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3 Simple and Free Methods to Change Video Format

Author by Charlotte

Updated on July 2nd, 2021

Do you want to change video format for better playback without format compatibility problem? This article shares 3 simple and free methods with you. Follow this article to learn how to change video formats in specific steps!

Why Do We Need to Change the Format of Videos?

Nowadays, it is common and closely associated with people's daily life to change the format of videos or convert videos to AVI, MP4 or any other common formats for better playback. Try to imagine whether you have encountered the following issues?

1. Failed to play downloaded videos, movies and dramas on televisions, mobile phones, and tablets?

2. The HD-recorded video cannot be edited because of incompatible format?

3. Failed to upload videos due to an unsupported file type?

4. iPhone Won't Play Videos? MKV Videos Won't Play on Samsung Smart TV? PS4 Fails to Play MP4? Google Drive Videos Not Playing?

The above are common issues people may encounter. Therefore, it is necessary to learn and get some video reformatting skills. Hence we introduce 3 simple methods to help you change video format to fix video conversion issues yourself in simple steps without any cost.

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How to Change Video Format with 3 Free and Simple Methods

Changing video format is not just simply changing the suffix name of a video file. Format changing involves video transcoding or video conversion, which may seem a little bit difficult, but you can easily reformat videos with the help of some free video file changers. I will recommend 3 simple and free video format changers to you at below.

Method 1 – The Recommended Converter – Free HD Video Converter Factory

Free HD Video Converter Factory is a powerful video format changer and video editor which supports 500+ output formats and devices. With its help, you can free change format of video within several simple clicks! It can also be used to extract audio from video, change audio formats, download online videos, etc. It is equipped with many preset profiles which reduce many complex works for you.

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Step1: Add Files for Video Format Change Preparation

Run Free HD Video Converter Factory and open Converter, then click the "Add Files" button to load videos or directly drag and drop them to the program.

Step2: Set the Output Format

Click the "Click to change output format" area on the right of the program and choose one video format under the "Video" tab that you want to change to.

Step3: Start to Change the Format of a Video

Set the output destination by clicking the inverted triangle icon at the bottom and lastly click the "Run" button to start the format conversion.

Method 2 – How to Change Video Format on Windows with VLC Media Player

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If you have already downloaded and installed VLC media player before, you can also use it as a video format changer/VLC converter.

Step1: Run VLC player, click Media > Convert/Save on the menu bar, or you can directly use the keyboard shortcuts "Ctrl + R".

Step2: Click the "Add" button to import a video and then click the "Convert/Save" button.

Step3: Click the "Profile" drop-down list and select the format and codec you want to change to. Experienced users also can edit parameters or add a new customized profile yourself.

Step4: Set the output destination and click the "Start" button.

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Method 3 – How to Convert Video Format with Handbrake

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Handbrake is a famous and free cross-platform video file changer with strong functions, such as adding subtitles, batch conversion. However, it may be a little bit complex for new users because its operation interface may not be so intuitive and clear. In addition, we have talked about how to extract audio with Handbrake before, here we share with you how to change the format of videos with it.

Step1: Run Handbrake, click "File" to import video.

Step2: Select the output destination and output container. Currently, it only includes MP4, WebM and MKV format.

Step3: Choose the format and codec you need in the right "Preset".

Step4: Finally click the upper "Start Encode" to begin to change format of video.

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At last...

The above 3 simple and free methods to change the format of videos can help you play videos with better compatibility. Of course, some online video conversion websites also allow you to change video format without installing anything. However, I am not recommending this method. Because online conversion is always limited by file size, annoying pop-ups, unstable server, upload and download speed, etc. As for me, I personally like to use method 1, you can free download the software to have a try!

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