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Free MP4 Video Converter takes videos saved in unfamiliar or incompatible formats and converts them into MP4s, which are to videos what MP3s are to music files, more or less. DVDVideoSoft's freeware converter makes it super-easy to convert videos into MP4s tailored to give the best picture on your specific device -- whether it's a smartphone, tablet, or widescreen LCD. It handles just about any video format you're likely to encounter, including AVI, IVF, DIV, DIVX, M4V, WEBM, WMV, ASF, MOV, QT, MTS, M2T, DAT, 3GP2, FLV, AMV,OGV, TS, and many others. Free MP4 Video Converter runs in Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.
Free MP4 Video Converter's installation and setup is a bit more complicated than some similar tools, and not just in the extra programs we avoided by opting for the custom installation. The installer ran a series of tests on our system's graphics and video capabilities, including whether it's suitable for GPU acceleration and whether all codec packs were up to date. The program's user interface is fairly standard, though the background design may be a matter of taste. If it doesn't suit yours, several others are available, including a plain-vanilla look, as well as other options such as playing sounds and enabling ATI acceleration for compatible hardware. Free MP4 Video Converter also includes many language options, plus the ability to save profiles and run them with a wizard.
What we like about Free MP4 Video Converter starts with its Quality menu: Select your device type or manufacturer or a specific output format, and then choose your exact device, screen resolution, or other parameters from the larger submenu. It made quick work of converting a 26-minute YouTube video to play on our Samsung smartphone. For freeware, Free MP4 Video Converter offers a lot.