In some cases, however, it may be necessary to compress the video in a format that takes up less disk space, especially if it must then be copied to the memory of a mobile phone or a USB stick.
In this regard, we must not rely on expensive and difficult to use paid programs, but we can rely on some free and simple software, to the point that it can also be used by less experienced users. Let's see together i best programs to convert videos which combine simplicity, speed and good conversion quality.
Programs to convert video on PCAll the programs mentioned in the guide are distinguished from the others (even very famous ones) for being free, without any hidden advertising and acting quickly and quickly on any file.
The programs we recommend support a large variety of different video formats, so we can convert videos for a specific device or with a codec we like.
Freemake Video ConverterThe simplest and most immediate program to use (even for inexperienced users) to convert video on a computer is Freemake Video Converter.
By installing this program on your computer we will be able to convert all videos to the most common formats such as MP4, MPEG, MKV and AVI, simply by adding the video files to the interface and choosing the right format from the profiles at the bottom. Among the additional features we point out the possibility of making videos optimized for YouTube (to upload them online at the right quality), the DVD Video creator (to make discs compatible with old players) and the tool for joining video files, very much useful for making a single video starting from many different files or shots.
Some functions are only available for a fee, but the free version is more than enough to convert videos on the fly, acting on a few parameters and pressing just two buttons.
HandBrakeOne of the best programs to use on a PC for ripping and converting videos is without a doubt HandBrake.
With it it will be possible to convert local videos or DVD / Blu-ray in possession, so as to obtain videos much smaller and compatible with all modern devices.
To convert, simply click on Open Source to select the source of the video to convert, choose one of the predefined profiles present in Presets and, once the various codec screens have been properly adjusted, choose the path where to save the file in Save As and start the conversion by clicking on Start Encode. In a few minutes we will have our video converted to the desired format!
To make the most of this powerful tool we can also read our guide on how Convert video and DVD to MP4 or MKV on PC and Mac.
VidCoderThe first valid alternative to WinFF is definitely VidCoder, downloadable from the Microsoft Store or as a simple installer.
In a neat and modern interface we can find everything you need to convert any video.
Let's add the source by clicking on File video o DVD / Blu-ray folder (in case we want to convert films to optical disc) or by using the button Open to source, then click on Encryption Profile to be able to choose one of the predefined profiles offered by the program (there are various consoles, TVs and smartphones to choose from). By clicking on the gear button and the Play button immediately above the profile name we will also be able to make changes to the codec and the converter, so as to adapt it to our needs, while to choose the destination folder just click at the bottom on Select the save path.
When ready, just click on the top Converted to start converting the video. Excellent preview mode that will encode a small part of the video and show us the result in the player, so as to check if the quality is sufficient.
File ConverterIf we are looking for a very fast and integrated converter within the Windows context menu, the best choice is File Converter.
Once installed on our Windows system, just right-click on any video file on the disc and select the menu File Converter.
A cascading window will open in which to choose the format to convert the video to; just choose the one you want to start the conversion (the generated file will be saved in the same folder where the original file is present, with the name changed accordingly). Definitely the fastest and most practical way to convert any video on the fly, since there are no programs to open and it is all integrated into the system. If you want to change profiles, just use your voice Configure presets, present in the drop-down menu where you can choose the video format.
MeGUIAnother program that we can use to convert video on Windows is MeGUI.
This portable program (ie usable without even installing it) may be slightly complex to use, but just rely on the mode OneClick to be able to convert any video quickly and without too many worries. Then we open the program, click on OneClick at the bottom and, in the new window that will appear, click on the small triangle-shaped button next to the field Input, so as to choose the starting file. We ignore the other audio and subtitle fields, so we click Config next to the OneClick profile item to be able to modify the conversion parameters (we can choose both the codec and the container), confirm and choose where to save the converted file, by clicking on the three dots next to the field Output file.
At the end, all we have to do is confirm with the key Queue, go to the Queue tab and start the conversion by clicking on the button Home. The program is designed to be able to convert a large number of files and to perform numerous additional tasks, but even as a simple converter it does very well!
XMedia RecodeAnother program that we recommend you to try to convert videos is XMedia Recode.
With this program we will be able to convert one or more videos, starting from the files saved on the PC or from an optical disc (DVD or Blu-ray) and selecting one of the profiles available in the central part: we can both choose recent and famous devices (such as for example consoles or Smart TVs) or choose more generic profiles, excellent for maintaining compatibility. Finally, we choose the destination path below and, when ready, click on the button Encode to start the conversion process. For its ease of use it is one of the best programs to use on Windows, even more so if we need to convert the videos into a format compatible with one of our technological devices (if we don't know anything about codecs, better to rely on this type of profiles to avoid errors).
WinffOne of the best programs to convert video to PC totally free is WinFF.
With this simple program we will be able to convert any video to MP4 or AVI, so as to always have maximum compatibility with the most used playback devices. To upload a video, simply click on the Add button, choose the video to convert in the explorer window and, once added to the program, choose the conversion format in the field Convert To.
For the conversion we also choose one of the predefined profiles that can be loaded from the Predefined field, we choose the destination folder then click at the top on Converted. If we want to have more control over the conversion process, just click on top options, so as to unlock advanced codec and converter configurations. It doesn't get faster and simpler than that, not surprisingly it's one of the programs that we recommend you try right away.
ConclusionsThe ones we have shown you are the best programs to convert videos that can be installed on any PC with Windows as an operating system (from Windows 7 to Windows 10), ready to use and able to convert any video format or container (AVI, MKV or MP4).
If we want to convert videos on our Android smartphone or tablet, we invite you to read the guide to Best apps to convert audio and video on Android.
If, on the other hand, we need a tool to convert old DVD Videos into convenient video files to be viewed on a PC or Smart TV, we recommend that you read our guide to 10 Programs to Rip DVD (Ripping) to PC.
Best programs to convert videos