How to convert video format for free?

1. Convert video format with VLC

There’s no doubt that VLC is one of the most acclaimed and feature-rich media players available, but how to using VLC media player convert video format?

Step 1. Launch VLC media player and click on Media –> Convert / Save.



Step 2. Under the file tab you will see two sections. In the file selection that add the file you want to convert .



Step 3. Click on the Convert/Save button and select the destination folder, give a desired filename, select the desired video profile and click on the start button.



Step 4. Once everything is at place press the start button.

The VLC player will stream the video in twice the speed and convert it at the same time in the background.

Note: Although VLC is shipped with all the necessary codecs but still if you face any trouble while converting your videos then try installing a codec pack.





2. Convert video format with ffmpeg command lines

Fast Forward MPEG (FFmpeg) is one of the most popular and the best multimedia networks in the world. It offers plenty of tools for you to play the video, convert the formats, stream live broadcast and even analysis the multimedia stream. These are the tools which actually make FFmpeg is a great framework to work with. They provide you with best technical solutions, also offering a myriad of extremely useful yet free software to the users.


FFmpeg can perform many functions when it comes to digitally playing or recording your videos and audios. For instance, you can easily convert the video from one format to another. Following is a very simple example of a command line which converts MP4 file into AVI file.

#ffmpeg –i Shawshank_Redemption.mp4 Shawshank_Redemption.avi


Various Command Lines to Convert Video Formats

Convert video to .MPG:

#ffmpeg –i Shawshank_Redemption.avi Shawshank_Redemption.mpg


Convert video to .FLV:

#ffmpeg –i original_video.avi –f flv final_video.flv


Convert video to .Gif:

#ffmpeg –i original_video.avi gif_uncompressed.gif


#ffmpeg -ss 60 –i original_video.avi –t 20 gif_uncompressed.gif


Convert video to .DV:

#ffmpeg –i origine.avi -s pal -r pal -aspect 4:3 -ar 48000 -ac 2 video_finale.dv


Convert video to .MOV:

#ffmpeg -i input_file.mp4 -acodec copy -vcodec copy -f mov output_file.mov


Converting formats for DVD players:

#ffmpeg –i original_video.avi –target pal-dvd –ps 1000000000 –aspect 16:9 final_video.mpeg

Following is a brief explanation of the above command line.

Aspect ratio is 16:9 which is perfect for widescreens.

ps 1000000000 is the size of the output file in bites. It is the maximum size for the output video in this particular case.

target pal-dvd determines the output format of the video.





3. Convert video format with VideoToys

Step 1. Launch VideoToys and click "Format Convert" button.



Step 2. Click the "+" button that add the file you want to convert



Step 3. Select the target format that need to be converted.



Step 4. Once everything is at place press the start button.

The VideoToys will stream the video in twice the speed and convert it at the same time in the background.

Note: The videotoys is simple and easy use, But the convert target format only had mp4, mov, avi and mkv.