Do you need to convert a video to be able to watch it on your tablet or smartphone? Would you like to "rip" a DVD, in order to create a backup copy to keep on your PC but you don't know which program to rely on? Don't worry, today I'll give you a hand to find out how to do it. Indeed, the excellent free software that I am about to recommend will give it to you.
Yes, you read that right! All you need is a good one video converter, that is a software through which to optimize your movies for mobile devices, "rip" your DVDs or convert videos you have downloaded from the Internet into standard video DVDs that can be played with all common living room players, and there are lots of them for free! All you have to do is find the one that best suits your needs and use it.
Below are the names of some of the best converters available for Windows, macOS and Linux, links to download them and detailed instructions on how to use them. I would say that you really have no more excuses to complain about the incompatibility of your videos with your tablet or your living room DVD player! Everything you need is right below, free and just a click away. Yes may he know that you are still standing there? What are you waiting for to take advantage of it?
Video to Video Converter (Windows)
Let's start with Video to Video Converter, an excellent converter for Windows that can be used at no cost without facing tedious installation procedures: you download, extract it to any folder and you're done! It supports all major multimedia file formats, creates videos optimized for portable devices and allows you to fine-tune all the settings of the output files. It allows you to change the resolution of the videos, their bitrate and even choose which audio track to keep, in the case of movies with multi-track audio.
To download Video to Video Converter on your PC, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button first Download and then on the voice Click here to download ZIP archive present on the page that opens. When the download is complete, then open the zip archive you just downloaded, extract the contents in any folder and start the executable vv.exe. In the window that opens, select theItalian from the drop-down menu for choosing the language, click on the button OK and drag the video to convert to the main screen of the program.
Yes will open a box with the list of all available output formats: in the tab Video profiles find generic file types (eg AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV); in Apple, Android, Mobile, Sony e BlackBerry find options to create videos optimized for smartphones and tablets, while in Other peripherals e HDTV there are file formats that are ideal for other types of devices (e.g. video game consoles, Smart TVs, media players, etc.). There is also a card for making videos optimized for YouTube and one, called Audio profile, which allows you to convert videos to MP3 or other audio file formats.
Once you have selected one of the available formats, adjust, if you want, the parameters of the output files using the options in the right sidebar and start the video conversion by first clicking on the button OK and then Converted. To change the destination folder for converted movies (which is normally the Videooutput located in the path where the program was extracted) click on the icon gialla poster which is located at the bottom right.
VideoProc (Windows / MacOS)
VideoProc is a video processing program that allows, through its extremely intuitive interface, to modify all the main video file formats, including 4K / UHD and DVD, without the need for third-party codecs. It includes functions to convert, cut, edit, resize, record, download and apply effects to videos and allows you to export everything very quickly, thanks to the hardware acceleration support of the most popular video cards (NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 and higher, Intel HD Graphics 2000 and above and AMD Radeon HD 7700 series and above).
The program is compatible with both Windows that with MacOS and you can try it for free, in a version that converts only the first 5 minutes of each video: to eliminate this limitation, a license must be purchased at the cost of 24,95 euro / year o € 37,95 one-off (which become 52,95 € for the lifetime license intended for 2-5 PCs). Having said that, to get the trial version of the software, connect to its official website and click on the button Free download, which is located in the center.
When the download is complete, if you use Windows, start the file .exe just obtained and, in the window that opens, first click on the button Yes and then install. Wait, therefore, for the software installation procedure to be completed and click on the button Launch, to close the window and start VideoProc.
I invented a Poppy, april il package .dmg obtained and drag the program icon to the folder Applications macOS: that's all! Next, start VideoProc by selecting its icon from the Launchpad and respond apri the warning that appears on the screen (this is only necessary at first start).
Now, regardless of the operating system you use, click on the button Remind me later, to use the trial version of VideoProc, or, if you have purchased the program license, enter e-mail e code in the appropriate text fields and click on the button Activate, in order to activate your copy and use the full version of the software.
At this point, to convert a video with VideoProc, click on the button Video present in the main menu of the application and drag the movie of your interest into the window that opens. Alternatively, click on the button + Video, located at the top left, and select the file "manually".
Once this is done, use the tabs below to select the format to convert the video to (in Popular there are the most popular formats, in Video all video file formats, in Device video formats intended for certain devices, while in Music there are only audio formats, to extract the audio track from the selected video), click on the button KATEGORIEN (in the right sidebar) to choose the destination folder of the movie and finally press the button RUN (bottom right), to start the conversion. To speed up the process and take advantage of the hardware acceleration of the video card, make sure there is a check mark next to the entry Nvidia / Intel / AMD (always in the right sidebar), otherwise you put it on.
Before converting a video, you can also edit it, using the buttons under its thumbnail (Effect, to apply effects; Watermark, to imprint a writing or a logo; Cut, to cut scenes; Crop, to cut out the picture; Rotate, to rotate the movie or Subtitle, to add subtitles) and adjust the output parameters in an advanced way (e.g. bitrate, framerate, aspect ratio etc.), by clicking on theicona dell'ingranaggio always present next to the video thumbnail.
