option does have limits, though, that includes how many single video downloads you can make in a day (30), the number of videos per playlist you can add (10), the number of videos per channel you can download (5), and the number of videos you can download simultaneously (1).
As with other video converters, the speed of the conversion will depend on the video quality you use and, when downloading from online for conversion, your available bandwidth. For example, we were able to download and convert into 4K 1080p MP4 a nearly 1.5-hour movie from Youtube in under 5 minutes with a 140 Mbps down connection.
Unfortunately, the available formats available through 4K Video Downloader are extremely limited. For video, you can download to MP4 or MKV. For audio, your only options are MP3, M4A, or OGG. As well, you cannot use this tool to convert videos you already have on your Mac into other file formats. It’s almost exclusively for downloading videos from online sources, with an emphasis on YouTube.
Price: The company that produces 4K Video Downloader, Open Media OOO, also sells Personal ($15) and Pro ($45) licenses for the free tool. These are one-time payments that turn the existing limits to unlimited while also unlocking additional functionality, such as in-app YouTube channel subscriptions, high-quality audio for YouTube video downloads, simultaneous downloads, and an ad-free experience.
- Complete free for all time
- Does not limit video length
- Can download from multiple sites
- Offers interest features, including automated downloading of new videos from YouTube channels
- Only supports two video file formats and three music file formats
- No options for converting stored videos into different formats
Aimersoft provides a modern, intuitive interface that’s ideal for beginners. While it’s on the pricier side, it does provide very high-quality output and fast file conversion. As with most of these converters, you get what you pay for.
That being said, the selection of editing tools don’t match up to the offerings of some competitors. Features include dozens of video formats (including MP4, MP3, AVI, MOV, MPEG), up to 4K resolution, and more than 125 preset profiles. You can burn to disc and download online video. Aimersoft is also available for Windows.
As with most paid options, you won’t have to deal with ads, upsells, or prompts to install additional software.
A free version of Aimersoft allows you to convert one-third of a video and download five files from the internet. It also lets you record videos from sites, but the length is limited. The paid version gives you unlimited downloading and recording, and 30 times faster video conversions.
Price: Aimersoft costs $29.95 for an annual subscription for one PC. A lifetime subscription is $35.95. This isn’t cheap but it’s a slightly better deal than some others.
- Lots of preset profiles
- Great quality video
- Excellent speeds
- Burn to disc (paid version)
- Can convert 4K
- Price is quite high
- Free version isn’t really usable
iDealshare VideoGo could be a great choice if you need a fast, easy-to-use software with minimum fuss. Although it’s a little dated, the intuitive interface will have you converting within minutes.
iDealshare VideoGo activates Nvidia GPU hardware acceleration where available so you can be sure of speedy conversions with no quality loss. The software can handle a wide range of input and output video and audio formats, including AVI, MOV, MP4, and MP3.
Need to convert multiple files? iDealshare VideoGo supports batch conversion. There’s also a built-in downloader that enables you to easily grab audio or video files from YouTube. Unfortunately, there’s no built-in screen recorder.
If you need to edit videos before or after conversions, this software offers a selection of tools. These include crop, trim, merge, split, flip, rotate, watermark, subtitles, effects, brightness adjust, and more. However, some advanced features are missing, such as deshake and denoise.
iDealshare VideoGo is also available for Windows.
Price: You can use the trial version of iDealshare VideoGo for as long as you like. The paid version is currently on sale for $29.99 per year or $49.99 for a lifetime license.
- Lots of format options
- Convert files in batches
- Ample selection of editing tools
- Supports 4K
- Fast speeds and high quality
- Length limits in free version
- Could have more editing tools
Movavi Video Converter is a paid tool that provides a clean, intuitive interface and an excellent user experience. Conversions are fast, output quality is high, and you can opt for up to 4K resolution. Plenty of pre-configured profiles are available, and you can choose from over 180 formats.
