Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program

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Introduction

There are many different audio and video formats out there, and most devices (such as the iPod) and programs (such as Windows Media Player) are only compatible with a few specific formats. An AVI or WMV movie will not play on an iPod, for example, without being converted into an MP4 file first.

There are quite a few programs that will do this for free, with more popping up all the time.  They tend to fall into a few general categories:

  • If you want to convert audio & video easily, with a polished interface, support for virtually all file types including online video websites, and an integrated precision video editor, I recommend that you try our Top Pick.
     
  • If you want to convert without fiddling with any settings, using as few clicks as possible, try our Device-Specific Picks, which are especially suited to quickly setting up a conversion for a portable device.
     
  • If you want to have control over basic settings (such as framerate, frame size, and bitrate), yet still experience a quick, low-frustration conversion where most of the guesswork is done for you and you don't need to be an expert to get the job done, try our General Converter Picks.  Our Top Pick is in this category.
     
  • If you want complete control over every detail of your conversion task, where you have the ability to fine-tune your output using settings that most of us, including the Reviewer, don't even understand, then you may be interested in looking at our Custom-Oriented Picks.
     
  • If you only want to convert audio files, yet you want more audio-specific functionality, then try our Audio-Only Picks.
     
  • And lastly, if you're looking to convert a wide range of file types, from video to audio to documents to images, and you want to do it on the fly, you might want to check out an Online Conversion Website service.  There are sometimes file-size restrictions with these services, but they offer the convenience of being accessible from any browser.

While some are better than others overall, which one is best for you will depend on what sort of program you need.

Note:  If you want to rip video directly from a DVD, click here to view the Best Free DVD Ripper page..

 
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Device-Specific Picks

Pazera Video Converters Suite Pazera Converter Screenshot is really a package of several separate device converters with a common launcher. Each converter is powerful, with several presets for device, custom tweaking/profiles, multiple-file support, all in a simple text-based interface. If you don't mind the launcher, you could effectively use it as a hybrid converter.

 

Miro ImageFor even easier device conversion, there is Miro Video Converter. With just a dozen device presets and support for only one file at a time, it may not be the best choice for power users. However, its simple interface is 'newbie-proof', and conversion quality is on a par with other programs.

 

Also recommended:

  • XMedia Recode: Like Miro but with a less polished UI.  It supports multiple simultaneous files and more devices.
  • DVDVideoSoft Free: Pazera without custom tweaks; has neat tricks like Youtube downloading and video tweaking. This product is bundled with OpenCandy. See this article for more information. It will also attempt to install a toolbar which you may not want.
  • Handbrake:  A long-time favorite of mine, when I need to convert from just about any format to a nice, no-nonsense iPod/iPhone compatible video (encoded in H.264).  It has a queue, and supports multiple Apple presets including Apple TV.
 
 

General Converter Picks

Freemake Video Converter is the new Top Pick.  The interface is about as polished as it gets, and the code behind the interface is stable, flexible, and powerful.  Using Freemake is a linear, seamless experience with no frustration.

What I do find frustrating, however, is that the developer has now added OpenCandy to their installer.  For more information about this bundled software, I recommend you read this article.  Please see the last paragraph of this review for information on how you can opt out of this.

Now, back to the awesome stuff.  With Freemake, you can convert most any format of video or audio with this handy piece of freeware, along with DVD's, photos, and even web embedded media from sites like YouTube, Google, and Vimeo.  There are lots of presets and quite a few options, giving the software best-in-class capabilities.  The visual cues are easy to follow, pretty much guiding you from start to finish on any conversion task and providing a more user-friendly experience than most other software.

This software can make use of DXVA and CUDA (two methods of hardware accelerated encoding) to boost speeds.  I was only able to use DXVA on my test computer, so you may get faster encodes with your machine.  On my laptop, I had an NVidia card, and Freemake actually displayed a message recommending that I update my video card drivers to make use of CUDA acceleration.  Freemake took 39 minutes to produce its output using an Auto Bitrate setting, with a two-pass encode.  It took under 15 minutes to do a one-pass encode.  Handbrake took 33 minutes using a Constant Quality RF:20 setting.  The quality of all three test encodes was excellent, with no apparent difference from the original.  You won't find advanced encoding settings anywhere in this interface, so if you're looking to fine-tune your output, I recommend moving on to something like Handbrake, Format Factory, or FFCoder.

