Did you find a video that is not compatible with your TV or your smartphone? Do you want to convert the contents of a DVD to get a comfortable video file? In this guide, I’ll show you all the best programs to free convert videos available for Windows.
After trying them, you will be able to convert your videos to any other format. You can also convert the video into an audio file (if you want to extract the audio track from some downloaded video to make a ringtone or listen to it).
The best programs to free convert videos
The described programs allow you to convert videos into various file formats, choose the format that best suits your needs. If you don’t know which format to choose, some profiles are present with default settings based on the type of video you want to get.
Freemake Video Converter
One of the best programs to convert video format is certainly Freemake Video Converter, downloadable from the following link.
The conversion program is presented with an interface in Italian. With this software you can convert any video to another format from among those available (in AVI, for Apple, in MP4, but other profiles are available by clicking on the directional arrows next to the profiles).
To load the video to be converted, use the buttons at the top to choose the source from which to take the video (if it is already present on the PC as a file, use the “Video” button). Once the video is loaded into the program, choose the format by selecting the most suitable conversion profile from those available below. At this point the conversion window will appear.
Choose the profile for compatible formats based on the quality of the video, choose the folder where you want to save the converted video and finally click on “Convert”. With the free version of the program, a frame with the logo of the program will be added, removable only with a user license.
Browsing the Internet, you often encounter images with logos, writings or watermarks. Fortunately, removing them is easy and you don’t need expensive or complex tools to use.
Another very popular program to convert video quickly is Format Factory, available for free download from the following link.
With this program, you will have numerous simplified profiles to convert videos quickly on your PC with Windows.
To convert the video, scroll through the various profiles available on the left side of the program. After selecting the profile, the choice menu will open where you can upload the file or folder with the videos to be converted.
Use the “Add file” or “Add folder” buttons to add the videos to convert. Choose the video conversion quality by clicking on “Destination Settings”, choose the destination folder at the bottom of the window. Finally click on “Ok” to apply the changes. You will be taken to the home screen of the program, click on “Go” at the top to convert the media files.
Another very valid program to convert videos for free is HandBrake, available for free download from the following website.
At first glance, it might seem difficult to use it, in reality the program (at least for the simple conversion without modification of the files) is quite simple to use.
At startup, it will immediately ask you to open the file to be converted. Once the video file is loaded, choose the final destination in the “Destination”; the type of format in “Output Settings> Container” (we can choose between “MP4” and “MKV”); the profile for the final quality of the file in the right column (scroll to find the one that best suits your needs). Finally click on “Start Encode” to start converting the video.
The program has many other features, but no further steps are required for simple conversion between video formats.
Do you have an entire collection of music videos on your PC but would you like to put them on your smartphone or on a USB stick to be able to listen to them on the go?
Other programs to convert video
- VidCoder (open source)
- WinFF (open source)
- File Converter (open source)
Try them all and choose the one you like best, all being free programs.