Editing tools come bundled with the application, but if you need advanced tools, you can purchase Movavi’s separate video editing package.
You can try out this service by taking advantage of a seven-day free trial. You won’t have full access to the software as you’ll only be able to convert the first half of a given video file, but you can get a feel for its usability and performance. While using the free trial version, you’ll have to put up with multiple reminders to purchase the full license. The paid version, as expected, is ad-free. Installation of Movavi doesn’t come with requests to install any additional pieces of software.
Movavi Video Converter is available for both MacOS and Windows.
Price: A one-year license for one PC costs $39.95, or you can go for a lifetime plan at $49.95. For $79.95 you get lifetime access to a larger suite of products, including the video converter, a screen recorder, and a video editor.
- Quality output
- High-speed conversions
- Clean, modern design
- Plenty of preset profiles
- No upsells or ads
- Pricey compared to competitors
- No free version (trial only)
Any Video Converter (AVC) offers two completely separate pieces of software: one free and the other paid. This is a bit different to most freemium software where you upgrade to the paid version (AVC Ultimate) within the free software. There is a bit of a learning curver to using AVC compared with some others on the list, as some options and settings can be difficult to find at first.
The free AVC application provides decent quality output and okay speeds. More than 150 preset profiles are available, along with some simple editing, disc burning, and video downloading features. 17 output formats include AVI, MOV, MP3, and MP4, and 4K resolution is an option (including in the free version).
AVC advertises its software as ad-free but we did see some ads during installation of the free application. Plus, we received prompts to allow the installation of additional pieces of software. These are easy to reject and it’s recommended you do so as there have been reports of a browser hijacker being bundled in with the additional installs. While this relatively harmless malware just alters your browser’s homepage, it’s probably not something you want to install if you don’t have to.
So what are the perks when you pay for AVC Ultimate? The main features are better performance, a screen recorder, DVD menu templates, and the option to convert BD and DVD discs.
AVC is also available for Windows.
Price: The unpaid version is usable and free forever. AVC Ultimate costs $49.95.
- Free version is decent
- High-quality output
- Burn to disc (paid only)
- Up to 4K resolution
- Additional software installed with free tool
- Speeds aren’t great
HandBrake is definitely different from the other video converters on this list as it’s completely free and open source. While it’s also available for Windows and Linux, the MacOS version in particular has gained lots of loyal users over the years.
Since it’s open source and there is no pro version to upgrade to, you won’t see any upsells or third-party ads. The trade-off here is you get a very basic interface and a less-than-beginner-friendly experience.
That being said, once you get over the dated look and find your way around, HandBrake can provide most of what you need for basic video conversion. Although conversion times are fairly slow, there’s a decent selection of editing options and the quality of output video is very good.
HandBrake can handle 4K resolution and supports over a dozen output formats, including M4V, MPEG, MOV, MP3, and MP4, and has a multitude of preset device profile options. As expected, there aren’t as many as you’ll find in a paid tool.
Price: HandBrake is open source and completely free.
- Completely free
- High-quality video
- Solid range of editing options
- No ads or upsells
- Could be easier to use
- Slow speeds
Leawo Video Converter is a freemium software. It offers a large selection of output formats including MPEG, MOV, AVI, MP3, and MP4, up to 4K resolution, more than 100 preset profiles, and a selection of editing tools. It’s easy to use and output quality is good, although speeds aren’t great, even in the paid version.
At first glance, the price appears to be decent but once you delve a bit deeper, it becomes apparent this may not be such a great deal. You pay for a basic package, but are charged additional fees for features that are usually included in paid versions of other software. These include Blu-Ray Ripper, Blu-Ray Copy, Blu-Ray Creator, DVD Ripper, DVD Copy, DVD Creator, and Video Downloader. Even with the paid version, you don’t have the ability to burn to disc or download online video unless you fork over extra money.