I would have loved to give this software 10/10 stars, however there was one negative aspect to Freemake Video Converter: the bundled Freemake Toolbar and OpenCandy softwares.  The toolbar is set to install by default unless you choose otherwise on the first page of the install wizard.  To their credit, the Privacy Policies and/or EULA's are easily available for all bundled software. OpenCandy, on the other hand, does not have a checkbox to toggle its install.  Instead, you'll have to roll up your sleeves and install from the command-line if you want to opt out of it.  Here's how:  Hit Start, then 'Run' the install file with the /nocandy switch.  It will still show you the EULA for it, however there will be an option at the very end of the install to 'not install' the software OpenCandy recommends for you.  Even without the /nocandy switch, you can still uncheck the box, but for some reason the switch will trade in the check-box for 2 separate radio button choices (Yes or No).  It's a lot to worry about and go through, but this software really is top-notch in most other ways.

Although their website defaults to an "online installer", they do host offline installers, available here.

 

When iWisoft Free Video Converter starts, it automatically launches your browser for an upgrade check and displays a web page, which I found annoying.  Aside from this, I didn't find much else to complain about.  Its interface is extremely clean, well organized, and easy to use. It has a complete and well-organized collection of presets, and supports making and saving basic tweaks, too. It even has a few pleasant surprises, such as a basic built-in editing suite, with features like cropping, splitting, joining, and watermarking.  In short, this program is an outstanding choice for most device conversions.

 

FormatFactory ScreenShotAnother excellent choice (especially for old phones and DVD ripping) is Format Factory. It has presets for over 100 devices, converts to and from dozens of formats, and allows for advanced tweaking and custom profiles. On the downside, the sidebar-and-popup interface does not provide a linear experience.  You'll find that you can not drag'n'drop into the windows that look like you should be able to, and you have to open & close a couple of windows in order to end up back at the starting screen, where you finally get to hit START.  This being said, once you learn the interface, you'll find it responsive, stable, and easy to drill down to the exact settings you are looking for. Overall, this program is a good choice for power or device users who find iwiSoft lacking.

NOTE:  When installing Format Factory, watch out for the bundled toolbar.  It is installed by default if you don't uncheck the box on the first screen of the installer package.

A portable version of this software is also available at LiberKey, which is a superb portable application manager.

 

 

Also recommended:

  • Ultimate Video Converter: Only handles single files, but simplest converter with both iPod and custom settings
  • SGI's Video Converter: More cluttered than the top two, but has "flatter" interface and more conversion options for power users.
  • YouTube Downloader HD:  This program is a gem in the world of YouTube ripping.  It allows you to copy/paste a YouTube link, choose your video quality, and download it to your computer for future viewing.  In the latest version, you can now choose to have it automatically convert the .FLV file to an iPod/iPhone compatible .MP4 file, or an XViD .AVI for playback on many devices.
 
 

Custom-Oriented Picks

If you need to make complex, custom jobs, FFCoder is the standout choice for its coherence. Like most programs in this review, it has an excellent device preset list, the ability to convert multiple files at once, and a simple, sleek interface. Where FFCoder stands out is its support of highly advanced configuration for each of the dozens of video formats and codecs, down to lighting and rendering settings. Despite a few dependencies (listed below) and a steep learning curve for any tweaks past the presets, this is the best converter for almost any power user, device owner or not.

One of my favorite FFCoder features is the Directory Watch.  You can setup FFCoder so that it monitors a folder for files matching a filename pattern, which will be automatically converted using the selected settings.  It can be a bit confusing to set up, however I found I got the best results when setting the wildcard filename pattern to something other than *.* (such as *.avi).

There were two things I didn't like about FFCoder.  The first is that is always creates Start Menu entries in the Administrator account, regardless of which non-admin account is being used to install it.  This is fairly minor though, contrasted with all the powerful features.  The second drawback is that it seems to be less stable on 64-bit Windows systems every now and again.  I ran into .DLL errors and missing presets, which strangely were intermittent problems.  I've spoken with the author and it looks like many of these bugs will be worked out in the next release.

 

Also recommended:

  • SUPER:  Great for small, obscure tweaks. Has a simple but annoying interface. This program is bundled with OpenCandy. See this article for more information.
  • XVID4PSP: Supports very many tweaks. Impossibly fragmented interface. Solid AviSynth support.
 
 

Audio-Only Picks

Pazera Free Audio Extractor is the audio-only program in the above-mentioned Pazera Video Converters Suite. It supports both video and audio input and output to many formats, and is slightly simpler than some of its sibling programs. Otherwise, it is perfectly identical.

