Video converting program

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HandBrake (Windows / macOS / Linux)

The first video converting program I want to advise you to consider is HandBrake: it is a totally free and open source software that allows you to convert movies into MP4 or MKV files, optimizing them for viewing on computers, iPhones, iPads, Android terminals and other devices. It is also known for its ability to “rip” DVDs to MP4 / MKV files and for being extremely simple to use (but not lacking in features). It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux.



To use it, first connect to the HandBrake website. After that, if you are using Windows, click on the link Download (64 bit) present under the icon with the pennant Windows so that the software download starts.

Successively, apri il .exe file obtained and, in the window appears on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes e Next. Then press on the buttons I Agree e install and finish the setup by clicking on the button Finish. Then call up the program by clicking on the relevant one collegamento which was added to the Start menu.

Stai using MacOS, after going to the HandBrake website, click on the link Download (Intel 64bit) located under the icon with the Finder to download the program. Once the download is complete, open the package .dmg ricavato e trascina l 'HandBrake icon in the folder Applications say macOS, fai clic destroy your di essa and select the voice apri for two consecutive times, so as to open the application going to circumvent the limitations that Apple imposes on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).



At this point, select the movie you intend to convert by dragging it to the program window (which has appeared on the screen in the meantime), click on the button Presets at the top right and, from the menu that opens, select the device name you want to play the movie on or, alternatively, select a generic profile.

Note that the video output format is changed depending on the chosen profile. If you want, however, you can set what you prefer using the drop-down menu Size attached to the card Summary in the center of the window. Also through the central part of the window, you can also adjust the settings related to theaudio, To subtitles, To codec etc.

To conclude, click on your button KATEGORIEN located at the bottom, indicate the location on your computer where you want to save the converted video and press the button Home located at the top left, in order to start the conversion procedure.

Adapter (Windows / macOS)

Adapter is another excellent program belonging to the category object of this guide that I invite you to consider: it is a renowned free software for Windows and macOS, which allows you to convert and compress videos supporting many different file formats, both incoming and output, also allowing you to extrapolate only the audio from the movies and the various frames in the form of images. It should also be noted that it has a really nice user interface translated into cittàn. In short, it is difficult to wish for anything better.


To download it to your computer, visit the program's website and click the button Download Adapter located at the top of the page. Completed the download, if you are using Windows, start the .exe file obtained and, in the window that opens on the desktop, presses the button Si. Then click on the buttons OK e Next, check the box next to the wording I accept the agrement and click to lock your button Next (six times in a row). Finally, press the buttons install e Finish. Keep in mind that during the installation process they will be downloaded and installed as well FFMPEG (essential for the proper functioning of the program) e VLC (a famous multimedia player that I told you about in detail also in my tutorial on the subject).


Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg obtained, drag theAdapter icon in the folder Applications on your Mac, right-click on it and select the item apri twice in a row, in order to start the program, bypassing the limitations that Apple applies to applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start). Even then, you may see a warning about the download of FFMPEG.

Now, regardless of the OS used, drag the videos you want to convert into the Adapter window that appears on the screen, press the menu at the bottom, select the item Video category reference and the format or device output. If you want to extract only the audio files from your movies, select the item Audio from the menu and indicates the format destination you prefer.


If you want to make further changes to the characteristics of the final file, click the button with thegear at the bottom right and use the items and options corresponding to the sections Video, Resolution, Audio etc.

Per conclusdere, pigia sul pulsating Convert located at the bottom right and wait for the conversion procedure to start and complete. By default, the final file is saved in the same location as the original file. If you want to change this behavior and adjust the other settings related to the output, change the options that you find in the section Custom, always in the right part of the Adapter window.

Any Video Converter (Windows / macOS)

Any Video Converter is another great video converting program, running on both Windows and macOS, which supports all popular multimedia file formats. It also allows you to create movies compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, consoles and various other devices, to extract only the audio track and to take the videos of interest from the Internet and save them in your favorite format.


To download it on Windows, connected to the program's website and presses the button free Download. When the download is complete, open the .exe file ottenuto e, nella finestra che compare sul desktop, clic sui pulsanti Si, Install now! e Start now!.

If, on the other hand, you are using macOS, connected to this other page of the program's website, click on the button free Download, april il package .dmg just got it and drag theprogram icon in the folder Applications Of computer. So right click on it and select the item apri for two consecutive times, in order to start Any Video Converter going to circumvent Apple's restrictions on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

Now that the software window appears on the screen, drag and drop the video files you want to convert onto it, select the format output or the device from the drop-down menu on the right and click on the button Converted (Windows) located at the top or on what Convert Now (on macOS) located at the bottom.

By default, video files will be saved in the folder Any Video Converter present in that Video on Windows and in that Movies on macOS. If you want to set a custom destination location, on Windows click thegear located in the upper right part of the program window, click on the button Shop by Department next to the item Set destination folder and select it from there. On macOS, on the other hand, go to the menu Any Video Converter> Preferences at the top left, press the button [...] and set the output folder from the window that opens.

If before converting your video you prefer to edit the audio and video parameters, on Windows you have to expand the related tabs on the left, while on macOS you have to click on theicon of the format or output device next to the video title and use the drop-down menus available.

As for the ability to download videos from the Internet and save them locally on the desired format, on Windows you can do it by going to the tab Add URL, while on macOS you have to click on the entry Video download located at the top.

Format Factory (Windows)

Another great video converter program that I recommend you download is Format Factory, which allows you to convert all major multimedia file formats together. This means that it can handle not only videos but also photos and music. It is for Windows operating systems only and is free.

To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the link Download Format Factory xx (direct link), in order to start the download. When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, first click on the button Yes and then on the one with it written Install, then finish the setup by clicking on the button end and on that OK. If you are offered the installation of additional programs, also declines the offer by selecting the item No thanks o Decline.

To convert a movie with Format Factory, drag it into the main application window that has opened on the desktop in the meantime and select the format you want to transform it into or the voice Portable device (to create videos to watch on smartphones and tablets) from the box that appears. Then click on the button Settings, if you want to set the quality of the output file, and start the conversion procedure by clicking on the buttons OKvai.

By default, movies are saved in the same folder as the source file. To change the destination path, click on the button Modification located next to the folder selection menu (bottom right).

Smart Converter (macOS)

I use a Mac and none of the resources I have already told you about convinced you in a particular way? Then I advise you to try Smart Converter, a free video converter program that supports all major video file formats. It allows you to extrapolate even the audio only and is extremely intuitive.

If you want to install it on your computer, go to the Mac App Store online dedicated to it, click on the button See in the Mac App Store and, in the window of Mac App Store that opens on the desktop, click the button Ottieni / Installa. If prompted, verify your identity by typing the Password of your Apple account or using the touch ID (if you have a Mac with Touch ID).

At this point, start the program by pressing the button apri, drag the movie to convert into its main window, expand the menu More, select from the latter the format of output you want to get and click on the button Convert. The final file will be saved in the folder Smartconverter present in the path Movies from the Mac.

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