Anyone who works with videos will require a video downloader, a free video converter and compressor among other tools. Given the plethora of video formats, limits on sizes of videos you can upload and the compatibility issues across operating systems as well as specific devices, you need to find the best free video converter, downloader, compressor and perhaps also an extension so you can get your job done easily and more efficiently.
Part 1. Online Free Video Converters
Here are five online free video converter applications that you may consider.
1. Wondershare Online UniConverter
Wondershare Online UniConverter is available for both Windows and Mac. It is one of the best free online audio/video converters, editor, compressor, screencaster, and mixer. It supports more than 100 types of file formats, including MP3, MP4, OGG, VLC, MOV, AAC, WAV, and more. The software not only edits a file, but while editing/trimming, it also reduces the file size to save your PC memory. Also, the audio trimmer is considered to be the fastest audio trimmer.
Zamzar is a free video converter that you can use entirely online. However, the tool actually emails you the converted video. Free interfaces often don’t fare well on security measures and that may be a concern with Zamzar as well. The application scores really well in terms of the video formats it can work with and the devices its output formats are compatible with.
Convert.Files can work with 3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MPEG, MPG, RM, VOB, WMV, M2T, M2TS, MTS and MOD. It can convert these video files to almost all popular video formats including 3GP, AVI, MOV, WMV, M4V, AMV, FLV, MP4, MPEG, VOB, MKV and ASF. The application is not among the most efficient and there are no enhancement tools or edit suite but it gets the basic job done.
Online-convert.com lets you convert videos to 3G2, 3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, OGG, WMV and WEBM. You can also convert videos specifically for Android phones, iOS devices iPhone and iPod, BlackBerry devices and Nintendo consoles. There are many video formats not covered by Online-Convert. The online interface doesn’t provide any edit suite or tools that can assist you in conversion quality or compression.
5. Free Online Video Converter
Free online Video Converter has no limits to how many videos you can convert. It supports most video formats popular at the moment and there is a desktop version as well. It is one of the more feature rich free video converter among the free online tools.
Part 2. Free Video Converter for Windows/Mac
Here are some of the best free video converters for Windows and Mac.
1. Wondershare UniConverter
UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) enables you to convert more than 1,000 video and audio formats. It also supports a wide range of video conversions such as WEBM to MP4, TS to MP4, MP4 to MPEG, AVI to MOV.
2. Clone2Go Free Video Converter (Windows/Mac)
Clone2Go Free Video Converter is a free tool. This is a video downloader, free video converter and you can also convert HD videos. It supports the popular video formats but not the quaint or odd ones.
3. iWisoft Free Video Converter (Windows)
iWisoft Free Video Converter is a completely free video converter. You can convert unlimited videos including HD movies. You can also convert audio and image. You can convert device specific formats for iPod or iPhone, BlackBerry and Android among others. The free video converter also allows you to edit the videos including cropping, splitting, clipping, and merging.
4. DivX Converter (Windows/Mac)
DivX Converter is a free video converter that can convert high quality videos for a number of different devices and video playback applications. You cannot work with all formats though. Editing too is limited to audio.
5. HandBrake (Windows/Mac)
HandBrake is a free video converter that works with .MP4 or .M4V and .MKV, video encoders including (x265 and QuickSync), MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, (x264 and QuickSync), VP8 and Theora as well as audio encoders including MP3, AC3, Flac and AAC / HE-AAC. It is a simple tool with live preview and the queuing tray for batch conversions is certainly nice. But the conversion process is slow, the live preview is for up to four minutes of a video and it doesn’t support all video formats.
Part 3. Free Extension for Chrome/Firefox/Safari
Here are some free video converter extensions that will allow you to convert videos on the sites itself.
TamperMonkey is a Chrome extension. The widget is simple enough to install and easy to find. The conversion works only for some videos though.
ClipChamp is a Chrome extension that can convert, compress and record video. It is one of the better extensions for Chrome.
CloudConvert is a free Chrome extension that can work with more than two hundred audio and video formats.
Wondershare UniConverter is, without doubt, the most sought-after program to convert video and audio files with lossless quality. It’s excitingly easy to use and runs smoothly on both Mac and Windows computers. That said, Wondershare UniConverter works with all video and audio formats, including MP4, VOB, MKV, MP3, FLAC, FLV, and many others. For video formats, you can opt to convert files to a device-optimized format like iPad Air, iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC One, etc.