 

 

Online Conversion Websites

Video to Mp3 I was asked to checkout a web site converter for Youtube and Dailymotion videos. This site is set up to convert video to four set formats Mp3(128 kbt/s & 256 kbit/s ), flv, mp4 and 3gp.

This is a wonderful idea, but does it work lets see....

I started the test with an Mp3 convert and WOW finished in a matter of seconds and my result was ready to download. Ok lets check out some of these other bad boy options. Next I selected the Mp4 option and clicked the convert button and nothing. EMMM I thought well it is a video conversion so it will take more time. I waited until the next day nothing. After a full 24 hours still nothing. I reloaded the page and recopied the URL started a new convert. After 6 hours nothing and then my browser crashed ooops. I started a third again after 24 hours nothing. I am not saying it wont work for you as different configurations of bandwidth, browsers etc may be different but don't get your hopes up.

Next up the flv now I was thinking that a lot of Youtube video is in format flv so this should be quick but again after 3 days and 3 tests I had 0 results. At least this time my browser did not crash lol. So without much Enthusiasm I tried the 3gp option and hey what you know it worked first time and quite quickly about 30 minutes.

Having said all this if anyone wants a Youtube video in basic no frills mp3 audio from a Youtube video then this is a viable option and simple to use just copy and paste a Youtube URL into box, choice format and click convert and when it is ready download finished product, easy.

 

 

Zamzar is an excellent website when you're on the run.  It doesn't allow you to customize the encoding settings, however it makes up for that somewhat with its portability and flexibility.  If you have a browser with internet access, you have Zamzar.  If you have any file, you can convert it to any other type of file in the same class.  For example, you can convert video files, audio files, photos (ex: .JPG to .PNG), archives (ex: .RAR to .ZIP), documents (ex: .PDF to .DOC), and eBooks (ex: .LIT to .EPUB).  You can even paste a URL (ex: YouTube) and it'll download the embedded video for you and convert it.  Once the conversion is done, they email you a link to download the finished product.

This email-based file retrieval can be either a pro or a con depending on how you look at it.  It's more fuss than there really needs to be in the process, however it gives you the flexibility of converting a Youtube video from a computer where you can't download the content, such as when at work behind a proxy or at a public library.  When you get home, you can then download the finished conversion immediately using the email link.  I first used Zamzar over a year ago, and to this day I have never received unsolicited email from them.

There is a 100MB file limit for free use, but you can upgrade that to 200MB and get about 5GB of online storage if you want to pay their fairly steep monthly prices.  For most users, the free services are more than adequate.

 

 

Tested and not recommended:


To Be Reviewed:

  • Avanti
  • DVDVideoSoft (re-review)
  • Miksoft Mobile Media Converter
  • Mediacoder
  • Motion Man by Blink Solution
  • MeGUI
 
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Quick Selection Guide

Freemake Video Converter
5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Great interface, very flexible, support for almost every type of conversion, easy to use
Bundled toolbar (you can opt out, but it's a multi-click process) Bundled OpenCandy
http://www.freemake.com
4.1.2
1.21 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP/Vista/7, .NET Framework
Pazera Video Converters Suite
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Excellent presets, easy to use, custom profiles
Looks intimidating, separate programs for each output type, no advanced tweaks. Contains unwanted bundled components. Take care to avoid these during the install process.
1.7
21.3 MB
Unrestricted freeware
This product is portable.
NT/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Miro Video Converter
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Brutally easy-to-use device conversion
Only one file at a time, no profile or generic tweaking, only MP4
3.0
425.09 KB
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows and Mac OSX
iWisoft Free Video Converter
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple polished interface, file and preset editing allowed, many device presets
Checks for updates and launches the browser on startup, requires Windows Media Player
1.2.0
8.7 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
NT/2000/XP/Vista/7

Portable version available here.

