macOS High Sierra

Export movies to other file formats and resolutions

You can export a movie to save a copy of it with a specific resolution or file format.

Open QuickTime Player for me

  1. Choose File > Export, 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.

  2. Enter a name for your exported file and choose a destination.

  3. If you chose the 4K or 1080p export resolution, select the HEVC checkbox to export the movie in HEVC format.

  4. Click Save.

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.