Have you downloaded videos while surfing the net but are unable to view them correctly on your Smart TV or on your tablet? Don't despair. There are many free converters available on the Internet that allow you to solve problems of this kind in a jiffy. If the topic interests you (and given the circumstances I would say yes), position yourself comfortably in front of your trusty computer and immediately start concentrating on reading this article of mine dedicated precisely to the topic.
In the following lines I have in fact reported some of the most interesting programs used for this purpose and to explain to you how to change video format using them. I assure you that it is not difficult, indeed it is one of the easiest things in this world: all you have to do is select the movies to convert, choose the desired output format and press the button to start the conversion. That's all!
All the software we are about to talk about - there are both for Windows and for Mac - support AVI files, MKV files, videos in Windows Media format and many other types of multimedia files. Some of them even allow you to “rip” DVDs and extract audio from videos: what more could you want?
The first converter I recommend you use is HandBrake. If you need to convert your videos to watch them on iPhone, iPad or other portable devices or want to “rip” DVD to MP4 / MKV files, don't think twice and try it now. It is free and open source and works on Windows, Mac and Linux.
To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the button Download HandBrake.
If you are using Windows, when the download is complete, open the installation package HandBrake-xx-Win GUI.exe just obtained and click in sequence on Si, its Next, its I Agree, its install and Finish to finish the setup. Then start the software by double clicking on the related shortcut that has been added to the desktop.
If you are using a Mac instead, open the .dmg package that contains the software and copy its icon to the folder Applications of macOS. Then right click on it and select apri for two consecutive times, in order to start the program, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple against unauthorized developers.
At this point, drag the video you want to convert into the program window, indicate the location in which to save the output file by clicking on the button Browse/Browse…, select one of the conversion profiles available in the right sidebar and press the button Start Encode/Start to start movie processing. If you don't see the sidebar with conversion profiles, click the button Presets/Toggle presets located at the top right.
If you do not want to use one of the predefined profiles but prefer to set the last format of the video and adjust all the other settings relating to audio, compression and so on, use the appropriate options and menus that you find in the center of the window. If you want, you can also choose the audio tracks and subtitles to include in the output video by selecting the appropriate HandBrake tabs.
If you are looking for a viable alternative to the above program, I suggest you put it to the test Adapter, a free software to change video formats on both Windows and Mac that has an extremely intuitive user interface and support for many different file formats. You can use it to create videos optimized for smartphones and tablets, videos to burn to DVDs, image sequences and even to extract audio from videos.
To download Adapter on your computer, connect to its official website and click on the button Download Adapter.
Once the download is complete, if you are using Windows, open the file Adapter-2.1.2.exe obtained, click on Run, its Si, its OK and Next. Select quindi la voce I accept the agreement then press again on Next six times, come on install e porta a finish il setup by pigging your Finish. During the installation procedure they will be downloaded and installed as well FFMPEG (necessary for the program to function correctly) e VLC (well-known multimedia player that can come in handy for playing converted videos and more).
If, on the other hand, what you are using is a Mac, open the .dmg package that contains the software and drag its icon to the folder Applications of macOS. Then right click on it and select apri for two consecutive times, in order to start the program, however, going around Apple's limitations against unauthorized developers. Then click on the button Continue and wait for the free application to be downloaded from the Internet FFMPEG (necessary for converter operation).
Now, regardless of the operating system used, drag the video to convert into the program window, select the desired output format from the menu Video which is located at the bottom and presses the button Convert to start the file transformation.
If before starting the conversion procedure you want to change the output folder of the video (which by default is the same as the source file), click on the tab Custom in the section Direcotry placed on the right, presses on the barrel KATEGORIEN and specify the reference path.
Any Video Converter (Windows/Mac)
Any Video Converter is a nice free program, usable on both Windows and Mac, thanks to which you can change video format by selecting one of the many supported, including AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, DVD, WebM and MP3 . It also allows you to create movies compatible with iPad, iPod, iPhone, Android, PSP and other portable devices. As for the interface, it is simple and highly understandable. In short, why not try it now?
