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..

 
Discussion

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 Anupam on 30. March 2012 - 10:48  (91422)

Thanks for your thoughts on this one :). May download it to keep it in my repository :D.

by DrBaker on 30. March 2012 - 10:59  (91423)

Thanks for the tip. I've moved this software into the 'To Be Reviewed' category and removed the negative comments until I can review it myself.

by RGS (not verified) on 30. March 2012 - 12:57  (91426)

Hi DrBaker, good work with this article. I've tried some of these converters and I thought I'll share some of my experiences with them. I tried iwisoft video converter which is shown as the recommended converter here. When I used it, I really liked it but if I remember right, it didn't have an option for 2 pass video encoding (though that was about a year ago), so I think that deserves a point deduction (if that feature still isn't there). I tried out Format Factory and tried to remove some black bars from some of my videos but I wasn't at all pleased with the results. The interface wasn't to my taste either. Otherwise it did well and is an all round conversion program. Again this was a year back, but I fell so in love with Freemake's Video converter that I stopped looking for another conversion program. I've been using it from just a month since it was first released and it has kept getting better. Now I use it together with Handbrake. I'd rate Freemake a solid 10 and recommend it as the best converter any day. Gonna try xrecode now.....

by Anupam on 31. March 2012 - 8:06  (91469)

One more.

Free Media Converter : http://www.freemediaconverter.org/

Seems to be new. Site does not have a WOT rating yet.

They just keep cropping up, don't they? :D

by Godlovitch (not verified) on 12. April 2012 - 14:54  (91966)

I'd appreciate a list of conversion software which best handles embedding of *.srt subtitles. I've found the most consistently reliable so far to be Freemake. Any Video Converter does a good job - when it works. While iWiSoft mentions subtitles on their website, I couldn't find the function on the product itself.

It would also be useful to know whether anyone has produced a single piece of software which allows conversion of sub/idx format to *.srt and then enables embedding. So far, I've found the functions quite distinct and require different conversion software. Thanks for your help.
SG

by Muramasa (not verified) on 19. April 2012 - 3:36  (92274)

Hi, I test it and look really good so far. Really fast convertion speeds.

by DrBaker on 22. April 2012 - 1:21  (92401)

Embedding subtitles isn`t something I`m familiar with, but I`ll keep an eye on that feature for future reviews and re-reviews.

As for finding software which converts and then subsequently embeds the subtitles, I am in agreement with you that this is not easily found. I`ve always had to convert the subtitles separately, and I think that there is such a small demand for this functionality that developers don`t spend the time coding it in. It would be nice to see though.

by netcyrax (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 9:48  (92586)

I've found that Mobile Media Converter does a really nice job embedding srt subtitles on video.

http://www.miksoft.net/mobileMediaConverter.php

by DrBaker on 25. April 2012 - 16:03  (92602)

Thanks I'll check it out. I've heard of MikSoft before... can't remember where and I don't recognize any of their 3 products.

For those who visit their website, keep an eye out for false download links. They have quite a few advertisements which look like the 'download' button. I found the real download button at the bottom of the page. It was a grey color.

by qasimmgm (not verified) on 28. April 2012 - 18:58  (92731)

Yes Man, I used Free Media Converter and it is great, now they issued version 2.0 with a great developing steps, it is a media converter, a dvd ripper, a video downloader and a screen recorder.

by tedwest (not verified) on 29. April 2012 - 5:54  (92746)

I'm not familiar with a lot of the programs listed, but I've very familiar with the top three and Format Factory, and the first thing I want to say is that Freemake is much more than a converter. It's also the best and easiest to use video editor for simple editing (without special effects).

In fact, I regard it as the best free editor, period because it's so easy to use, with a straight-forward interface, and an absolutely precise frame selection. No other editor I've used is as precise - they drop a few frames, add noise, etc.

But if you're using Freemake just to convert, it's the best in this category too due to its simplicity and speed.

The drawbacks are several, however, the biggest of which is the nag screen. The reviewer may not have noticed it because it doesn't appear at startup or shutdown, it appears when you process your conversion, and it's especially annoying because they nag you to "like" Freemake on Facebook - and it doesn't go away. Well, maybe it does if you decide to like Freemake, But I refuse to find out because it's so irritating.

There's also a cropping feature that doesn't work which annoys me because if it did, I wouldn't have to do a second processing in Handbrake after editing in Freemake.

Regarding Handbrake, it's great, but get Vidcoder instead. It's a Handbrake shell program that makes the complicated Handbrake somewhat easier to use.

I regard iWisoft and Format Factory to be inferior to the above two for converting, but I would take Format Factory over iWisoft, as I find the latter's conversions to be less sharp and a bit jumpy at times.

