Start Converting Your Video File
WinX Video Converter features an intuitive and friendly interface, even the green hands can get the hang of it quickly. No matter you need a free video converter to MP4 format, transcode 4K/HD video to play on your desired mobile, or compress 4K to 1080p/720p, the freeware will make all jobs done within 3 steps. Just add your video clips to the program and select a profile, the brilliant video encoder runs - more smoothly. Check the easy steps below and get started with it.
Step 1. Load your video files.
Install and open it, then import your video file through "+ Video" button, or a simple drag-'n-drop.
Step 2. Choose an output format.
Choose an output format from the automatically popped up window: MP4, HEVC, MOV MKV, AVI, MP3, iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox, PS4, etc.
Step 3. Start Conversion.
Click Browse button to specify the output folder destination if necessary. Tap RUN button to activate video conversion immediately.
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Top 5 Free Video Converters
When you're searching for a video converting tool, your budget can be of the top consideration, and of course, free option is much preferred. Besides, there are many other factors to consider, like the video converting performance, output quality, conversion speed, ease of use, etc. Here we introduce 5 free video transcoders that perform well in all these aspects.
1. WinX Video Converter
WinX Video Converter is a stable yet free video converting program supporting both online and offline video files at up to 8K/4K resolution. It's available to convert video to any mainstream format, be it HEVC, H.264, MP4, MKV, M2TS, WMV, MOV, WebM, AAC, etc. Aside from converting video to MP4/MP3, downloading, compressing, cropping, cutting, merging, and more are all on hand to give you a good video processing experience.
The video converting software prides itself on being so quickly in converting video, especially the large 4k video. It attributes its great performance to the advanced transcoding kernel and the unique hardware acceleration tech. Most importantly, you will be pleased to know that its 47x faster converting speed doesn't come at the expense of output quality.
- Convert 8K, 4K, HD video to any format without problem.
- Fast video processing speed & lossless output quality.
- Pretty easy to operate.
- Clean and no intrusive ads.
- Lacks features such as burn videos to DVD, text narration.
Handbrake has built up a cult following for years for its complete free, open-source and clean video transcoding ability. Available on Windows, macOS, and Linux, it takes advantages of third-party libraries such as x265, FFmpeg, and libvpx to convert a range of popular formats, including H.264, H.265, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Theora, and VP8/9.
It enables you to re-encode videos to MKV, WebM, MP4 or other settings required for common devices, like smartphone, game console, Chromecast, and Roku. You can even delve into advanced video encoding options to alter bitrate, codec, resolution, add your own subtitles and more. However, you will need a bit of learn curve if you are a beginner. In our test, the video conversion time is slow, so be patient for any 4k or larger video conversion.
- Free, open-source, and ad-free.
- Manual & automatic scaling, and deinterlacing.
- Able to convert both DVD and video.
- Limited video format support.
- Non-intuitive interface and design.
- Slow converting speed.
3. Freemake Video Converter
As a free video converter that has stood its ground for years, there is something extraordinary about Freemake. It allows you to convert videos, burn DVDs, and create photo slideshows. You're free to encode videos to over 500 formats, including MP4, MP3, WMV, AVI, MKV, DVD, 3GP, MOV, and others.
A slight word of warning: Freemake deliberately shows you lots of upsell attempts, when you try to use its free version. If you stick to the free option, the video converting speed seems to be intentionally slowed down and Freemake logo is added at the beginning and end of all converted videos. This is terribly intrusive. But the logo and upsells will be removed and you can enjoy smooth video conversion, once you've upgraded to the paid version.
- A simple interface that is easy to understand.
- Excellent formats support.
- Build-in editing tools.
- Take a long time to convert large videos.
- Some features of free version are unlocked, like video to MP3 conversion, video download, and subtitles etc.
- Free version is basically usable, with Freemake logo added to every converted file.
FreeConvert is a renowned free online video converter that allows users to convert video files online without installing any third-party plugins or software. It supports not only audios and videos, but also document, ebook, archive, image, unit, and PDF. You can import video from local, google drive, dropbox, URL, etc and output it in as many as 26 format, incl. MKV, WebM, MOV, MP4, and MP3.
If you want more control over your video, FreeConvert is a solid choice, offering customizable options, such as codec, aspect ratio, screen size, frame rate, orientation settings, etc. FreeConvert.com bombards you with ads and imposes a file size limit on each conversion. You cannot convert a video over 1 gb in size. Besides, you are limited to up to 25 conversions per day. You can choose to upgrade to paid versions and pay from $9.99-$25.99 per month.
- Easy to use. No need to install third-party software.
- import video from local, Google Drive, Dropbox, and URL.
- Support batch conversion.
- Uploading and converting can be slow, depend more on network speed.
- Cannot convert the video more than 1GB and 25 conversions per day maximally.
FFmpeg is a free and open source software project consisting of a brunch of libraries and programs, able to record, decode, encode and stream multimedia contents. At its core is the FFmpeg command line, designed to convert any video or audio, from the most obscure ancient format to the cutting-edge codec, such as H.264, HEVC, MP3, AAC, MPEg-4, Prores, QuickTime, SWF, FLAC, VP9 and many more.
For experienced users, encoding audios and videos with FFmpeg is pretty easy through command, e.g. "ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.webm". However, as it's based on command lines, it might be a little bit tricky for novices, especially when they need adjust video/audio parameters or do some editings while converting video format.
- Support cross-platforms, including Linux, Windows and macOS.
- Allow users to convert, record and stream audio and video.
- Quite difficult for beginners.
- There are too many libraries that make users confused.