Your intention is convert a DVD in a video file? In this case, go back to the VideoProc start menu and click on the button DVD. Then insert the DVD of your interest in the player connected to the PC and click on the button Disc, which is located at the top left.
In the window that opens, select thedrive that contains the DVD via the drop-down menu, check the box Auto Detect (if necessary) and click on the button Done, at the bottom right, to start importing all the titles from which the disk is made into VideoProc.
At this point, all you have to do is put the check mark next to the titles to convert (automatically, VideoProc selects the main titles of the DVD, which should be those containing films and episodes of the series). After that, select the language of audio e subtitles to "rip", using the drop-down menus located next to each title, and select the output format you want to obtain, through the tabs located below.
Finally, select the destination folder for the video by clicking on the button KATEGORIEN present in the right sidebar, make sure there is a check in the box Nvidia / Intel / AMD (to activate hardware acceleration) and finally click on the button RUNat the bottom right to start the DVD conversion.
If you want, before converting a DVD, you can also edit it by clicking on the button Edit placed next to each title, or select the chapters to "rip" by clicking on the button Chapters. Convenient, right?
Mobile Media Converter (Windows)
Mobile Media Converter is another video converter for Windows that can be used in portable mode (thus without facing tedious installation processes). It has a few less features than Video to Video Converter but is equally simple to use and supports all major media file formats: AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MOV, 3GP etc.
To download Mobile Media Converter on your PC, connect to its official website and click on the button first Download now and then on the voice portable present in the center of the page that opens. Then start the executable Mobile Media Converter xx Portable.exe, drag the videos you want to convert into the program window and choose one of the available output formats in the drop-down menu Conversion to.
Per conclusdere, pigia sul pulsating (...), select the folder to save the converted videos and start the file conversion process by clicking the button Convert. If you want to customize the output parameters in a more advanced way, first click on arrow located at the bottom right and then on the button Advanced.
Adapter (Windows / MacOS)
Adapter is a video converter free based on FFMPEG, well-known open source software for processing multimedia files. It supports all major video file formats, both incoming and outgoing, and includes several interesting features, such as inserting watermarks, subtitles and additional audio tracks in converted movies. Its only flaw is that it doesn't let you choose which audio tracks to keep in multi-track audio videos (it only converts the main track).
The software is available for both Windows and macOS, where it is by far the best converter in the free field. Do you want to know how to download it to your computer? No problem. Connect to the program's website and click on the item Windows or your voice Poppy, depending on the operating system you use.
After that, if you are using a Windows PC, open the file Adapter_Setup_xx.exe you just downloaded, click the buttons Yes, OK e Next and metti il segno di spunta accanto alla voce I accept the agreement. Then press on Next for six consecutive times, leave the check mark next to the items relating to the download of FFMPEG and VLC (two free software necessary for the operation of the converter), and complete the setup by clicking on install, Next e Finish. If the VLC media player is not yet present on your computer, you will also need to install it (always click on Forward / Next).
On Mac, the Adapter installation procedure is much simpler. All you have to do is open the dmg package you downloaded from the program's website and drag the icon it contains into the folder Applications of macOS. Then you have to right-click on the Adapter icon (the one you dragged into the applications folder) and start the program by clicking on the item apri per due turn consecutive.
At the first start of the Adapter you will be asked to download FFMPEG. Click on the button Continue to accept and wait a few seconds for the procedure to be completed. Then drag the video to convert into the main window of the software, go to the drop-down menu located at the bottom center and select the output format you prefer: in Video > General find all generic file formats (eg. AVI, MP4, WMV) while selecting options Apple, Tablets, Nintendo etc. you can get videos optimized for various models of smartphones, tablets and video game consoles.
To adjust the parameters of the output videos in detail, press the icon of thegear that you see at the bottom left and use the options that appear in the sidebar on the right: to avoid the hateful checkered effect, I suggest you adjust the output quality (drop-down menu Quality) on High o Very high. If you want to add subtitles, watermarks or audio tracks to the videos you want to convert, drag them into the field Layers located at the bottom of the right sidebar.
After adjusting all the settings to your preferences, click the button Convert and video conversion will start instantly. The output folder will be the same where the source files are stored.
Please note: if you need to convert video with multi-track audio and you use a Mac, you can also turn to iFFMPEG, a great paid converter that I told you about in my guide on how to convert MKV to AVI Mac.
HandBrake (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
Do you need to "rip" a DVD or create videos optimized for smartphones and tablets? Then you can also consider HandBrake, a free and open source converter available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It doesn't support copy-protected DVDs, but by associating it with other software (as I explained to you in my tutorial on how to convert DVD to MP4) you can overcome this limitation as well.
