Converting File Formats in Mac OS X

Mar 1, 2010 - 5 Comments

All My Files Converting various filetypes can be a total pain, especially when you don’t know how. But converting file formats is often a necessary task, required for many reasons from preference, to increased compatibility with another Mac, to working with an iOS device or PC, to compatibility with another app, even another operating system entirely. Fortunately, OS X Daily has covered a lot of file format conversions in the past, so here’s a helpful list to get you started.

We’ve got conversions of music and audio files to new formats, image files to new image formats, movie files to different video formats and file types, changing disk images, and much more.

Convert Music & Audio File Formats

Convert m4a to mp3

Convert WMA to MP3

Convert MP3 to iPhone Ringtone

Converting various formats is actually one of the more common questions I get from those new to Mac OS X, wondering how to ditch something like the WMV or WMA format for the Mac equivalents.

Convert Video File Formats

Convert WMV to MOV

Convert AVI to MOV

Convert DVD to MOV or AVI

Convert DVD to iPod

Convert YouTube to iPod format

It’s not only music files and movies that need the file type converted though, often you just need something simple like an image changed from PNG to GIF, or something more advanced like a disk image converted to another format.

Converting Other File Formats: Image Files, Disk Images, ISO’s, and more

Convert PNG to JPG

Convert Images in Mac OS X: JPG to GIF, PSD to JPG, BMP to JPG, JPG to PDF, and more

Convert Nero images to ISO

Convert a DMG to ISO

Convert an ISO to DMG

Burn an ISO on Mac

Convert Boot Camp partition to VMWare Image

Often when you’re trying to convert something you’re looking for a quick solution. With that in mind, our emphasis is generally on free file format conversions and utilizing what’s included with Mac OS X whenever is possible. If a download is required to convert certain file formats, we try to work with free solutions.

Need another conversion task performed? Let us know!

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Kindour says:

    There list lots of excellent Mac converter software tools that can help to convert music/audio files and video files on this site:

    http://www.softdiggs.com

    You may get any from them to fit your needs.

  2. jeffcard says:

    Nice guide, thanks for sharing, here is a step by step guide regarding how to convert DVD, video and audio, share it here.
    http://www.mac-dvd.com/mac-guide/how-to-convert-video-and-edit-video-on-mac.html

  3. Jelllisar says:

    Hi, I just convert my MOV video to my iPod Touch 32 G on Mac OS X yesterday.
    I followed the following tutorial:
    http://www.diggsofts.com/video-converter-for-mac-isky.html

  4. Daisy says:

    ffmpegX.

  5. Blay Whitby says:

    Is this out of date? There is no ‘save as’ option in my Preview file menu. Most frustrating.

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