Magic Lantern is a free and opensource software add-on for Canon DSLR cameras. With it you can recorder video in RAW format and save in MLV (Magic Lantern Video) file. Because the quality is so high, you can treat it as a series of RAW photos. If you want to capture some wonderful moment, insteat of click the shutter at the very exact time, you can take a short video and look for the moment in the video. MLV files are hard for users to play on many media players or devices, and also difficult to edit in some basic video editing software like Windows Movie Maker and iMovie etc. However, you can play and edit MLV files more easily by converting MLV format to other popular formats. For example, if you want to play MLV files on Galaxy, Blackberry, Zune, iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc, you can convert MLV to MP4 for users.
This article mainly focuses on how to convert MLV footage files to MP4 for playing MLV files more widely. To do it, you have to find a professional MLV to MP4 converter. Here, U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate or Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is strongly recommended. It not only can help you change your MLV files to MP4 files with ease, but also has the ability to let you play MLV files on any popular MP4 media player or device with the original video quality. All you need to do is to just select the optimized presetting for your player or device.
Next, I’ll take MLV to MP4 conversion for example to show you how this great app works. After conversion, you can play your MLV files anytime and anywhere.
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Step 1: Import MLV videos to the MLV to MP4 converter
Launch this MLV to MP4 video converter, move your mouse to the “Add Files” button, and then click it. A pop-up window will lead you to find your local MLV files, next, just load them to this app’s pane. Another way you can add MLV files is to locate these target files on PC and then drag them to this app.
Note: If you need to convert multiple MLV files into one file, at the moment, you just adjust these added files according to the play order, and then enable the “Merge all videos into one file” option at the bottom.
Step 2: Choose MP4 as the output format
Move the mouse to the “Output Format” pane of the program window, where you need to click the format image icon or drop-down format list. In the following output format window, you can select MP4 from the “Format” category >”Video” subcategory.
Note: (Optional) At the bottom of the “Output Format” pane, you can click “Settings” option to set encoder, frame rate, resolution, bitrates, etc.
If you convert MLV files to MP4 just for playback on your device like iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, etc, you’d better select the directly-optimized output formats, for the output files will fit them best.
Step 3: Customize your video files (Optional)
If you simply click the “Edit” in the menu bar, you have options to trim, crop, effect, add watermark and subtitle etc.
Ste4: Start MLV to MP4 conversion
Press the “Convert” button to start MLV to MP4 video conversion. This green progress bar will show you the conversion speed. You will find this app can finish the conversion very quickly.
After conversion, find the output files according to its output path or by directly clicking the Open Folder option. Now, just have a fun! (Note: For devices, you need to transfer the files to the device. )