Finally, I like XMedia Recode (not mentioned) because there's nothing faster for converting if you aren't making any changes, and it's the only one that handles .WTV, Media Center's video format.I simply take a TV program I've recorded, pass it through XMedia Recode, and it converts an hour program to MPEG, AVI, MP$, etc in about a minute, compared to 15 or twenty minutes or more for other converters.

by AK (not verified) on 30. April 2012 - 16:01  (92816)

My experience was the same as those of Lisa and MemphisGuy (comment 87168). I downloaded the installer from a hosted mirror and went through the installation process very carefully. Despite what Gary 55 and DrBaker say, there was NO option to select or deselect the Ask.com toolbar.

Sure enough, the toolbar installed itself on my system and my browser homepages were all changed to ask.com. I had to manually reverse the latter setting and uninstall the toolbar from Control Panel.

I'm disappointed about this and strongly recommend against installing FormatFactory as a result.

by StevieG21 (not verified) on 30. April 2012 - 18:03  (92820)

I agree that Freemake is an excellent program. It is easy to use and produces great output. My criticisms would be the lack of tweaks and control of the settings. The CUDA encoded output is not that good.

I prefer Mediacoder even though the interface is not as polished and intuitive. The amount of control over audio and video settings is fantastic. It supports CUDA with better control and output than Freemake. It also supports Intel Quick Sync if you have a newer Intel Sandy Bridge processor. The speed of the encodes is fantastic and the quality is quite good, much better than CUDA.

by Allen (not verified) on 30. April 2012 - 18:41  (92823)

The trouble with Freemake and all the converters I have tried is that I lose sync between the video and the audio after conversion. This is unacceptable. I don't know how to fix this issue. Why does audio get out of sync with the video?

by DrBaker on 30. April 2012 - 19:21  (92824)

Allen, this sometimes happens to me too. Previously, I've done a bit of digging into it and have never fully nailed down a solution, although I can recommend a couple things for you to try:

1) Try encoding after a fresh reboot of your computer, with the internet cable disconnected and with no TSR (anti-virus, etc) software running. If this fixes your issue, then you may be dealing with a problem based around lack of system resources. A permanent fix for this would then be to upgrade your hardware and/or drivers.

2) Try using software which lets you specify the output frame rate. In my experience, it's usually 29.97 fps source video that winds up with sync issues, however no matter what your source video frame rate is, try setting your output to 24 fps. This simple trick usually fixes the problem for me. It's not ideal, as you may not actually want that frame rate, however I personally can't normally tell the difference when watching on a TV (movie theatres are usually 24 fps anyways). A permanent fix for this would be to pick a different source video. I'll explain below:

Usually when people try to convert a video, they are converting FROM a source that is not original. So, you might try to convert FROM a .AVI file, TO a .MP4 file for example. All .AVI files are at best, the first encode of an original source, and whoever did that original encode (whoever took the video FROM the DVD, or DV-TAPE for example), may have had issues with their encode, such as dropped keyframes and other audio/video sync precursors. If you can't control your conversion source, then you can't control your conversion output. As a workaround, the 24 fps usually works. When it doesn't, try looking further back and finding the 'original source' video to work with. This is usually frustratingly impossible to get your hands on :)

Hope this helps!

by DrBaker on 30. April 2012 - 19:23  (92825)

I'm going to make a point of testing out Mediacoder in the near future, as it looks really good. It's been on my to-do list for a while. Who knows, maybe it'll finally push the oft-disputed Format Factory down a notch :) ?

thanks for your recommendation!

by DrBaker on 30. April 2012 - 19:30  (92826)

Thanks for the tip about Xmedia Recode. I'll take a personal look at this one, and mention that about the .WTV support...

I hadn't noticed that Freemake doesn't crop well, as I have not had to crop a video recently. I'll see if I get the same problems.

Regarding the 'nag screen' in Freemake, well, I agree that it's annoying to have software constantly displaying advertisements. In my books, this particular case of advertising doesn't detract from the usability, so it's more of an 'opportune advertisement window' than a true 'nag screen' which would by my definition, cause a delay in the user's workflow.

I'll take a look at Vidcoder as well, but I find Handbrake to be quite simple in its current build so I'm not sure we need to simplify it more, since we have so many non-customizable software options at our disposal already. If it simplifies without sacrificing flexibility, then it would definitely be worth mentioning on the page, though.

Thanks

by eric brocklesby on 1. May 2012 - 9:41  (92861)

I downloaded the free maker video converter. Unfortunately when i tried to convert files it crashed every time I tried to convert. Any ideas on how to resolve this problem. Or should I try one of your other great finds.
eric

by tedwest (not verified) on 1. May 2012 - 21:04  (92870)

I agree that the Freemake nag screen doesn't hinder functionality, but it greatly hinders MY functionality.It's outrageous that they would nag you to like them and not let you dismiss it once and for all, so I use a version that predates their nagging. It also has the advantage of being able to scroll the conversion choices individually.

