How to Edit MP4 Video Files in Mac/Win (Windows 8 included)
MP4 is a very common media format. Many downloaded movies, streaming music videos, or recorded video clips are with .MP4 file extension. If you have many such MP4 files, chances are you want to edit MP4 homemade videos which you don't like. Or you just need a part of the MP4 video which you are willing to transfer to your portable devices. At such times, an easy-to-use MP4 Editor is eagerly needed.
In this article, I’d like to share a powerful and efficient MP4 (MPEG-4) video editing software that designed for beginners and hobbyists. It’s Wondershare Video Editor. With it, you’re able to trim, rotate, crop, merge MP4 files, as well as personalize your MP4 videos with rich text, filter and transitions. Moreover, after you finish MP4 video editing, you can directly share your creation on YouTube, Facebook, or save to any formats you want.
Download Wondershare Video Editor (free trial):
Below is a detailed tutorial on how to edit MP4 in Windows (XP/Vista/7/8 included). If you are a Mac user, turn to Mac Video Editor for help.
How to edit MP4 (MPEG-4) files step by step
Step 1: Import MP4 video to the video editor
You can either click "Import" to import files from your computer, or drag and drop files to the User's Album. All added files will be displayed in thumbnails in the album and you can preview them on the right viewing window. Note that regular photo and audio formats are also well supported for better home movie making.
Step 2: Edit and personalize MP4 files
And then drag the files to the video track on the Timeline for editing:
- Common editing tools including Rotate, Crop, Brightness/Contrast/Saturation adjustment and Fast/Slow, Pitch, Vocice Changing, etc.
- On the Timeline, drag and drop to automatically trim video/audio and one click to split video/audio.
- You can also add personalized captions to your videos for better video meaning conveying.
- Many video effects (more than 70) are also provided to make your videos more personalized and special.
Step 3: Add scene transitions (Optional)
Click "Transition" tab on the main screen and you will see 50+ scene transition effects are provided. You can drag the one you like to the video on the track to apply. If you particularly like some template, you can add it to favorite so that you can quickly find it later. If you don't want to choose one by one, you can let the software choose the transition randomly by right clicking and selecting "Random to All" option.
Step 4: Share your video in various ways
After your editing is finished, click "Create" to save your creation in MP4, or other video format under “Video” tab. If you want to play the edit file on portable devices like iPhone, iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, PSP, Xbox, etc., just select the configured preset for your specific model instead. You can also share your video creation on YouTube directly or burn MP4 video to DVD for better video preservation.
Check out below video tutorial on how to edit MP4 files step by step:
Knowledge sharing: What's MP4
MP4 file format has become one of the most popular file type used on portable devices like MP3, MP4 players and file-sharing sites. The most advantage of this format is that it creates very small file size. As a result, you can save a lot of time when uploading it online or sharing it with friends. However, MP4 file is not widely accepted with many popular editing programs due to its inner codec not supported. Luckily, with Wondershare Video Editor, you can deal with MP4 files from all sources; no matter it’s recorded with digital cameras, downloaded from the internet or shared by your friends.
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