Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter

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Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 797 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.1.8
File Size:
1.21MB
Date Added:
August 13, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
1,454,340
Downloads Last Week:
3,551
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0

Editors' review

Freemake Video Converter promises to be to Windows users what Handbrake is to Mac users. This free app is built using Microsoft's .NET Framework 4, which is a programming model that allows developers to provide software with interfaces that are easy to use and visually-appealing. Certainly, both are true when it comes to Freemake, which offers a Mac-like window with rounded edges and large, explicit function buttons.

Downloading and installing Freemake Video Converter is a painless process, and the app takes up a moderate amount of space (30MB) on your hard drive. As noted, the main window is very straightforward. Lining the top are media buttons for video, audio, DVD, and photo, each with a plus symbol adjacent to indicate that's how one can add the various file types. Once files are added, another set of soft keys along the bottom of the window lets you easily select the format you want to convert to.

Freemake Video Converter can transcode a huge array of video file types, including AVI, MOV, M4V, MP4, and FLV, and it can convert from virtually any audio file type into MP3. It also throws in photo support as an added bonus (not necessary, in our opinion, but still nice). It also works for backing up DVDs into a variety of video formats, and the program includes some handy helpers for converting video directly into a file type that's compatible with a particular device such as an iPhone 4, a Sony PSP, or a Zune. Freemake also offers companion freeware--Video Downloader--that lets you download content directly from sites such as Veoh and YouTube and covert in the process.

In our tests, we focused mainly on the video aspect of Freemake since that's its main purpose. The software converted a variety of file types flawlessly to MP4 for our iPod Touch. The process was fairly slow--three videos totaling 17 minutes took more than 20 minutes to convert. Ripping from DVD presented some problems; the program crashed during once and was generally painfully slow. But it did get the job done--for free--so we're willing to forgive some shortcomings. To improve performance and avoid impatience, we recommend doing your conversion jobs overnight.

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  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 797 votes

    • 5 star: 462
    • 4 star: 161
    • 3 star: 50
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 100
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Great Program - Love it"

    August 02, 2014   |   By myjoe22

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.4.1

    Pros

    Great tool for converting video to other formats. And you could also trim videos to. Much better the Machette Video Trimmer. You don't have to worry about finding key frames, which is a pain. And you don't loose any quality in the conversion or when trimming videos. I recommended highly

    Cons

    Watch for the junk-ware that it tries to install. Use the custom install instead of the express to avoid adding unneeded extra free-ware to your computer

    Summary

    Love it. I recommend it to all

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  • 4 stars

    "Concerns about Linkey?"

    July 25, 2014   |   By michelle.wallace.965928

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.4.1

    Pros

    As for Freemake Video Converter, I have found it to be a great and easy tool. You have several conversion options, and can cue videos to be converted. I am currently using it to convert MP4 files into AVI, and haven't noticed any quality change. It's one of the better conversion tools out there. Unfortunately, it does come bundled with unwanted programs, so be smart when installing it.

    Cons

    About Linkey...

    Linkey is not a virus - but it does have the traits of one. It hijacks all of your browsers' settings, and is just generally invasive. If you have it, a quick google search can inform you how to remove it. I recommend using AdwCleaner.

    Linkey, and other programs like itself, are often bundled with free software. An easy way to avoid such installations is to check the "custom install" option when downloading freeware, and uncheck any optional features.

    (It is a good idea to run a virus protection software and AdwCleaner after installation regardless, as some unwanted programs/potential threats can pop up anyways.)

    Summary

    Freemake Video Converter is a quick and easy tool, but be sure to select "custom install" when downloading to avoid any optional software. Linkey and it's assets can be removed if currently installed with AdwCleaner.

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  • 1 stars

    "Watch Out - Linkey Is Coming."

    June 29, 2014   |   By Basuto9

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.4.1

    Pros

    None right now - it WAS my favorite video converter.

    Cons

    It doesn't seem to give you any way NOT to install something called "Linkey", regardless of what you click/unclick. I looked up Linkey and this pretty much sums it up:
    "Linkey is a browser plugin, which can be downloaded from the Internet. However, in most of the cases it sneaks inside computers in a bundle with freeware and shareware as a 'free addition' or 'additional download'. In order to avoid this, so you have to pay more attention to the installation process of such programs and find this check mark that says that you agree to install Linkey on your computer. When this program enters the system, it shows up on all web browsers that are installed on it. That's because it's compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Technically, Linkey is not a virus. However, it may start acting up by displaying continuous pop-up advertisements, initiating browser's redirections and causing similar things. In order to avoid that, you should remove Linkey."

    Summary

    A shame that something great like Freemake is now attempting to force the consumer to add unwanted software. If I missed anything and Freemake can now be downloaded WITHOUT Linkey, please let us know.

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