I don't consider Handbrake to be all that simple, but Vidcorder gives it a more ordered feel. I believe that if you try it, you won't go back to Handbrake standalone, but maybe it's just me.

About XMedia Recode, there is no faster converter if you are simply going from one format to another and keeping all other settings intact, just set the video and audio tabs to "copy." It's when you add effects or change video bitrates that it slows to "normal." Since I need to use several freeware programs to get from DVD or .WTV to an edited 1500 MP4, XMedia Recode does the initial conversion faster than anything. And since it also does just audio conversions very fast, it's become my program of choice.

But there's a big caveat... I always keeps five versions in reserve because, amazingly, each new update seems to have bugs that affect previously functioning features. For example, in 3096, I couldn't isolate a segment from a DVD track, it would only copy the entire track, despite 3094 being able to isolate the segment just fine.

Oh, and XMedia will sometimes not present all the DVD tracks for ripping, just what it considers the main one.

One other problem with XMedia Recode, as with most converters, is that you can't edit a segment precisely - or even close to precisely. What makes this especially annoying with XMedia is that you can crop precisely which slows the conversion process to what's normal for other converters, and then you still need to use another program for a final edit, and still another for cropping, so my regimen is XMedia Recode (really fast converting - Freemake (fast, precise editing) - Vidcoder-Handbrake (bitrate reduction and cropping_.

by Kipster on 6. May 2012 - 0:49  (93085)

This is a very common problem. If you download a lot of YouTube, you'll see this more often than not.
iWisoft Free Video Converter allows you to correct this.
After you add the file, right click the file, select Advanced.
You'll see the option to offset the audio. Usually 500ms will be about right.

by djj01 on 12. May 2012 - 7:30  (93384)

Just a quick note on the 'Freemake video converter'. It appears to need .NET to work. As this fact is included in the Format Factory info', perhaps also for the Freemake?

by DrBaker on 17. May 2012 - 0:52  (93571)

Great tip, but now I'm sort of wondering...

What do you think about the need to mention this requirement?

.NET framework.. is this really a negative point?

by Anupam on 17. May 2012 - 5:38  (93588)

Some do consider it a negative point. Can be understood, because of the heavy disk size these .NET frameworks take up. So, some do not like this.

However, some think that installing .NET frameworks makes their system slow, which is a myth.

by DrBaker on 18. May 2012 - 0:25  (93626)

I've added the note about Freemake requiring .NET, as some users may appreciate it.

by Anupam on 18. May 2012 - 6:05  (93636)

Great :).
Anyways, if a program has any such requirement of anything extra installed for it to function properly, then it should be mentioned in the review. This holds true for across the site.

by Jaeson (not verified) on 15. June 2012 - 3:09  (94891)

I just used Format Factory to convert an AVI into a MOV. Unfortately, it turned the 29.97 fps un-interlaced AVI and turned it into a 25 fps .mov, with interlacing.

Couldn't find any settings to adjust that, but I might just be missing them.

by DrBaker on 15. June 2012 - 3:40  (94894)

Try this:

After clicking on "All to MOV", you should see a window pop up where you can drag'n'drop the source files into the queue.

From here, click OUTPUT SETTINGS.

Read through the list of settings in the resulting dialog box. You should see FPS, which will be defaulted to 24. You can choose 29.97 from the drop-down-menu. The default value here will depend on what encoding profile you have selected.

To output a non-interlaced video, try clicking on ADVANCED, and then choosing YES for the DEINTERLACE toggle.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know how you made out

by Dbuck53 (not verified) on 17. June 2012 - 20:10  (95020)

Freemake Video Converter now comes bundled with Open Candy. This will make your computer grow fat and rot its teeth! I guess I will try the comand-line start with the /nocandy switch.

by Dbuck53 (not verified) on 17. June 2012 - 20:51  (95023)

The /nocandy switch works fine. The Open Candy "I agree" statement still appears on the install window, but I saw and found no trace of it on my system after the installation. I did it this way:

Click on start, run, then browse to navigate to the install file. Select the file and click open and it appears in the run command window. Click on the file name in the run window and add (space)/nocandy at the end, after the quote mark like this:

"C:\My Downloads\FreemakeVideoConverter_3.0.2.12.exe" /nocandy Click run and install normally, being sure to deselect the tool bar and search location change options.

by DrBaker on 18. June 2012 - 6:31  (95041)

Thanks for finding this. It appears that they have changed their installer file, without updating the actual software version. I can confirm that it now includes OpenCandy, which in my opinion is a negative point against the developer. It's a shame that this software is so functional.

I'm going to update the review now, to reflect this new knowledge and in accordance with the site's OpenCandy policy.

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