Format Factory
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Stable with many device presets. Supports all video file formats. Rips DVD's & Music CD's. Very powerful software.
Installer is bundled with a toolbar (you are able to opt out), interface is non-linear and somewhat confusing.
3.2.1.0
58.88 MB
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 and 8 (NET Framework)
FFCoder
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Solid preset list, highly advanced tweaks, sleek interface
Dependencies, no installer
1.3.0.3
38 MB
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista/7
Pazera Free Audio Extractor
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Great presets, supports many input and output formats, easy to use, custom profiles
No advanced tweaks. Contains unwanted bundled components. Take care to avoid these during the install process.
2.8
8.4MB
Unrestricted freeware
This product is portable.
NT/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Handbrake
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Cross-platform, simple interface, good presets, complete features, video quality is excellent, DVD ripping, subtitle support
No preview window in the Windows version, slow encoding (based on settings chosen), output formats limited to MPEG-4 and H.264
http://handbrake.fr/
0.9.9
13.63 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
MacOS 32/64-bit, Windows XP/Vista/7 32-bit, Fedora 15 32/64-bit, Ubuntu

 
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by txtechie on 28. March 2014 - 15:45  (115374)

I have tried many versions of Freemake and they all crash while loading MPEG2(ripped DVD using DVD Shrink) files (4-5 files around 4GB total). I've tried it on two different Windows 7 machines. Both crash. Five stars? Have not tried any of the older versions to see if that solves the issue.
My personal preference is MediaCoder. You must know a little about video formats and should invest some time on the website's Tips and Guides blog.

by Oxa on 13. February 2014 - 3:27  (114440)

I've been using Format Factory for several years and recently updated the software. During installation I was given the option to install the Ask toolbar, which I UNchecked. Despite UNchecking the option, FF installed the insidious toolbar anyway. For some reason, uninstalling the Ask toolbar also uninstalled all my Firefox extensions. Despite having a FF backup, it took me 3 hours to restore all my customizations. Format Factory's brute force installation of the Ask toolbar is cheap and dishonest. I'll never use Format Factory again.

by Frank Broughton on 7. January 2014 - 23:11  (113461)

I just tried using this tool: Video to Video Converter http://www.videotovideo.org/

Looks like it belongs on this list.

Video Converter - Introduction

This is a free video converter. Video to Video converter is a software for converting between various video and audio formats. Today there are a lot of different video and audio formats, different devices support various video formats, therefore in order to watch video and audio material on different devices you need to convert it, which means to adjust it to the device being used.

Video converter which we present is feature-rich and allows you to convert almost all existing formats. It is possible to convert video and audio files to DivX or XviD format for watching movies on TV, HD formats for LCD, Plasma TVs, almost all types of mobile phones, android, iPhone, iPod, iPad, to prepare videos for the internet, conversion/authoring of video DVD formats, QuickTime, convert for uploading to YouTube, various rare and specific codecs etc.

by George.J on 6. January 2014 - 12:29  (113418)

XMedia Recode and XviD4PSP are the best among the ones I've used :D

by Faziri on 3. January 2014 - 22:44  (113393)

My personal top pick is Mediacoder. It has an annoying nag screen when you start it up, but aside from that, it's perfect. Any format to any format, clear interface, full range of options (container, video stream, audio stream with all their tweaks and settings), GPU acceleration where possible, native interface (unlike iWisoft or Freemake for example with their lame custom UI), batch jobs, etc.

Edit: aaaand it turns out you can disable the nag screen, so now Mediacoder has lots of upsides and no downsides at all :3

by snakyjake on 12. March 2014 - 18:01  (114967)

What makes Mediacoder bettern than Freemake?

by bobsco60 on 9. December 2013 - 14:12  (112867)

Tried to download Pazera audio converter / extractor 3 times yesterday and once today, and was never able to do it. I was immediately taken to a page where I could download a free video converter, but that was not what I wanted. On the off chance that the video converter might have the audio converter embedded in it, I installed it, but it did not.

What is the story here ? I am looking for a simple freeware program to convert wav or wma files to varying bitrate mp3 files. Used to use Musicmatch Jukebox, but that is no longer in existence.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Bobsco60

by Anupam on 9. December 2013 - 14:37  (112868)

I was able to download Pazera Audio Extractor from its page without any problems, using the link given in the article. Did you click on the right button? I hope you are using some sort of ad-blocker, because without it, there is a misleading Download button that can be seen, which is just for advertisement. There is however, the real Download button, which is on the top RHS, and if you hover your mouse over it, you can see the link leads to Pazera Audio Extractor download, and below it is the link for portable version.

Other options are
fre:ac - http://www.freac.org/

which is a free audio converter, as well as a CD ripper.

Another is TAudioConverter: http://sourceforge.net/projects/taudioconverter/

by Juxxize on 7. November 2013 - 12:43  (112096)

Thanks for pointing out Zamzar website , I can see that being really useful .

by sicknero on 2. November 2013 - 11:13  (111954)

Sorry but what "unwanted bundled components" come with Pazera? I've used this software for years and wasn't even aware that there's an installer version of it.

