Sometimes you need to convert audio and video files. Every computer user is sure to face this problem sooner or later, as a huge-screen watching or Internet uploading may require certain file formats. The number of media converters is imposing and searching for the very one is quite tiring. But we have done all the dirty work for you. Check our list of best free media converters for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
Media Converters for Windows
There are a lot of various media converters for Windows. You can even find online ones. However, keep in mind that usually online converter gives you poor quality, takes ages to convert a file and doesn’t support large files. That’s why you’d better use reliable software. Here are some tools to start with.
Freemake Video Converter
Input: AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, MPEG, 3GP, 3G2, SWF, FLV, TOD, AVCHD, MOV, DV, RM, QT, TS, MTS, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, etc. (200+ formats).
Output: AVI, MP4, MPEG, MKV, WMV, 3GP, MP3, DVD, iPhone, iPod, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Blu-ray, etc.
Freemake Movie Converter may be characterized in three words: free, easy, fast. Its interface seems stylish and clear, including nothing odd or redundant. This media converter supports more than 200 input formats and provides numerous output options. You can rip DVD to MP4, burn DVD & BD (check the how-to burn guide), join videos, cut them, rotate or reduce video size. Besides, it is possible to add subtitles or make a slideshow with music right on the spot.
The software offers a variety of presets for portable devices, thus you don’t need to set your own settings for your portable gadget. Plus, this is one of the rare video converters supporting the conversion to MPEG4.
Unfortunately, there are also a couple of drawbacks. When you convert a movie with a number of audio or subtitles tracks, you can choose only one audio and one subtitles track for a final video. Please note in case you convert movie subtitles, you’ll get hardsubs that can’t be turned off.
All in all, Freemake Video Converter is a great option for those who would like to have a simple, beautiful and powerful tool.
Input: MP4, 3GP, MPG, AVI, WMV, FLV, SWF, MKV, MOV, VOB, MP3, WMA, AMR, OGG, AAC, WAV, JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF, ICO, GIF, TGA, etc.
Output: MP4, 3GP, MPG, AVI, WMV, FLV, SWF, MP3, WMA, AMR, OGG, AAC, WAV, JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF, ICO, GIF, TGA.
Format Factory is one more media converter you may use to convert audio, video and image files. The interface is plain and pretty much comprehensive. The software lets you easily convert video files for you smartphones and tablets, rip DVD and audio CDs. Like the previous tool, Format Factory allows you to add multiple files and convert them in a batch.
Format Factory is available in 62 languages. Thus, if your mother tongue is not English, you can easily choose it for something else. Besides, the software features 4 skins that you may change whenever you want.
Unfortunately, the software is not too stable and sometimes it may fail during the conversion process.
Media Converters for Mac
Media Converters for Mac are not that numerous. They are either paid or perform only one function, for example, DVD ripping. Fortunately, we managed to find a couple of tools you can use.
Input: Video TS, Mpeg, NTSC,LPCM, AVI, MPEG-4, MP4, MKV, AAC.
Output: MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AAC, MP3, FLAC.
Handbrake is a multi-platform program. It’s available both for Windows and Mac OS users. Its interface is not as colorful as the one of Freemake, but it doesn’t lack in features. Here you can add several subtitles and audio tracks, scale a video or crop it. The conversion speed is also up to the level. Moreover, you can choose ready Apple preset to convert your video or DVD right for your iOS device.
Handbrake gives you a four-minute preview of how your video will look like. Thus, you can make changes before clicking the Convert button.
As for the drawbacks, there are not too many of them. First of all, the interface may seem a bit difficult and it’s necessary to get used to it. Then the number of output formats is not that huge. This media converter will be a good option for those who constantly convert to MP4.
MacX Video Converter
Input: AVI, WMV, DVD, MP3, MKV, 3GP, 8K, 4K, 1080P, 720P HD, MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, MTS, MP4.
Output: MP4, H.264, MPEG4, MOV, AVI, FLV, WMV, etc.
MacX Video Converter is available in two versions: free and Pro. The free version allows you to convert audio and video files, trip and crop them, add subtitles and watermarks. Among other settings there are: bitrate, frame rate, sample rate, and resolution. If you are an advanced user, you can set these options to suit your needs. In case you are not a fan of media editing, just leave everything as it is.
The interface of this media converter is very intuitive and we’ll be extremely easy to handle for beginners.
Unfortunately, the options to rip protected DVDs and download online videos are available only in paid version for $49.95 (now for $24.95). However, in case you don’t need them, MacX is worth trying.
Media Converter for Android and iOS
It’s always difficult to find a good media converter for a portable gadget since any conversion takes a lot of CPU and thus can’t be performed on any device. In fact there is only one converter you can use on your Android and one for iPhone users.
Media Converter for Android
Input: MP3, MP4, OGG, 3GP, AVI, MPEG, FLV, M4A, 3GA, OGA, WAV.
Output: MP3, MP4, OGG, 3GP, AVI, MPEG, FLV, M4A, 3GA, OGA, WAV.
Input: MP4, MP3, 3GP, MPEG, AVI, WMV, FLV, SWF, MKV, MOV, VOB, WMA, AMR, OGG, AAC, WAV, JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF, ICO, GIF, TGA, etc.
Output: MP3, MP4, OGG, AVI, MPEG, FLV, GIF, WAV, M4A, 3GA, OGA.
Media Converter is the best of few free converters for Android. Please note you’d better use it on a powerful device, otherwise the conversion will take too much time and your device may become unresponsive. Android Media Converter allows you to convert files between formats, crop and rotate a video, extract audio to make a ringtone. You can even specify the output file parameters including bitrate, resolution, frame rate, audio sample rate.
But converting a video file will take some time. Luckily, it will happen in the background mode.
iConv: Video Converter for iPhone
Input: 3GP, FLV, MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, MPG, MPEG, MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, OPUS.
Output: 3GP, FLV, MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, MPG, MPEG, MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, OPUS.
iConv Video Converter is a free media converter for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This app allows users to resize video to send them via chat apps, convert video with the original quality, extract audio in MP3, AAC and other formats. Besides, like in Android Media Converter, you can set the necessary video bitrate, frame size, resolution, audio bitrate, codec and so on. You can easily add files for conversion from your Camera Roll, Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive and other cloud storages.
iConv Video Converter seems to be a very nice app. Just keep in mind to have your iPhone battery fully charged or it may turn off during the conversion process.
What other media converters do you know? Do you use them on your phone or tablet?