How to Convert PDF Files to MP4 Text

Updated February 21, 2017

Mobile players are able to play video files, but few can display the text that is on a Portable Document Format file (PDF). Converting a PDF file to the MP4 video file will let you see the text on any mobile player as if it was just another video. The procedure requires video converter software that is compatible with both MP4 and PDF file, such as QuickTime Pro which is not only is compatible with both of these file formats, but is also available for both Macs and PCs. The video converter program will enable the PDF files to be viewed as a video on the mobile player.

Download and install a video converter program on the computer's desktop, such as QuickTime Pro, which works on both Mac and PCs. Restart the computer after the installation has finished.

Double-click on the icon of the video converter program that is on the computer's desktop. Wait for the video converter program to load. Drag the PDF file that is to be converted onto the icon of the video converter program. Wait for the PDF file to load and display itself as a video window on the computer screen.

Select "Export" from the "File" menu. Select "Movie to MP4" from the drop down menu next to the "Export" tab in the window that appears over the video window. Name the MP4 file you are going to make in the "Save As" name column at the top of the window.

Press the "Options" button to bring up a new window. Click on the "Video" tab and select "MPEG-4 Improved" from the "Video format" tab. Select "60" from drop-down menu next to the "Frame Rate" tab so the text will not "flicker" when viewed. Close the window by clicking on the "OK" button.

Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the window that is still showing over the video window of the PDF file. Wait as the PDF file is converted into a MP4 file and saved to the computer's hard drive. The video converter program can now be closed.


The text of the converted MP4 file will not be clearer or sharper than the text was in the original PDF file.

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."