To use it, connect to the program's website and click on the button free Download which is on the right, so as to start downloading immediately. When the download is complete, open the file avc-free.exe just obtained, click on Si, its Install now! and, in conclusion, his Start now!.
If instead what you are using is a Mac, connected to this other page of the program's website, click on free Download, open the .dmg package you just downloaded and drag the program icon to the folder Applications of macOS. Then right click on it and select apri twice in a row, so as to start Any Video Converter, however, going around Apple's restrictions on non-blessed developers.
Now, regardless of the operating system used, click on the button Add or drag files here and select the movie you are interested in going to act on. Then use the drop-down menu located at the top right to select the output format or the device on which you intend to transfer the movie and press the button Converted! which is always at the top right.
By default the video files will be saved in the folder Any Video Converter present in that Video Of computer. If you want to set a custom destination location, click on thegear located in the upper right part of the program window, click on the button Sofglia next to the item Set destination folder and select it from there.
If, before converting your video to a given format or for a given device, you prefer to personally modify the audio and video parameters, expand the relevant tabs on the left and adjust the available options as you think is most appropriate.
Video to Video Converter (Windows)
Another great video format changing tool you can appeal to is Video to Video Converter which compared to the other software mentioned in this post has the advantage of being portable, that is, it can be downloaded and run directly (from the PC or from a USB stick) without facing tedious installation processes. It also supports all popular video file formats and allows you to adjust even the most advanced parameters of the output movies, such as frame size and bitrate. It's free and it's only for Windows.
To download Video to Video Converter on your PC, connect to its website and click the button first Download and then on the voice Click here to download ZIP archive.
Then open the ZIP archive that contains the software and extract the contents to any folder. At this point, launch the executable vv.execlick your Run, Choose Italian from the menu for language selection and presses the button OK to display the converter main screen.
Now, drag the videos to convert to the window that opened and select the output format you want to convert them to. You can choose from many different conversion profiles: the generic ones that are grouped in the tab Video profiles, those for Apple and Android devices accessible from the cards of the same name and those for other peripherals as well as online publication on YouTube.
Once you have chosen the profile that best suits your needs, set the parameters of the output videos (bitrate, quality, etc.) from the menu located on the right and start converting the videos by clicking on the button first. OK and then Converted.
If before proceeding you want to change the destination location of the final file (which by default is the one where the program's executable is located), click on the button with the folder that is at the bottom and make your choice from there.
Format Factory (Windows)
In an article focusing on how to change video format it is practically impossible not to mention the name Format Facotry. It is in fact a free and specific software for Windows operating systems that is able to work with many different formats and to extract audio tracks from movies. It has a nice and intuitive user interface and offers a bunch of useful options.
To download the program to your computer, go to its download page and click on the link Download Format Factory xx (direct link).
A download completo, apri il file FFSetupx.xxxexe obtained, click on Yes come on Install then finish the setup by pressing on end. Remove the checkbox for installing extra programs and features and click OK.
Now, drag the video you want to convert into the software window and select the target format or device type from the additional window that appears.
Then define the destination folder of the output file by clicking the button Modification at the bottom (by default it is the same as the source file), customize further (if you want) the characteristics of the final file by clicking on Settings and click sul bottone OK.
Finally, start the conversion procedure by pressing the button vai that you find at the top of the main window of the program and wait for the operation to be started and completed. Easier than that?
Mobile Media Converter (Windows)
Another great little program that I invite you to consider to be able to change video format is Mobile Media Converter. This is a small but very powerful software for Windows operating systems used for converting video files (and not only) that supports all those that are the most popular formats. It is available in both standard and portable versions (the one I used to write this step) and it's free.
To use it, connect to the download page of the program and click on the button Download now. which is in the center. Then click on the link portable present under the heading Download for Windows and wait for the download procedure to be started and completed.
Once the download is complete, start the file Mobile Media Converter xxx Portable.exe just got it. Then drag the video file you want to convert into the program window and use the drop-down menu below the wording Conversion to: to select the target format.
Therefore indicate the folder in which to save the output file (by default it is the same as the source file) by clicking on the button [...] present in corrispondenza della voce Output File / Folder: and start the conversine process by pressing the button Convert! down. At the end of the process click on OK.