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2018 Top 5 Free Video Converter Software Review

Wanna play a particular video on a device that has limited storage and there need to reduce the size of the file? Wanna keep your entire video collection in the same format, but have a few rogue entries messing up your system? Wanna change a video recorded in a strange format on your phone into something that is more easily shared with others? In this case, you need a video converting tool. Fortunately, there are more and more video converters are completely free to download, and can handle a huge array of file formats. Here's our pick of the 5 best free video converters 2018.

1. HandBrake

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A powerful media converter for Windows, Linux and macOS
- Advanced control options
- Quick presets
- Excellent format support
- Utilitarian design

HandBrake is a free video converter that's well known to Mac users, but less famous in the world of Windows. It is worth noting that this is still something of an experimental program and it hasn't even reached version 1.0 in its Windows incarnation, but that doesn't mean it should be overlooked.

Available for Mac, Windows and Linux, Handbrake is a great choice for anyone who works on multiple platforms, but is also great for anyone who is dedicated to Windows.

A slight word of warning: the other programs featured in this roundup have very approachable interfaces, but the same cannot really be said of HandBrake. The program is powerful, but utilitarian.

There are a lot of features that allow for precise control of video conversion, including cropping, advanced filtering and frame rate adjustment, as well as presets for those who just want quick results. Handbrake may take a while to get used to, but the output is worth it.

Earlier this year the Mac version of HandBrake was compromised with malware, but the software is now secure and safe to download.

2. Any Video Converter Free

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Free and fast conversion for videos from your PC or the web
- Converts videos hosted online
- Bonus filters and effects
- Excellent format support

When it comes to the number of supported file formats, Any Video Converter Free certainly doesn't disappoint.

It handles online as well as offline files, meaning that if you like the look of some videos on YouTube, you can quickly and easily convert them into a format suitable for offline viewing on your mobile without worrying about your data allowance.

More than just YouTube, you can also download and convert videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Metacafe and more, and Any Video Converter Free also features the option to rip audio from CDS and DVDs.

You'll find support for all of the video formats you can shake a stick at, including ready made profiles for different devices, and editing options such as trimming, cropping and rotating allow for basic cleanup tasks. If you want to get creative, you can experiment with video effects to achieve a unique look as well.

3. Freemake Video Converter

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Quick, flexible and easy to use- the best free video converter
- Excellent format support
- Built-in editing tools
- Converts videos hosted online

Freemake has built up something of a name for itself for producing powerful yet easy to use software, and making it available free of charge. Freemake Video Converteris no exception, continuing the company's enviable track record.

The free video converter can not only convert files from your hard drive to almost any format, it can also be used to download and convert online videos from the likes of YouTube.
With simple editing tools to trim unwanted footage, the ability to add subtitles, and convert to and from DVD, Freemake Video Converter has all of your everyday conversion needs covered- and more.

When you first install Freemake Video Converter, some features (including converting YouTube videos) will be locked. After three days you'll receive a free Web Pack as a gift, which will lift this restriction. Look out for a notification in the System Tray telling you when the Web Pack is available.

4. Free HD Video Converter

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Video conversion and editing in one convenient free package
- Takes seconds to master
- Built-in editing tools
- Ready-made device profiles

Free HD Video Converter Factory prides itself on being so easy to use that its website features a 10-second guide to getting started. This might seem like an exaggeration, but it's actually true. You can drag and drop a video onto the program interface, or use the selection menu, select the format or destination device and hit the Run button. That really is all there is to it.

You'll be pleased to know that the software's convenience doesn't come at the expense of features. While you can start the conversion process in a matter of seconds, you may wish to spend a little more time customizing the output.

Cutting, cropping and impressive special effects are all on hand to give your videos the look you want, and the way destination formats are presented is highly intuitive.

Beginners can select a profile tailored to a specific playback device, while more advanced users can make a manual selection and customize things further.

5. Free Video Converter

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Easy for new users to grasp, with handy batch video conversion
- Batch conversion
- Clear interface
- Converted videos are watermarked

DVDVideoSoft is known for its superb free media software that performs exactly as advertised, and Free Video Converter is no exception. Its interface is clean and uncluttered, and it can convert batches of videos with ease.

Free Video Converter has a small set of output options (MP4, AVI, MPEG and MP3 are available, plus an option optimized for iOS devices), but that might be plenty if you're not used to working with video files, and the likes of Handbrake or MediaCoder look excessively complicated.

There's a choice of quality settings, and you can merge several clips into a single file while they're converted.

It's a shame that videos converted with Free Video Converter are watermarked. The mark isn't terribly intrusive, but it prevents this otherwise excellent software ranking higher in this list.

Best Professional Video Converter 2018

All above listed are free video converting tools, for those people who cares much about output video quality, video conversion speed, supported input and output file formats or desire for more advanced video editing or profile adjusting features, a more professional video converter will be your good choice. Brorsoft Video Converter | Video Converter for Mac is one of the top ranked media transcoding, video editing program with the following distinctive features and functions:

- Convert common or uncommon video like H.264, H.265/HEVC, MXF, XAVC/XAVC S, AVCHD, etc to virtually any file formats in SD/HD/4K
- Support batch conversion that can convert multiple files at the same time
- Create SBS/TAB/Anaglyph 3D video from standard 2D video
- Output videos to various device and program preset profile formats
- Adjust output profile parameters: codec, size, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, channels, etc
- Versatile video editing functions: rotate, trim, merge, split, watermark, effect, subtitles, etc.
- 30X faster conversion speed and high output quality

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