It's also had its first update in some time as well, as of a couple of weeks ago.

by webguy on 2. November 2013 - 4:17  (111950)

You might consider testing "Free CUDA Video Converter". I found it on ZDNet but have NOT tried it.

http://www.tucows.com/preview/1476450

by Anupam on 2. November 2013 - 8:59  (111952)

Won't be recommended, I think. One, the free version requires to be connected to the internet in order to work, which should not be like that, neither it's practical. The free version is also a nagware.

by Philo Vance on 27. October 2013 - 3:30  (111789)

I use Freemake and I like it because it's reliable, versatile and easy to use. But those considering it should know that, in addition to the OpenCandy issue discussed in the review, since version 4.0.4, "For promotional reasons an additional video frame with Freemake logo is added at the end of the videos longer than 5 minutes unless Freemake Gold Pack is activated." You can check Freemake's Change Log to verify this for yourself.

In other words, it will watermark the last few seconds of your conversion unless you buy the Gold Pack.

I can live with it, but perhaps not everyone will feel that way.

by pawan kumar on 20. September 2013 - 13:57  (110886)

Can any body help to tell that which software can change the mp3 2 channel to 5.1 channel

[Moderator's note: case changed from uppercase to lowercase]

by Anupam on 20. September 2013 - 14:15  (110887)

It will be appreciated if you post in lowercase, because posting in all uppercase on the internet is considered as shouting.

by MarkinAZ on 5. September 2013 - 8:56  (110535)

Update: Freemake Video Converter Freezes

Version 4.0.4.1 was released and continues to freeze as noted in posts on 2 Sep 2013 and 30 Aug 2013.

by Anupam on 5. September 2013 - 9:00  (110536)

Appreciate your input, but repeated posting here about the issue won't help.

There might be an issue with the files itself that you are trying to convert, and that's why the program crashes.

You should write to Freemake Support by email about the issue, so that they can gather information from you, and help you.

by MarkinAZ on 5. September 2013 - 9:25  (110537)

Got it - too much info.

Freemake was contacted and provided with the files.

by tpg on 5. September 2013 - 10:26  (110541)

Mark ... first, sending the file to the developer is surely the best solution. But another note ... while we all have our favorite software, I advocate that when you find a problem, try to duplicate it with another package. For example, I always keep GSPOT on hand to render video files, so if a problem occurs, I can use GSPOT to verify the file is OK.

Also, with XP, I find that new software can easily interrupt the proper operation of previously loaded packages that always worked before (yes, that can happen in Win-7, but it is more prevalent in XP). To protect against that, I keep a virtual desktop installed w/ XP (and Win-7 ... and Linux) that is always CLEAN and FRESH so I can verify the problem is with the software and not with my desktop environment.

http://download.cnet.com/GSpot/3000-2248_4-10381198.html
https://www.virtualbox.org/

And finally, my apologies if I sound "preachy" ;-)

cheers

tpg

by Anupam on 5. September 2013 - 9:52  (110539)

Thanks for understanding :).

by MarkinAZ on 2. September 2013 - 0:54  (110455)

Update: Freemake Video Converter Freezes

Freemake Video Converter was updated to version 4.0.4.0. It still freezes on this particular Win-XP-SP3 system. It crashes while trying to load the titles from a Video_TS folder ripped to the hard drive. The details are the same as posted 30 Aug 2013.

Good news: There certainly is a link for support now. Either I previously missed the link or it was temporarily missing, because it appears to extend back to at least 19 Jul 2013, probably earlier.

In the past Freemake was very good software, and should continue the tradition once the problems are in the past.

by MarkinAZ on 30. August 2013 - 23:18  (110422)

Issue: Freemake Video Converter Application Window Freezes

Version 4.0.3.2 was installed using the /nocandy switch (nice tip in the editor’s review). A comment (109311 from 16 Jul 2013) noted that for version 3.1.1 failed to opt out for Ask Toolbar. Versions 4.0.3.2 and 3.1.2.0 installed correctly.

The system is Win-XP-SP3 with 4 GB RAM on a 2006 machine with 4 CPUs and no video accelerator card.

Freemake has a Support page with many topics. No forum was located, but an email address is on the Support page. They replied, and they are reviewing the issue and considering an update release.

Here is what was found:

1) Initially, the files were ripped from a protected DVD using the free DVDFab Passkey Lite program (Freemake does not decrypt) to the C: drive with the Video_TS folder and all the Video_TS.IFO, .VOB etc. files present.

