There are so many different kinds of files around today, and an even wider variety of formats. This time we’ll have a closer look at the world of video editing and converting, exploring the most professional, multi functioning and the simplest to use video software. There are several reasons you might want to convert a video file:
1) to make its size smaller
2) to change an unfamiliar video format recorded from your phone to one that works with most players on the computer and can be easily shared
3) to convert a video downloaded from Youtube (you must understand that it may be illegal)
Here’s our pick of the best products that may help you do this and save some time.
Any Video Converter offers really fast processing when you convert your video files, so we believe you will definitely like it. It can also easily handle videos hosted on the web, offer you a range of special filters and effects, and what is more important, it works with such a big number of formats that you’re unlikely to find an unsupported one.
You can easily handle almost any video related task with Any Video Converter. For example, if you need to download a video from Youtube and convert it for offline watching both on your PC and your smartphone without worrying about it taking too much space, this tool works pretty well. In addition to that, you can download videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Metacafe, and even rip audio from CDs and DVDs. Should we even mention the standard option to trim, crop, rotate using pre-installed tools for different devices? Of course, those are covered beautifully.
If you still need more options, the developers offer Any Video Converter Ultimate, which can remove DRM protection, apply settings to a batch of videos and burn videos to a CD, as long as your computer technically allows this.
Freemake Video Converter is known and loved for its simple and user friendly interface. It also has great format support and an outstanding variety of useful built-in tools. Like Any Video Converter, this one also works with online files and will help you download files in no time.
Besides the standard functions, you may like the option to cut unwanted footage, add subtitles and convert from/to DVD. The only thing that can stop you from using all of these for free is that those functions are locked right after installation, but don’t worry. In 3 days you will get a free Web Pack as a gift, and all limitations will be lifted off your program’s version. Your system tray will notify you once your Web Pack is there.
Wonderfox HD Video Converter Factory is another easy-to-use tool that will definitely save you a lot of time. In fact, the developer claims that their product is so easy, that the official video guide hosted on their website is only 10 seconds long! That’s actually true, just drag and drop your videos to the working area, apply the desired format and hit the Run button. Video Converter Factory has a number of great built-in editing tools and pre-saved profiles for many devices, so in case you wish to creatively customize the outcome, it will take you no time or effort.
Looking for an advanced video converter for PC, Mac or even Linux? This one is right for you. In case you choose HandBrake, you have to know that it’s not that simple for non-skilled users. It’s especially familiar to Mac users and less known in the Windows crowd, as it’s still kind of an experimental program and hasn’t even reached version 1.0 for Windows yet. But don’t rush to conclude that HandBrake is a raw piece of software, it still works great and can easily be called a powerful program. Its interface is quite different from the products described above, and can cause some difficulties for beginners. It may take a while to get used to, but remember that it’s totally free to use and the output is worth it.
Be careful when running this program for the first time, as some versions have been known to contain malware. Simply run a file check with your antivirus program and feel safe.
Prior to choosing this converter, you should know that although the program is free to use, your converted videos will be watermarked, which can be pretty annoying.
Free Video Converter has the simplest interface of all the programs we’ve listed here, and offers an option of batch conversion that really saves time. It performs smoothly, but has a small number of formats to convert to. In fact, only MP4, MPEG, AVI and MP3 formats are available to choose from, but these formats are so widely used that you are unlikely to have problems with them. Beginner video editors are usually okay with the offered formats, while advanced users will most probably not be happy with this lack of options.
So, you pick a converter and transfer your videos to the format you wanted. Chances are you may need to send large video files online.