Video Converter:
How to Convert Video on Mac and Windows

Videos make up so much content that we consume nowadays. It would be nearly impossible to find a computer that did not have at least one clip in it somewhere. Both Mac and Windows computers allow users to watch video clips in a variety of different file types.

However, there may come a time when you want to change or re-encode the format of your video. Converting video files on Mac and Windows is easy to do but can be time-consuming if you don't know what you're doing. Luckily, video converters are an excellent way to avoid the hassles associated with converting videos.

What is a video converter?

A video converter is a software program that can transform video formats into one form or another. It is an essential tool for dealing with the complex video coding of today. It can change any video design to fit any device, making it a must-have in our ever-changing world.

Why do you need to convert your videos

One of the reasons you need to convert your videos in Mac or Windows is that many devices don't support all types of files. For example, a video from an iPhone cannot be read directly by most TVs and DVD players. So, what does it mean for you? Well, if you have many incompatible videos with your devices, that means you will need to convert them first before watching.

What if you like the file format, but it's simply too big? You'll probably need to cut out unwanted scenes and compress them a bit to make them fit your storage device. Some files might be tremendous but unsuitable for devices with small storage capacity, so you'll need to do some conversion as well.

Another possible reason you need to convert your videos in Mac or Windows is licensing issues. Suppose you want to use a particular video on your device. In that case, there might be license issues that prevent you from doing so - one famous example is the usage of movies on Apple devices (films purchased or rented from the iTunes Store). A reason why most people use third-party programs to convert their videos into compatible formats.

How to convert your videos

There are easy ways to convert videos for both Mac and Windows users;

QuickTime is the default media player on Mac. With it, you can export videos in different formats or optimize videos from the Web. It comes preinstalled in all Macs and Macbooks and can be installed on Windows directly from Apple's Website.

On Mac, you can use Finder. It is a management tool that contains options that can help convert your videos. Follow these easy steps;

  1. Launch the folder where your video is.
  2. Click and select "encode selected files."
  3. A dialogue box appears where you can choose the output you want your video to have.
  4. Select continue and find your video in the same folder as your source file.

For Windows, they don't have a built-in video converter. However, you can get the Video to AnyFormat converter from Microsoft and follow these easy steps to convert:

  1. Click Add Media and choose Add Video.
  2. Choose the appropriate output format.
  3. Click Convert.

How to convert your videos using Parallels Toolbox

With some good news, Parallels has introduced a new application Parallels Toolbox for both Mac and Windows users. It has over thirty tools for macOS and Windows. Earlier, Parallels Toolbox had a video converter for Mac users.

To convert videos, you follow easy steps as indicated on their website. However, with this new tool, which applies to both Mac and Windows, you can convert videos with just one click. The Toolbox makes it easy and eliminates the need for many applications.


Converting your videos can be a tedious process, but it doesn't have to be. We know that you want high-quality video without all of the hassle and complications. That's why we've made our Parallels Toolbox for both Mac and Windows users. With this software on hand, converting your videos becomes something you can do in minutes rather than hours or days. So, start saving time today by downloading the free trial version now!

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