How to Convert My Movie So That it Plays on Dropbox

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How to Convert My Movie So That it Plays on Dropbox
Dropbox will play MOV or MP4 movies, and sometimes M4V as well. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Dropbox is a mobile document and media storage tool that allows you to sync you files online for backup. It can play three types of movie files on your device: MOV, M4V, and MP4 (Apple products only). Converting a movie to play on Dropbox can be done using one of several programs. Once you get it into the correct format, playing it will be simple.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Handbrake / iTunes / web browser

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    Convert your movie using Handbrake. The Dropbox website specifically recommends this program because of its multi-platform compatibility (Windows, Mac, Linux) and its price (free). It will allow you to load many types of files and convert them to any of the three supported formats. It even features presets for several popular devices, including the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android. Download it in Resources.

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    Convert your movie using iTunes. If you are using an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, Dropbox recommends iTunes' conversion program as the simplest way to load your video. You simply select "Create iPod or iPhone" version from the "Tools" menu and load your video. Dropbox can play anything you convert this way. Download it from Resources.

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    Convert your movie using an online converter. This step requires no program downloads and is free, but may have shakier results with larger files. Many converters exist, so you can try several until you get a result you like. Be sure MOV or MP4 are selected as the output format. For instance, try or (similar names, but different sites).

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