Want to change video container for a better playback experience? This article gives two working solutions to change containers without any quality loss. Read on for more details.
HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a professional video converter program designed to handle various types of video/audio conversions, including changing video containers without encoding. It can help you encapsulate videos into another container with zero quality loss. Moreover, it has a batch conversion mode and hardware acceleration support that can greatly improve the conversion efficiency. With a user-friendly interface, this software is easy to use.
Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the “Converter.” Click “+ Add Files” to load the needed videos. You can also drag these files into the converter directly.
Click the right-side format image to open the format library and then select one appropriate format as the output format. Remember that the selected format must support the encoder used in the original file. For example, to remux an H.264 encoded MKV file, you can choose MP4 or MOV as the output format.
The program will automatically smart fit the best settings for your conversion after you selected the output format, usually with the same encoder, same resolution, etc. But you should double-check the parameters in the “Parameter settings” and ensure everything matches the source data. You will see a lightning icon appear at the conversion list when the video is ready for remuxing.
Click the bottom triangle button to set an output path. When everything is ready, hit “Run” to start changing the video container without encoding.
FFmpeg is a very powerful cross-platform open-source project for dealing with multimedia file tasks, such as video conversion and audio streaming. And it is more than enough to change video container without losing quality. FFmpeg is command-line-based, however, and people who are unfamiliar with shell scripting might find it difficult to get started. Yet, for power users, FFmpeg is one of the best choices when it comes to a/v conversions. The below FFmpeg MKV to MP4 example shows you how to use FFmpeg to change video format without converting on Windows 10.
Step 1. Download and install the latest correct version of the FFmpeg ZIP file from the official website https://ffmpeg.org/download.html.
Step 2. Extract the FFmpeg file and rename the file as “ffmpeg.” Then move the folder to your C: drive.
Step 3. In your Windows search bar, input “system environment variables” and open the best match result. Click “Environment Variables…” and select “Path” under the user variables section. Click “Edit…” and add the FFmpeg binary directory to the path, e.g. C:\ffmpeg\bin. Then click “OK” to save the changes.
Step 4. Type “cmd” in your system search bar to bring up “Command Prompt.” Then input “ffmpeg -version” and press Enter to see if the configuration is done.
Step 5. Copy the path of the source video file. Then in the CMD, input “cd *the copied source path*” and press Enter to enter the file directory.
Step 6. Next, input “ffmpeg -i *example*.mkv -c copy *example*.mp4” and press Enter to start the single file remuxing.
Note: *example* means your file name.
Tips: If you want to batch remux the files, you can switch into the directory that contains the multiple source files and run the following command line.
for /R %f IN (*.mkv) DO ffmpeg -i "%f" -c copy "%~nf.mp4"
A video container is a wrapper format used to store multimedia data, including video, audio streams, and sometimes subtitles. MP4, MKV, and AVI are the common video containers.
By saying changing video container, most people mean changing from one container format to another while keeping the data intact. This process is called remuxing or repackaging, and it is a lossless conversion. You’ll get the original video and audio quality after the process. And since the data won’t be re-encoded, the conversion will be done at the fastest speed (compared with the CPU-intensive transcoding). These are the reasons why many people prefer to change video container format only.
For changing video container without encoding, some requirements are to meet, including:
We’ve just shown you how to change video container without encoding using two awesome programs. You can pick your preferred method based on your needs and start changing the format of a video right away. Hope you can find this article helpful. Thanks for reading. Have a good day!