Have you downloaded a movie from the Internet in a "strange" format and are unable to view it on your living room DVD player? Have you transferred your favorite videos to your mobile, but when you try to open them, you get an error message? Under the circumstances, I would say that you have landed on the right guide at the right time. In fact, with this tutorial of mine today, I really want to explain to you how to convert videos, in order to solve video compatibility problems on all your devices.
I anticipate right away that, contrary to what you might think, it is an extremely simple operation and to perform which it is absolutely not necessary to be an expert in IT and new technologies. What you need are special computer programs, available for Windows and macOS (as well as for Linux), or, if you intend to act as a smartphone and tablet, some ad hoc apps, usable on both Android and iOS / iPadOS.
Then? May I know what are you still standing there? Make yourself comfortable, take a few minutes of free time just for you and start concentrating on reading what is reported below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that, even, if necessary, you will be ready to provide useful tips on what to do to all your friends. Let it bet?
How to Convert Video for Free
If you are looking for some program that allows you to convertire i video gratis, acting from Windows, MacOS o Linux, I can not help but suggest you try the resources that you find listed below. They are all very easy to use, don't worry.
HandBrake (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
The first software that I recommend you to consider, to perform the operation object of this guide, is HandBrake. It is a free and open source tool for Windows, macOS and Linux, which allows you to convertire i video in MP4 and in many other formats, optimizing them for viewing on computers, Android devices, iPhone, iPad and many other devices. Note that it is also known for its ability to “rip” (unprotected) DVDs.
To download the program on your computer, go to its website and click on the link Download (64 bit) placed under the windows flag (if you are using Windows) or on that Download (Intel 64bit) placed under theFinder icon (If you are using MacOS).
Once downloaded, if you are using Windows, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window it is shown to you on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes e Next. Then press on the buttons I Agree e install and finish the setup by clicking on the button Finish. Then, start the program by selecting the relevant one collegamento which was added to the desktop.
Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'HandBrake icon in the folder Applications macOS, then right-click on it and select the item apri twice in a row, in order to open the program going around the limitations that Apple imposes on non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).
Now, regardless of the operating system in use, drag the video you want to convert into the HandBrake window, click the button Presets located at the top right and, from the menu that appears, select the device on which you want to play the movie or, alternatively, choose a generic profile.
Please note that the output file format is set according to the selected profile. If you want, however, you can select the one you prefer, using the drop-down menu Format that you find in the card Summary in the center of the window. Also from the central part of the window, you can adjust the settings related to audio, subtitles, codecs, etc.
To conclude, click on the button KATEGORIEN located at the bottom, specify the location on your computer where you want to save the converted video and press the button Startat the top left to start the conversion.
Adapter (Windows / MacOS)
Another software that you can consider using to convert videos on your computer is Adapter. In case you have never heard of it, it is a free program for Windows and macOS that, in fact, allows you to convert movies, supporting many different file formats in and out. It is characterized by its well-finished user interface and by the fact that it is particularly intuitive.
To download the program on your PC, go to its official website and click on the button Download Adapter located at the top of the page.
A scaricamento ultimato, is stai using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window that is shown on the screen, click on the button Yes. In segito, prei sui bottoni OK e Next, check the box next to the wording I accept the agrement and click to lock your button Next (for 6 times in a row). Finally, press the buttons install e Finish. Keep in mind that, during the installation process, they will be downloaded and installed as well FFMPEG (essential for the proper functioning of the program) e VLC (a famous multimedia player that I told you about in detail in my dedicated tutorial).
Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg ottenuto, trascina l 'program icon in the folder Applications on your Mac, right-click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears. Then, click on the button apri in the window that has opened, in such a way as to start Adapter, however, going around the limitations of Apple against non-certified developers (operation that must be performed only at the first start). Even then, you may see a warning about the download of FFMPEG.
Now that you see the main window of the software on the screen, drag over the videos you want to convert, then click on the menu below, select the item Video category reference and the format or device in output.
If you deem it necessary, you can also decide to make further changes to the characteristics of the final file by clicking on the button with thegear located at the bottom right and intervening on the options present in correspondence with the sections Video, Resolution, Audio etc.
To conclude, click on your button Convert, located at the bottom right, and waits for the conversion procedure to start and complete. By default, the final file is saved in the same location as the original file. If you wish, however, you can select a different output folder by adjusting the options found in the section Custom.
Mobile Media Converter (Windows/macOS/Linux)
Mobile Media Converter is a free program to convert videos to Windows, which can be used without having to perform any installation. It is very easy to use, supports all popular multimedia formats and its user interface is simple and intuitive. Note that it would actually also be available for MacOS (and for Linux), but these are very dated versions that I advise against using, as it could give more than a few problems.
Having said that, to download the program on your PC, go to its official website, click on the button first Download now which is located in the center and then on the item portable which, instead, you find under the heading Download for Windows.
