Video transcoding is the process of converting a video file from one format to another, for example, MKV to MP4, 3GP to MP4, to make the video accepted by target device, player, platform, editing software, etc. Video transcoding is often executed when the target device doesn't support the original format or when the target device has limited capacity to store the original file. Since you are here, you must be looking for the best way to transcode a video. And here, we will show you the best video transcoders of 2019, including best video trancoder software for Windows (7/8/8.1/10) and Mac, best free open source video transcoder and best online video transcoder. So, no matter what application you like, professional software, freeware or online tool, you are sure to find the one you like to transcode videos.
Windows OS: Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit), Windows 8/8.1 (32 & 64 bit), Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit)
Mac OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard - macOS Mojave (10.14)
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▶ Built in 370+ video audio codecs, it is powerful enough to transcode videos among virtually all video formats, including Multi-track MKV, HEVC (H.265), M2TS, AVCHD, MOD, MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, FLV, VOB, 3GP, etc.
▶ 410+ preset output profiles make it easy to transcode videos to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android Samsung, HTC, Google Nexus, Kindle Fire, Sony PSP, PS3, Xperia, Microsoft WP8, Xbox, Surface Pro, etc.
▶ Web profiles help users transcode videos for uploading to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and other video-supported websites.
▶ This video transcoding software is designed to transcode videos at any resolution, including 1080p, 2160p 4K and 4320p 8K.
▶ It is capable of downloading and transcoding online videos to popular formats/devices at one go.
▶ Apart from transcoding a video from one format to another, you are also allowed to edit the video by cropping, trimming, adjusting video audio parameters, etc. to tweak video file or quality.
▶ It is well known for fast video transcoding speed and super good output quality, owing to the support for hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU use, improved configuring for i5 i7 CPU, optimized AMD 3DNow! and Intel SSE3 SSE2 MMX Instructions, and High Quality Engine.
According to the user reviews on popular software download site CNET, no drawback is there while transcoding video.
OS: Windows, Mac and Linux
When you google "open source video transcoder", the first one you get is HandBrake. It announces that it can transcode video in nearly any format to popular MP4, MKV format.
▶ Besides transcoding videos, HandBrake is also able to convert VIDEO_TS folders and rip unprotected DVDs to MP4/MKV.
▶ HandBrake provides a couple of device presets for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, etc.
▶ HandBrake comes with multiple setting options.
▶ The output container formats are very limited, thus can't meet all people's needs.
▶ It is complicated to set an output device preset.
▶ It is hard to understand some setting options.
▶ Batch video conversion, only available on HandBrake 0.9.5 or later, has a complicated process.
▶ Some unexpected errors may happen while transcoding videos.
There are tons of online video transcoders, among which Convert.Files is a good option to transcode videos for free.
▶ Since it is an online application, users don't need to install files to local drive. So, no memory capacity is occupied.
▶ It can transcode a dozen of video file formats, including MPEG to MP4, MP4 to MKV, etc.
▶ Not limited to transcode videos, it can also convert audio formats, images, documents, etc.
▶ It supports converting files using links to video-sharing sites such as YouTube.
▶ Online video transcoding relies on network connection. You need network to open the online transcoder, upload the video, convert the video and download the converted file. No connection, no transcoding.
▶ Video transcoding speed cannot catch up with that of desktop software.
▶ It places limit on the file size. The maximum file size for video transcoding is 250MB.
▶ No technical support is offered when you encounter some errors.
▶ Batch video conversion is not supported.
Donna Peng has been working as a copywriter in Digiarty Software for many years. She has written loads of articles to help people handle their DVDs, videos and other stuff.