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Freemake Video Converter

CNET Editors' review

Freemake Video Converter does a great job of converting videos, even if it's not the fastest program of its kind. It supports loads of formats and doesn't saddle your video with a nasty watermark on the way out. As far as basic converters go, this one does a fantastic job of converting most videos without reducing quality.

The program's installation process is loaded with nasty add-on toolbars, so be very careful if you want to avoid these. Once you set it up, Freemake Video Converter takes any video on your computer and switches its format. In addition to all of the typical format support you'd expect, the program lets you choose a new format based on what gadget you want to use to watch the video. You can choose those or a few of the most popular formats right from the program's list of one-touch conversion options. You can choose exactly where you want to save the finished video, as well. The program keeps all of your video's options and quality intact, but the process takes a very long time by most standards. It took us a little more than 11 minutes to make it through a two-minute video.

Freemake Video Converter is not without a few headaches, but you won't find many better programs that don't cost a dime. The fact that it can handle any format and do it without killing the video's quality makes it worth the wait alone. The extra add-ons and professional layout do a great job of rounding out this powerful program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best easyest"

    April 7, 2014  |   By drummermaddad

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.3.8

    Pros

    using 4 years

    Cons

    none great finds everything

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  • 4.0 stars

    "One of the best free converters out there"

    March 29, 2014  |   By pickripper

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.0.4.4

    Pros

    FVC is like a Swiss-Army knife of converting software. It converts between a wide variety of formats without any loss of video quality. You can increase the size of the file so it will look great played on your large TV, or you can decrease the size of the file if you need that option. Hard-subbing movies is easy. Before converting the movie you can attach an srt file and the subs are burned right into the finished product. It has a built-in joiner, so you have the option of joining small clips together as you convert them. If you want different music with your videos, it allows you to upload any audio you like and it replaces the original audio. The program has drag-and-drop functionality up to Windows 8. Also, their tech support is fast, courteous, and professional.

    Cons

    The current version, and the one I'm reviewing, is 4.1.3.15. In this version drag-and-drop functionality doesn't work if you are using Windows 8.1 (an issue confirmed by tech support), and the program tends to crash if you try to convert and join more than two hours of smaller video clips. Also, you might want to take your time as you install the software because it will try to install a variety of programs/malware. All of can be easily disabled, though. I'll change my review to 5 stars once the drag-and-drop issue with Windows 8.1 is addressed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Full of Malware -Don't install unless you are an expert"

    March 28, 2014  |   By mytmoss

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 3.0.1

    Pros

    Software works well as advertised.

    Cons

    The install process is full of malware. I have lots of experience in getting rid of malware and it took me hours to remove it after installing Freemake. Pay for malware free software rather than risk the damage done.

    Summary

    Stay away

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Load Of Junk"

    March 23, 2014  |   By Ichigo2012

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.3.8

    Pros

    None since didn't install actual software fully

    Cons

    Wants to change a load of stuff on your PC WITHOUT an option for them NOT to do things such as changing search related softwares

    Summary

    I just wanted the damn software and tried to go back after it was insisting I changed my browser search functions amongst other stuff. I tried to close the installer BUT IT STILL HAD THE GALL TO INSTALL SOME STUPID SEARCH SOFTWARE CRAP ONTO MY SYSTEM! Absolutely pissed they still tried to override me and install that rubbish.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant - I use it all the time. It came recommended."

    March 22, 2014  |   By cbrixton

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.3.8

    Pros

    1. Everything about this programme seems to be intuitive - it does what you think it should in the way that you think it should (although there are also some great online videos which show you how to use it - that each of the videos only lasts about a minute speaks for itself). So it's brilliantly easy to pick up how to use it.
    2. you can edit video so easily, and move it along frame by frame if you want to.
    3. you can merge videos
    4. you can download eg youtube videos straight into the programme
    5. you can rip DVDs easily (I use this to create clips I want to show - so much easier than cueing up lots of DVDs)
    6. you can burn DVDs - despite having another programme that can do this, Freemake handles it much more easily and quickly. It makes burning DVDs (maybe with a number of items on) child's play.
    7. I have also used it to convert between formats, so that I can ensure a video is compatible with other applications.

    Cons

    I had a glitch with burning DVDs after upgrading my OS to Windows 8.1, but it was solved by downloading the latest version of the video converter.
    As other reviewers have noted, just be sure to uncheck the boxes offering you (annoying) add on software.

    Summary

    I can now fully understand why my techie friends recommended this to me. I have subsequently recommended it to others. I love it, and am so thankful that it was out there to download.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great program works exactly as described"

    March 5, 2014  |   By ms2089

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.3.8

    Pros

    Easy to use and takes almost all video

    Cons

    Needs more options in converseion

    Summary

    This program is great and as it is free if you need something more flexible then by a full featured program

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total garbage"

    March 1, 2014  |   By Krupotkin

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.3.8

    Pros

    It uninstalls easily.

    Cons

    Buggy as Hell.

    Summary

    How this program actually gets worse with each new version astounds me.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This program allows you to format any file you want."

    February 28, 2014  |   By KLRoseboro

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.3.8

    Pros

    I had video files that I wanted to covert to DVD. I uploaded my file and selected the format that I wanted. Freemake Video did the rest and I have continued to format tons of my files.

    Cons

    I have not found anything bad with Freemake Video Converter.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Free Converter"

    February 21, 2014  |   By Starcruiser322

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.3.5

    Pros

    Free
    Convert multiple files at once
    Upscale or downscale video to fit what you want to play it on
    Video isn't choppy, doesn't studder

    Cons

    Slow converting unless you have a good graphics card and processor
    Not recommended for laptops

    Summary

    I have a gaming system, so converting is relatively faster than an average system for me. 1 GB of graphics memory recommended, any less and it will slow down.
    If you try to run this on an average laptop, it will likely heat up very quickly and convert very slow to compensate.

    Updated on Feb 21, 2014

    As a side note: the installer is a downloader, so Cnet's downloader downloads the downloader to download the installer. D'oh. At least they still have the direct download.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It works good"

    February 20, 2014  |   By cudles41

    Version: Freemake Video Converter 4.1.3.5

    Pros

    It works better than the ones I've paid for

    Cons

    only a trial but is worth it

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