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Video Converters for Windows

The Video Converters directory contains software programs developed to encode, or convert, digital video files... more
The Video Converters directory contains software programs developed to encode, or convert, digital video files from one format to another. Software in this category may convert video to and from AVI, WMV, MOV, and other major file formats. It may also encode video for the PSP, Apple iPhone, Android devices, or other portable media players.
Free YouTube Video Downloader

Free YouTube Video Downloader
Free

Free YouTube Video Downloader

Download videos from YouTube in different video and audio formats.

Free
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Publisher: AVN Media Technologies Downloads: 1,131,561
FormatFactory

FormatFactory
Free

FormatFactory

Convert your videos, audios, and pictures to preferable file formats.

Free
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Publisher: Free Time Downloads: 10,834,296 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter
Free

Any Video Converter

Convert video and YouTube to AVI, WMV, MP4, FLV, MP3, burn video to DVD movie.

Free
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Publisher: AnvSoft Downloads: 22,682,896 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Free Video to MP3 Converter

Free Video to MP3 Converter
Free

Free Video to MP3 Converter

Extract audio tracks in MP3 format from video files.

Free
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Publisher: DVDVideoSoft Downloads: 3,526,398 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Free MP4 Video Converter

Free MP4 Video Converter
Free

Free MP4 Video Converter

Convert video files to MP4 format.

Free
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Publisher: DVDVideoSoft Downloads: 854,066 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter
Free

Freemake Video Converter

Convert video files to different formats.

Free
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Publisher: Freemake Downloads: 1,770,886
Free MP4 to AVI Converter

Free MP4 to AVI Converter
Free

Free MP4 to AVI Converter

Convert MP4 video files to AVI format.

Free
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Publisher: Convert Audio Free Downloads: 717,199 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Free 3GP Video Converter

Free 3GP Video Converter
Free

Free 3GP Video Converter

Convert 3GP files into MP4 and AVI video formats.

Free
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Publisher: DVDVideoSoft Downloads: 2,310,846 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

Free FLV to MP4 Converter

Free FLV to MP4 Converter
Free

Free FLV to MP4 Converter

Convert FLV to MP4 for playback on iPhone, iPad, iPod and more devices.

Free
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Publisher: T7R Studio Downloads: 582,910
HandBrake

HandBrake
Free

HandBrake

Rip data onto disk with this DVD-to-MPEG-4 ripper or converter.

Free
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Publisher: HandBrake Downloads: 1,464,653
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About video players

Web browsers can stream video and audio, but a dedicated video player is ideal for viewing a file that's already on your computer. Video players (aka media players) can handle most audio and video file types, though you may have difficulty playing Blu-ray discs.

  • What to look for

    File type
    Make sure the video player software can play the types of video that you want to watch. Check the file extension of your files. For example, video.wmv is encoded in the Windows Media Video format. If you've told Windows to hide the extensions for most files, right-click the file and select Properties. The Type of File section will display the video's extension. On Download.com, the compatible file types are usually listed in the Publisher's Description section of the product page.

    • Product page publisher's description

    Quality settings
    Popular video players also have controls that let you adjust brightness, color, saturation, and other visual settings. These can't make a grainy or dark video look pristine and bright, but they can clean up the image. Audio controls with equalizer sliders also let you tweak the treble, bass, and midtone for better clarity (or to compensate for low-quality speakers).

    Digital rights management
    Some media is protected by digital rights management (DRM) to prevent you from making unauthorized copies. This media can usually only be accessed by using approved software. For example, Apple's music files that use the M4P extension are intended to be played only within iTunes or on an Apple-manufactured device. It's possible to remove this DRM, but it's a legal gray area, and exploring it can lead you to sketchy websites and downloads. Trying to play DRM-encrypted media with a general-purpose player like VLC or Media Player Classic will usually result in an error message.

    • Windows Media Player

      For most users, Windows Media Player would be a fine choice, but Microsoft stopped bundling it into the operating system starting with Windows 8 in 2012. If you're still on Windows 7, which will continue to receive security updates until January 2020, then sticking with Windows Media Player will keep things simple.

    • CNET video in VLC Media Player

    Best video players

    If you can't use Windows Media Player or don't want to, the following are fine video players, and they get periodic updates, meaning you'll get new features and security patches.

    VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Android)
    VLC is one of the most popular video players around and for good reason: It's completely free. How? It's backed by a nonprofit open-source organization. There are no ads, and you don't need to give the company an email address. You just download and install it, then play your video file. However, VLC won't play feature-film Blu-ray discs by default.

    Media Player Classic Home Cinema (Windows)
    Media Player Classic Home Cinema is the descendant of Media Player Classic, which emerged as a rival to VLC. Like VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free, open-source app. In some cases, it may play a file that VLC cannot, or play it more smoothly. People who play a lot of locally stored media usually have both apps installed, to cover as many bases as possible. Like VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema can't play feature film Blu-ray discs.

    Other ways to play videos

    Playing local video files in a Web browser
    You may be surprised to hear that you can often just click-and-drag a variety of media files into a Web browser window, and they'll play without trouble. This method isn't that popular, because you don't get as many controls, like brightness and color adjustment, but it works in a pinch. The major browsers, including Google Chrome, can handle most media formats just fine.

    Playing Blu-ray discs on your PC
    Sometimes your PC's Blu-ray drive has bundled software that will play Blu-ray discs, but it's often a trial version -- the license usually expires after 30 days. Once that time is up, you can't play any more discs until you buy a license, which costs in the $60 range. Blu-ray software is also notoriously glitchy. If you want to watch the discs at home, you're probably better off plugging a home theater Blu-ray player into your TV. There's a lot free Blu-ray playing software floating around on the Internet, but it's almost all sketchy.

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