Once the download is complete, start the file .exe obtained and wait for the program window to appear on the desktop, then drag the video you want to convert over it and choose one of the output formats available in the drop-down menu Conversion to.
Finally, click on the button (...), select the folder in which to save the videos when the conversion is complete and start the procedure by pressing the button Convert.
If, before starting the conversion, you want to define the quality of the output file and / or customize the parameters of the final movie in a more advanced way, click on the arrow which is located at the bottom right and, in the first case, make your choice from the drop-down menu Quality, while in the second press on the button Advanced and act on the options available in the additional window that opens.
How to Convert Video to MP3
If you have the need to convertire i video in MP3 or in any other audio format, maybe because you made a movie during the last concert you attended and you want to keep only the musical part, I inform you that it is feasible and, moreover, it is also quite simple to perform .
To do this, you can use some of the resources I have indicated above or, if you prefer, specific programs. If you want to learn more, you can read my guides dedicated specifically to how to convert a video to MP3 and how to extract audio from a video.
How to Convert Videos Online
You don't want or can't download new programs to your computer and would like to know if any tools exist for convertire and online video? The answer is yes. For example, you can rely on the use of the 123apps Video Converter.
It is a free web service that does not require registration and works from any browser and operating system. It allows you to upload files with a maximum weight of 2 GB and once the conversion procedure is completed, all data is removed from the company's servers within a few hours (thus protecting users' privacy).
To use the service, go to its home page, click on the button Open file and select from your computer the video you wish to act on. If the video is online, click on the icon chain and provide the relevant link. If, however, it is on your account Google Drive o dropbox, you can load it directly from there, by first pressing on the appropriate buttons.
Once uploaded, select the output format you prefer by clicking on the reference button you find in the tab Video. If you want to set a different resolution for the output file, then click on the drop-down menu next to the item Resolution and make your choice from there. If you wish, you can also change the audio and video codecs and the approximate size of the final file by first pressing the button Settings.
Per concludere, premium pulsating Converted and, at the end of the procedure, you can download the converted video on your computer by clicking on the link Download. If you want, you can also save the movie on Google Drive or Dropbox, by selecting the relevant links.
Video Converting App
Looking for app to convert videos, so that you can change the format of your movies directly from your smartphone or tablet? Then I strongly suggest you contact the ones I have reported below. They are available for both Android that for iOS/iPadOS.
Media Converter (Android)
Stai using a smartphone or tablet Android, I invite you to try the app Media converter. It is free, easy to use and allows you to convert video files to any format and adjust the settings of the output file.
For scaricare the app on your device, visit the relative section of the Play Store and click on the button Install. Then, start the app by pressing the button apri comparso sullo schermo oppure selecting the relative icon which was added to the drawer.
Once the main screen of Media Converter is displayed, select the location on your device where the video to be converted is saved, press the button Expert mode, choose a conversion profile from the drop-down menu Output Profile and make any other customizations related to duration, quality, audio, etc. through the available options.
Per concludere, premium pulsating Convert. Note that, by default, the final file will be saved in the same location as the original file. If you want, however, before starting the conversion, you can choose a different position by pressing the button Change located next to the item Save to.
The Video Converter (iOS)
Stai using a device iOS / iPadOS, I suggest you rely on the application named The Video Converter. It's free, easy to use, and allows you to convert all major video file formats. The only thing to keep in mind is that, to select some output formats, you need to subscribe to the appropriate pass through in-app purchases (at a cost of 4,49 euros).
To download the application on your device, visit the relevant section of the App Store, press the button Get e poi quello Install. Then authorize the download via Face ID, touch ID o password dell'ID Apple. Once the download is complete, start the app by pressing the button apri oppure selecting the relative icon which has been added to the home screen.
Once the main application screen is displayed, select the location or app where the video file of your interest is saved, choose the output format you prefer from the drop-down menu A and tap the button Converted. Finally, it indicates where to save the final file.
How to Convert Videos for Instagram
If you need to share a video in a post on Instagram., in the stories or through Direct or, again, if you are having problems related to the format, you can use one of the video converters that I have reported to you in the previous lines. The video formats supported by Instagram are all those that can be played by most mobile devices (eg. MP4).
That said, if you need some advice regarding the procedure to be implemented for sharing, I suggest you read my guide specifically dedicated to how to share videos on Instagram.
How to Convert Videos for WhatsApp
For WhatsApp, converting the videos can be a useful operation if, trying to insert a movie in the stories, you encounter compatibility problems related to the chosen format, or errors are found during sharing in chat.
Even in this case, to face the situation, you can rely on the converters that I have already reported to you in the previous lines. The formats supported by the famous messaging app are all those that, as a rule, smartphones and tablets are able to play.
For more information on sharing videos, you can refer to my guide specifically focused on how to share a video on WhatsApp.