FormatFactory

FormatFactory

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 334 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.96
  • Total Downloads:
    9,952,969
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 10, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    51.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    18,133
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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There are file converters for all kinds of different files, whether you're converting between different video, audio, or image formats. This might be the first time, however, that we've encountered a program that does all of the above. FormatFactory is an ambitious program that's capable of converting images, videos, and audio files between a number of different formats. Unfortunately, it's not exactly capable of delivering everything it promises.

FormatFactory has a straightforward, intuitive interface; a menu on the left lets users select video, audio, picture, or ROM Device\DVD\CD\ISO. The Advanced menu option even lets users join files together. To use FormatFactory, simply select the kind of file you want to work with, browse to your source folder, confirm the files you want to convert, and click Start. FormatFactory made pretty quick work of most of our files, but its performance wasn't flawless. At one point it inexplicably crashed as we were selecting the files we wanted to convert. When we attempted to convert an MPG to a GIF, something that FormatFactory allegedly permits, it went through the motions of processing but then revealed no actual change in the file. The program comes with a built-in Help file that's not particularly detailed but does contain screenshots to help new users navigate FormatFactory's features. If you need to convert, split, and merge files in a variety of formats, we definitely think FormatFactory is worth checking out. Just be aware that it doesn't always perform as expected.

FormatFactor installs a desktop icon without asking and leaves a folder behind upon removal.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 15
  • All Versions

    3.7

    out of 334 votes

    • 5 star 169
    • 4 star 58
    • 3 star 20
    • 2 star 16
    • 1 star 71
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2 stars

"Browser hijack"

August 23, 2012  |  By d33m

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

quickly makes videos in limited formats.

Cons

this program installs browser hijack ask tool bar which is difficult to remove.

Summary

quality and size of videos versus the browser hijack makes this software not worth the trouble.

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1 stars

"Malware trap"

August 06, 2013  |  By Capt_Kaos

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

None!!!! This program offers no useful features or actions!!

Cons

I carefully read ever bit of the the install agreement and it still installed Ask Toolbar. After install the program just sets there and the progress bar never moves. Format factory is worthless. I only installed it to be able to merge flv files and it will not do what it says does.

Save yourself some time and trouble and avoid this program.

Summary

Avoid this program. it is malware and junkware.

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1 stars

"I Use To Trust This Program"

October 10, 2012  |  By Wordman1

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

It works now but I won't be uning it.

Cons

Installed unwanted software on my computer without asking or offering an opt-out. This is unforgivable.

Summary

Have updated copies of this for years. When the last update omitted a file the website instructed me to do a fresh install of version 2.96. The frest install changed my homepage, added toolbars and added items to my startup without notification or permission. I cannot trust a company that pulls this kind of stuff and won't use their products, free or otherwise.

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1 stars

"Didn't work at all"

September 24, 2012  |  By mudharan

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

Application didn't work at all.

Cons

I tried to convert MOV to MP4, MPG, WMV it converted only less than one second of video. The application crashed few times.

Summary

Would not prefer installing this again.

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4 stars

"Gets some of the work done"

September 21, 2012  |  By king_glen

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

Converts videos nicely, very easy to use, and doesn't allow for video-audio lag

Cons

Some files cannot be converted even though the format factory says the can; in this case the files are converted partially - an hour long video is converted to a 13 minute long video. Irritating, this

Summary

It will do most of the things you expect from a video converter. It's certainly beats shelling out the extra quid on those other converters out there

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1 stars

"Creates garbled videos"

September 18, 2012  |  By pavelgutsa

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

Nice installer, nice interface

Cons

Converting MOV files. Tried to convert to WMV and AVI.
In both cases finishes conversion prematurely, output video is garbled.

Summary

Waste of time

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4 stars

"easy to use, effective"

September 16, 2012  |  By ztemplarz

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

This was very simple to install and set up, and most importantly, it was free. It was relatively quick, and easy to track the progress it made with the conversions.

Cons

It seems like some of the conversions didn't function properly. I didn't try to redo them, so maybe it was a couple simple copying errors, or maybe the qualities didn't match up properly for the two different formats.

Summary

Quick and easy to use, but might have to check your files and rerun it on a few after failed conversions.

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1 stars

"Installs Ask Toolbars and makes Ask.com homepage"

September 11, 2012  |  By frag8

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

Convert an MP3 to another format I wanted.

Cons

I didn't notice any warnings when installing that it would install Ask software on my computer. I usually notice those readily and uncheck them. After installing this program, when I opened Firefox it had replaced both my home pages with ask.com, as well as changed the default search engine to ask.com. When I opened Chrome, it did leave my home pages alone but installed an Ask toolbar. When I opened Internet Explorer it had replaced both my homes pages and installed the Ask toolbar.

Uninstalling FormatFactory does not appear to remove or revert any of this. I have multiple homes pages and use multiple browsers because I am logged into more than a single account for the same web applications, and have multiple browsers open all day across multiple monitors. What was just supposed to be a quick conversion of a single MP3 file has now turned into a pretty annoying headache. DO NOT INSTALL THIS PROGRAM.

Summary

This program installs Ask software in all of your browsers and changes your browser settings. DO NOT INSTALL. There are better programs that do not do this.

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5 stars

"It has the most common formats available for converting"

September 10, 2012  |  By AlanGalds

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

I can convert and even customize the parameters of the output file

Cons

Some file formats are missing

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5 stars

"great product"

September 06, 2012  |  By flyingbull

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

take 1 minute to convert 500mb avi video to 7mb flv youtube video.

Cons

none at all

Summary

get this, great free stuff.

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5 stars

"Very Good, DVD ripping needs extra software."

August 31, 2012  |  By dafolzey

 |  Version: FormatFactory 2.96

Pros

Converts every useful format.
Completely free.
Utilizes all four cores of my processor.
Can shutdown the computer when done.
Perfect for YouTube video downloads.
Filter audio out from video files.

Cons

Sometimes there is no audio if it is used to convert a DVD.
Can't convert audio only formats.

Summary

This software is the best, period. It is free, converts every format, and is fast. It faster than NERO, and produces fewer errors than AnyVideo Converter (and doesn't disable features for the free version) There is no paid version so you know your getting everything forever. The only problem is that it sometimes forgets about the audio when ripping a DVD, so I use DVD Decrypter to rip the DVD then use FormatFactory to convert them to .mpg, .mp4, .m4v, .avi, .wmv, .aac, m4a, .mp3, .wma, etc. There are paid software available for ripping DVDs that support more protection systems, but the free one is good for me.

Updated on Aug 31, 2012

There is word about a browser hijack that is difficult to remove. That is bull ****. The browser toolbar is optional, just uncheck the boxes during installation and it isn't installed. If you miss that, just uninstall it from the control panel just like any other software and it is gone.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.96
In version 2.95: 1 update some codecs to latest vesion
General
Publisher Free Time
Publisher web site http://www.pcfreetime.com
Release Date July 10, 2012
Date Added July 10, 2012
Version 2.96
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Converters
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 51.84MB
File Name FFSetup3610.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,952,969
Downloads Last Week 18,133
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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