Export movies to other file formats and resolutions using QuickTime Player on Mac
You can export a movie to save a copy of it with a specific resolution or file format. Your movie is exported as a QuickTime movie (.mov) using the H.264 or HEVC codec. Movies that are exported as audio only are exported as MPEG4 audio files. QuickTime Player doesn’t export movies as MP4 videos.
In the QuickTime Player app on your Mac, choose File > Export As, then choose an option from the Export menu.
This menu shows resolutions appropriate for movies based on commonly used video sizes (resolutions larger than that of your movie are dimmed). The exact resolution and data rate of an exported movie depend on the original.
4K: QuickTime movie using H.264 or HEVC (H.265), up to 3840 x 2160 resolution.
1080p: QuickTime movie using H.264 or HEVC (H.265), up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.
720p: QuickTime movie using H.264, up to 1280 x 720 resolution.
480p: QuickTime movie using H.264, up to 640 x 480 resolution.
Choose this option if you are exporting a movie to post online (for example, to YouTube).
Audio Only: An Apple MPEG 4 audio file with an AAC audio track.
If you chose the 4K or 1080p export resolution, click the Format pop-up menu, then do one of the following:
Choose Smaller File Size to export the movie in HEVC format
Choose Greater Compatibility to export the movie in H.264 format.
You can preserve the transparency of a movie when exporting to a HEVC format. Choose File > Export As > 1080p, select Use HEVC checkbox, then select the Preserve Transparency checkbox.
Note: The Preserve Transparency checkbox only appears for movies with an alpha channel, such as ProRes 4444.
Enter a name for your exported file and choose a destination.
Some movies may take longer than others to export. To see the progress of your file export, choose Window > Show Export Progress.
If you don’t see any options available in the Export menu, it may be because the recording is copyright-protected and can’t be distributed.