There is no price in being able to watch a video downloaded from the Internet on many different devices, PCs, tablets, phones and consoles, even if very often it is difficult because you have to convert the videos into formats compatible with these devices. That's why I advise everyone to always have a video converting program at hand, with which it is possible to convert our videos into formats compatible with any platform, software and device.
There are many that are powerful and easy to use, they are available for free, for Windows, macOS and Linux, below is a list of the best programs to convert videos.
The first video converter program that I recommend is HandBrake: it is completely free and open source software that allows you to convert movies to MP4 or MKV files by converting them to compatible formats for viewing on computer, iPhone, iPad, Android and more. It is famous for its ability to “rip” DVD to MP4 / MKV files and also because it is very easy to use and packed with features. It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux.
To download it, you need to connect to the HandBrake website to get started. If you use Windows, click the link Download 64 bit, in order to start the software download. Once downloaded, click on the .exe file and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on Yes and Next. Click on I Agree and Install and complete the setting by clicking on the Finish button. Once done open the program by clicking on the shortcut that was added to the Start menu.
If you are using a MAC, after going to the HandBrake website, click on the Intel 64bit Download link to download the program. Once you have finished downloading, open the .dmg package and move the HandBrake icon to the macOS Applications folder, right-click on it and select the Open item twice in a row.
At this point, select the movie you want to convert by moving it to the program window, press the Presets button at the top right and, from the menu that has just opened, select the name of the device on which you want to watch the movie or if you don't know where you will play the video, select a generic profile.
Finally, after making other settings in the settings menu, click on the Browse button at the bottom, choose the location on your PC where you want to save the video you just converted and press the Start button, you find it at the top left, now you can start the conversion.
Adapter is another excellent software that belongs to the category as the best program to convert video, it is a free software for Windows and macOS, which allows you to convert and compress videos, supports many file formats, both incoming and outgoing , also allowing you to extract only the audio from your movies. It has a nice user interface and in Spanish. In short, wanting better is impossible.
To download to your computer, go to the program's website and click the Download Adapter button at the top of the page. Once the file download is complete, if you use Windows, click on the .exe file you just downloaded and, in the window that opened on the desktop, click on Yes. Click again on OK and Next, check the box next to I accept the agrement and click on Next (six times). Finally, click on Install and Finish. Please note that during the installation the FFMPEG files useful for the correct functioning of the program and VLC will be installed, I think you already know it, don't you?
If, on the other hand, you are using macOS, open the .dmg package you just downloaded, move the Adapter icon to the Mac Applications folder, right-click on it and select the Open item twice in a row, in this way we will succeed to open the program bypassing Apple's limitations. Also in this case, the FFMPEG files useful for the correct functioning of the program will be installed.
Now, regardless of the operating system of your computer, move the videos you want to convert into the Adapter window that appears on the screen, click on the menu at the bottom, here you will have to select the Video item, the category and format or the output device. If, on the other hand, you only need to extract the audio from your movies, you must select the Audio item from the menu and indicate the target format.
To finish, click on Convert you find it at the bottom right and wait for the conversion to be completed. By default, the file will be saved in the same location as the original one. If you want to change the saving position and set other settings related to the output, you have to put your hands or the mouse in the options you find in the Custom section, you see it in the right part of the Adapter window.
Any Video Converter (Windows/macOS)
Any Video Converter is another great program to convert video for free, works on Windows and macOS, supports all popular media file formats. It allows you to create movies compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and other devices, extract only the audio from the video and download the videos from the Internet and save them in the desired format.
If you use Windows, connect to the Any Video Converter website and click on Free Download. Once the download is finished, open the downloaded .exe file and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on Yes and on Install now! Now open it.
If you are using macOS, visit this other Any Video Converter page, click on Free Download, open the .dmg package you just downloaded and move the program icon to the Applications folder on your MAC. Click on it with the right mouse button and press the Open item twice consecutively, in order to open Any Video Converter bypassing the Cupertino restrictions that limit the use of applications that come from non-certified developers.
By default, video files will be saved in the Any Video Converter folder which you will find located in the Videos folder on Windows and Movies on macOS. If you want to configure a different location for saving files, on Windows click on the settings located in the upper right part of the program, click on the Browse button next to Set destination folder and select it. On macOS, you have to go to the Any Video Converter> Preferences menu located at the top left, press the […] button and set the output folder from the window that appears.
If, on the other hand, what you are interested in is knowing how to download videos from the Internet and save them in the format you want, on Windows you have to go to the tab Add URL, while on macOS you have to click on Video download located at the top.
Format Factory (Windows)
Format Factory is a great video converting program that I recommend you download, because it allows you to convert all major formats of multimedia files. This means that it not only converts videos but also photos and songs. It can only be used on Windows and is free.
To download the software to your computer, you need to go to the official website and click on the Download Format Factory xx link (direct link), this will start the download. When the download is finished, open the .exe file you just downloaded and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click first on Yes and then on Install, finally finish the procedure by clicking on the Finish button and then on OK. During the installation you will be offered to download programs that if they are downloaded the developer of the program keeps earning a few cents, if you are not interested declines the offer by selecting the item No, thanks or Decline.
To convert a movie with Format Factory, move it to the main window of the program that you have in front of you on the desktop and select the format you want to convert the video to or select the Portable device item to create videos to then watch on your smartphone or tablet. After this, open the Settings, if you want to set the output quality, and start the conversion, just click on the OK and Go buttons.
By default, the videos will be saved in the same folder as the original file. To change the save path, click on the Edit button located next to the folder selection menu, located at the bottom right.
Smart Converter (macOS)
If you are using a Mac and no video converter program that I recommended has satisfied you, then you can try Smart Converter, a free video converter program that allows you to convert all major video formats. It allows you to extract audio from a movie and is extremely simple to use.
If you want to install it on your computer, visit the Mac App Store page dedicated to the program, click on See in the Mac App Store and, in the Mac App Store window that appears, click on the Get / Install button. If asked, verify your identity by entering your Apple account password or using Touch ID.
Now, open the program by pressing the Open button, move the video to convert to its main window, open the More menu, select the format in which you want to convert the video from this menu and click the Convert button. The converted video will be saved in the SmartConverter folder located in the Movies folder on your Mac.
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