Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

I have wanted to convert some music videos from Windows Media Video files to MPEG files, then trim them to ratio 4:3.

I am feeling sortta hoodwinked by this (or maybe I’m just plain dumb when it comes to such technical matters) …

I have downloaded two supposedly free converters (Prism and AVS4YOU) … but they both now say the trial has expired … WHAT FLIPPIN TRIAL? One I have used once, the other not at all … and now it seems I have to purchase the paid versions or have a watermark in the middle or such. Yikes! … I don’t want to pay … when programs like Audacity are totally totally free. Does anyone know of, and can direct me to a totally free video format converter … not one that is toted as, and pretends to be, but turns out not to be, free. Thanks.

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Programs like Audacity are ‘open source’.

Open source refers to a software movement that believes software development is best handled by the collective, that the ownership of software is a bogus concept, and that software should be free.

Ideology aside, googling ‘open source video convert’ leads me to
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Encoders-Converter-DIVX-Related/MediaCoder.shtml

Which is exactly what you want. I’d encourage you, whenever you need a piece of software, to preface your search with ‘open source’, and you will have much better luck.

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

Hey twitchard, that is one of them above that I downloaded … but there’s a subscription fee: of $59 unlimited or $39 for one year … although its toted as free, when it isn’t.

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

Thanks Pere. I’ll have to sit down to work it out, but it looks as though it might do the trick. I’ll have to see … it certainly says its totally free. We’ll see!

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

Sorry Pere, that also leads, when you get into the blurb, to AVS4YOU and Prism … the two I’ve already downloaded. Prism says the function I want is not available on its free converter … would have to upgrade to the paid one … sigh! … and AVS4YOU is subscription unless you want a watermark in the middle of the clip … sigh! Its sounding like too much trouble and expense for something trivial … not worth the effort … maybe … unless its totally free.

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Hey Clear Drops, looks like Pere has you covered.
Just thought I’d mention VLC media player;
http://download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-Player/3000-13632_4-10267151.html
It has come up in past discussions.
I believe it can cover quite a few conversions.
I don’t have any 1st hand experience using VLC to do video conversions (so sorry) but thought you might like to know it is another possibility.

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I’m almost sure you are mistaken, Clear Drops. I don’t see any indication of any subscription fee anywhere. It’s hosted on sourceforge, which only hosts true, genuine, free, open source software.

Try downloading it from here, maybe? Give it another try. http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/index.htm

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

Windows Movie Maker is free, and if you’re running XP or higher it is probably already installed on your computer. You can import different clip formats and splice them together. However, I have never really used the program and don’t know if it’s possible to change the aspect ratios like you want.

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Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

Random_notes, you’re right that VLC can do conversions, but I’ve never had much success with it. However, it’s a great media player and can cope with HD, FLV and others.

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

Have you tried handbrake? (just google that)

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I’ve been using the extremely versatile and free "Super ©" for a long time now with no problems. The current version is Super © v2009.build.35 which you can get from http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

The interface is very straightforward, which presumably retains the speed which you could lose from a full GUI. To use Super ©most effectively may require a modicum of geekiness - but then thesession.org isn’t exactly lacking for geek gods and goddesses (ahem!).

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

I thought you didn’t have to download anything on my link. It’s an online converter.

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

Pere, you are correct ~ it is an online converter.
At the same time AVS video converter plasters their ad (& download button) everywhere they possibly can.
I clicked on the online media converter just now.
It is there just like you said.

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Super from erightsoft and Virtualdub for editing

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

WinFF is free, and small. It does a handful of useful conversions of audio and video (including .flv if you have a grabber) but you’ll have to get something else if you want to edit the content.

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Thank you everyone … now I just need time to fiddle with them and see what works best fer me … and my holiday is over … sigh!

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iWisoft Free Video Converter can fast convert videos between all popular formats like AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, XviD, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, FLV, MKV, RM, MOV, 3GP, and audio MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG. Directly convert video for playback on your PSP, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox, Zune, Creative Zen, Archos and other digital multimedia devices.

The video converter also has powerful video editing functions including crop, trim, merge, adding watermark and special effects. And it’s totally free!

Feature:
1. Input and output all the vdieo, audio, image formats with good quality.
2. Video editing function: merge, trim, crop video.
3. Batch conversion mode.
4. Totally free!

http://www.easy-video-converter.com/

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I have been used video converter for 3 years, because of my work, an editor of a website, I have to cut many videos a day, and combine, convert, edit them. So, I used various video converter, I think any video converter and leawo video converter are the best ones, for any video converter is very easy to use, and leawo video converter has a good convert speed with high quality. I use them both.
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Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

I have the same experience with you. It’s very hard to find a totally free software and it is good. Finally, I gave up. I bought one which I thought is OK. There is one thing free one will not have is that you can get technical support from the purchased one.

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Hey, as for this, here I’d like to share another tool with you. It is a video converter designed by DRmare team, which can convert any video files to plain formats. For more infos, you could check https://www.drmare.com/m4v-converter-for-mac/

Re: Totally free video format converters … is there any such thing?

I use Handbrake for this sort of thing. It’s completely free.