2) From the Freemake program the +Video button was clicked, and all the files in the Video_TS folder were selected.

3) Next, a small window appears in front of the main program window listing Title 1 through Title 20. All 20 titles were selected, and then OK was clicked and a processing message / indicator appeared.

4) It appeared the program window froze. The CPU was still running, and clicking on the window only produced a beep. It was no longer possible to drag the window.

5) After waiting for about 10 minutes, the Freemake program was closed using the Task Manager and the End Task button. The CPU usage returned to a normal level.

A few more items were checked to gather more information:

6) The DVD was also ripped with DVDAux (free) but Freemake 4.0.3.2 still froze.

7) Freemake 4.0.3.2 was uninstalled, and fresh copies were downloaded from the Freemake website and re-installed. The PC was also rebooted, but the symptoms still appeared.

8) An older version of Freemake, 3.1.2.0, was installed.

9) This version worked OK. To verify playback the Edit icon was clicked for each of the 20 titles (.VOB files) to briefly verify playback. All were OK.

10) Freemake 3.1.2.0 format conversion from .VOB to .mp4 AAC worked OK.

Version 3.1.2.0 appeared happy with files generated by either DVD ripper while version 4.0.3.2 was not, at least with this older Win-XP system.

by opensourcerevolution on 7. August 2013 - 19:00  (109958)

VidCoder should be on the list for Windows machines, based on Handbrake its a much better version, runs batch processing really well which Handbrake itself seems to constantly struggle with, comes as a portable version also, only requires .net 4 to be installed.
Download directly from the Microsoft Codeplex opensource project site.

by rroberto on 16. July 2013 - 15:18  (109311)

re: Format Factory

As of their latest version 3.1.1., it does no good to opt out of the bundled crapware. You get it anyway, including the Ask Toolbar.

Normally, WinPatrol can stop such unwanted installations. But even rejecting them upon WinPatrol warnings did not stop the crapware from being installed.

Fans of Format Factory should definitely install and learn to use Revo Uninstaller before downloading/installing any Format Factory update.
Then leave time to delete anything that was installed without permission.

It's bad enough to bundle crapware with opt-outs you have to look carefully for -- but far worse to offer opt-outs that are designed to ignore your response...all the while seeking "donations" and paid upgrades.

Under the circumstances, I think this site should reduce the star-rating and overall ranking of Format Factory, regardless of its other attributes.

by tpg on 31. July 2013 - 14:21  (109816)

You are correct ... thanks for bring it to my attention. I have reached out to the author to see if they will fix this issue.

by DavidFB on 12. July 2013 - 4:50  (109155)

The link you have for Super to Afterdawn is not the current version and only downloads a downloader. You can get the full installer directly. This download also triggered none of the crap, though ESET still warned me.

http://www.erightsoft.com/Superdc.html

Afterdawn does however have a useful Guide for using Super and finding some unobvious things, like the menu. And how to view file settings to match the conversion.
http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/introduction_to_super_html.cfm

by tpg on 12. July 2013 - 17:14  (109175)

Thanks for the notice ... I'll fix that.

tpg

by DavidFB on 12. July 2013 - 1:03  (109144)

I've been very happily using iWisoft for occasional conversions. However, today it couldn't read one of a set of TS files. It saw it as 00:00.

I downloaded Freemake, but it included a sea of switches fora toolbar, game, Opencandy, and then noticed it also wants .Net4. I cancelled that one. .Net requires constant updates do I'd rather stick with one version. And not support a product that spams its customers like that.

I'll try FormatFactory next.

by DavidFB on 12. July 2013 - 2:32  (109149)

The FormatFactory download was blocked by my AV program as "potentially unwanted app", probably from reports of unwanted "extras".

by DavidFB on 12. July 2013 - 4:42  (109154)

Wow - ESET AV really doesn't like quite a few of these programs due to the installers they use. After trying a couple of others, I bypassed ESET to get Super installed, a program I've successfully used in the past. I had to deselect 3 different sets of things again! And even after this, it wanted to upgrade immediately. (sigh)

Although Super has a busy interface, its easy when you get the hang of it. I see it also has a built in Recorder now to do pod and webcasting, etc. (recording from your internal mic and webcam)

While slower than iWisoft, it is handling the problem TS file. And it can merge the files afterwards into one file. Ah - I see iWisoft also squashed the video aspect ratio. It didn't do this to other files. In Super, you can double click the file, read its settings and match the output to them if you want a straight conversion. Am re-encoding the files now.

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