To download HandBrake on your computer, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Download HandBrake. After that, if you are using a Windows PC, open the file HandBrake-xx-Win_GUI.exe you just downloaded and click in sequence on Yes, Next, I Agree, install e Finish to finish the setup. If, on the other hand, you use a Mac, all you have to do is open the package dmg you just downloaded from the HandBrake website, drag the program icon to the folder Applications say macOS and il gioco è fatto.
Now you just have to start the software, click on the button source (top left) and select the source to use as input for conversion: Fillet for a single video, Folder for a folder with multiple movies (or files on a DVD) or DVD for a DVD video. when the operation is completed, select from the right sidebar the format in which you want to convert the video (eg. iPad, iPhone, Android o Normal to create "generic" videos not optimized for specific devices) and click on the button Start to start the conversion.
If you don't see the right sidebar with the list of output formats, click the button Toggle presets to make it appear. If, on the other hand, you want to fine-tune the parameters of the output files, go to the tabs Video (to set bitrate, codec, container and other parameters of the video), Audio (to select the audio tracks to keep and the format to convert them to) e Subtitles (to choose the subtitle languages to keep).
Freemake Video Converter (Windows)
Freemake Video Converter is extremely powerful software, it is probably the video converter more complete available in the free environment for Windows, however I advise you to take it into consideration only in "extreme" cases, that is, if with the other software proposed above you cannot get the desired results. The reason for this? First of all, the software inserts its own logo and a custom frame at the beginning and end of the output movies (to remove them, you need to purchase a 19,95 euro license or subscribe to a 9,95 euro / year subscription), then ** in its installation package some annoying promotional software is included that is not always easy to "dodge".
Aside from that, the program is almost perfect. It's super easy to use, supports all major video (and audio) file formats, and even lets you burn / rip DVDs. It also includes functions for adding subtitles, watermarks and for cutting videos to convert. In short, it is complete from all points of view.
To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the button Free download. When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (FreemakeVideoConverterSetup.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on Yes and then OK e forward. Uncheck the item Help improve Freemake software by automatically submitting anonymous usage statistics and problem reports to Freemake if you do not want to send software usage statistics to Freemake.
Now, put the check mark next to the item Custom installation and deselect all the underlying options (e.g. Installa Opera Browser) to avoid installing promotional software. Then click on forward twice in a row, answer No, thanks at the request to download additional promotional software and wait for all the files necessary to install Freemake to be downloaded from the Internet. At the end of the operation, press the button end to conclude the setup.
To convert a video with Freemake Video Converter, click the button + Video (located at the top left) and select the file to transform. Then click on the icon for the desired output format (from the menu below) and press the button Converted to start video processing. You can also select the destination folder of the converted movie by clicking on the button [...] and select a resolution different from that of the original file through the drop-down menu profiles.
Do you need to create video DVDs for your old living room player? Then don't think twice and try AVStoDVD: it is an excellent free and open source software for Windows that allows you to convert AVI, MKV and other types of video files to standard DVD compatible with any player.
To download it to your PC, connect to its official website and click on the item Installer Package placed in the middle of the page. Then open the file AVStoDVD_xx_Install.exe you just downloaded and click on the buttons Yes e Next. Then put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the License Agreement and complete the setup by clicking on first Next three consecutive times and then on install, Next e Finish. If you are asked to AviSynth e Lavfilters, accept: these are two free "clean" software without which the converter could not work.
To learn more about how AVStoDVD works, which is quite intuitive as a program but takes some time, I invite you to read my tutorial on how to create video DVDs in which everything is explained in great detail.
Total Video Converter Lite (macOS)
If you are using a Mac, I can also recommend Total Video Converter Lite, a video converter free that allows you to easily transform all major video file formats at no cost. To install the application on your computer, connected to the Mac App Store Online page dedicated to it and click on the button View in the Mac App Store (located on the left). In the window that opens, click on the button Get/Install the app and - if necessary - enter your Apple ID password to complete the operation.
To convert a video with Total Video Converter Lite, drag it with the mouse into the program window. Then use the drop-down menu at the top to select the format in which to transform the file: you can choose between various types of devices (Pocket player) and types of video files (Video file). Finally, select the folder in which to save the output file and click on Choose to start the conversion.
Convert Video Online (Online)
Do you need to convert a video on a computer that does not allow installation of new software? In this case, Convert Video Online, an online video converter that works directly from the browser, might come in handy. The service is compatible with all major navigation programs, does not require Flash Player, does not require registration and supports all major multimedia file formats. To use it, connected to its home page, click on the button Open file and select the video to convert.
Once the upload is complete (the loading times can be very long), select the output format by clicking on one of the buttons located at the top (eg. MP4, REVIEWS o FLV), choose one resolution from the drop-down menu and click on the button Converted to start converting and then downloading the video first.
If you want, by clicking on the button Settings, you can also adjust the more advanced output settings, such as the audio codec and the weight of the output file (obviously the lower the "weight" set, the lower the quality of the final video).
Article created in collaboration with Digiarty.