That being said, the free version of this software is decent. Video quality is great and you can go up to 4K. The major limitations are that you can only convert the first five minutes of each video file, and conversion is slower than in the paid version. But if you only need to convert clips, it could still be a good option. You may get upsells in the free software but there are no prompts to install additional software.
Leawo is also available for Windows.
Price: Leawo costs $29.95 for one year or $39.95 for a lifetime plan. Plenty of custom plans are available, but as mentioned, you have to pay extra for certain features that come standard with other paid converters.
- Plenty of preset profiles
- Decent selection of editing tools
- Quality output
- No additional software installed
- Slow speeds
- Free version is limited
- Have to pay extra for some standard features
Video converter FAQs
What is the best video converter?
As you can see, our recommended video converters represent a broad range of software, with
VideoProc and Wondershare UniConverter topping the list. Ultimately, the tool you choose should depend on exactly what you’re looking for in a video converter. Price is often top of the list of criteria, but here are some other important aspects to consider:
- Functionality: A video converter’s feature list is a good place to start in your decision-making process. For example, if you just need simple conversions, you can get away with a barebones software, but if you’re looking for editing options and features like subtitles or captions, you may need to look for a more robust tool.
- Formats: Most of the converters on our list support a broad range of formats, but be sure to check these include the ones you plan to use most often.
- User-friendliness: Some video conversion tools, especially those with lots of features, can seem a bit overwhelming, especially for beginners. Thankfully, many tools offer free trials so you can test out their usability before parting with your cash.
- Customer support: There are plenty of reasons you might need to contact customer support when setting up or using a video converter. Having live-chat support available is ideal, but at the least, you’ll want your provider to have an intuitive knowledge-base and an easy-to-use webform for submitting queries.
Can I use a video converter to convert to MP3?
Yes, a video converter can help you convert to audio files, including MP3 and other formats. These files can be advantageous for various reasons, including their compatibility with a number of players, and the possibility of very small file sizes.
Indeed, all the providers we’ve listed above, including VideoProc and Wondershare UniConverter can handle conversions to MP3. To convert your file, choose MP3 as your output format and adjust your settings as needed. You can convert other audio files or extract an MP3 file from a video.
Which is the best free video converter?
In general, a paid tool is bound to give you a better experience than its free counterparts, but you might find a free converter does the trick. We’ve featured some free tools above, including freemium software such as DivX and Freemake, as well as one completely free option: HandBrake. While these aren’t necessarily bad options, there are some possible downsides to be aware of:
- Watermarks: Some providers will add their logo to free conversions to help advertise the service or encourage users to upgrade to a paid, watermark-free tool. Some watermarks are unobtrusive, for example, remaining in the corner of the video, and may be acceptable to some users. Others are large and appear in the center of the frame throughout the video, making them more of a nuisance.
- Length limits: Common in freemium software, a provider might limit the conversion length to something like five minutes or half of the original video.
- Limited features: It requires resources to keep software updated with the latest features, so you may find that a free tool doesn’t have the functionality you’re looking for.
- Prompts to upgrade: Freemium tools will often bombard users of the free software with upsell popups. This doesn’t impact use of the tool itself but can become an annoyance over time.
Best video converters for Mac: Testing methodology
A quick Google search will reveal a ton of options available for video conversion. There are lots of free and paid tools out there, but they vary greatly in terms of performance, features, and price. When deciding on the best video converters for Mac, we looked for tools that met most of the following criteria.
- Intuitive and easy for beginners to handle
- High-quality video output
- Fast file conversion
- Large selection of output formats
- Available for multiple operating systems
- Reasonably priced
- Doesn’t install additional software
Only those tools which measured up to these criteria made the list. Furthermore, the more effectively a tool operated within this criteria, the higher it ranked. For example, VideoProc ranks high on our list because it easily handles 4K conversions, is exceptionally intuitive, and converts faster than most others we tested, while Leawo bottoms out our list because of its slow conversion speed and limited features in the free version, among other things.