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3 Simple and Free Methods to Change Video Format

Author by Charlotte

June 13, 2018

Do you want to change video format for better playback without format compatibility problem? This article shares 3 simple and free methods with you to change video file types. Follow this article to get 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 the time-consuming downloaded videos, movies and dramas on televisions, mobile phones, and tablets?

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

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

The above are common issues people may encounter. Therefore, it is necessary to learn and get some video conversion skills. Fortunately, here introduces 3 simple methods to help you free change video format to fix video conversion issues by yourself without any cost.

Hot search: WMV to MP4 | MP4 to AVI | MP4 to MKV

How to Change Video Format with 3 Free and Simple Methods

Changing video format is not simply changing the suffix name of a video file, which also refers to video transcoding or video conversion. It may look a little bit difficult, but you can easily change format of video with the help of some free video file changers. The below recommends 3 simple and free video format changers to you.

Method 1 – Free HD Video Converter Factory

Free HD Video Converter Factory is a powerful video format changer which supports 200+ output formats and devices. With the use of it, you can free change format of video within several simple clicks! It also supports to change audio formats, download online videos, etc. It is equipped with many preset profiles which reduces many complex works for you.

Also see: MP4 to Xvid | MKV to MP4| MOV to MPEG

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Guides on How to Change Video File Type

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Step1: Add Files for Video Format Change Preparation

Run Free HD Video Converter Factory, then click “Add Files” button or you can directly drag and drop the video file to the program.

Step2: Set the Output Format

Click “Output Format” button on the right of the program, choose the video format under the “Video” tab you want to change to.

Step3: Start to Change the Format of a Video

Set the output destination and click “Run” button to start the work.

Method 2 – 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.

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

Step2: Click “Add” button to insert video and then click “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 custom profile for yourself.

Step4: Set the output destination and click “Start” button.

Method 3 – 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 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 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.

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 online. 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 the method 1, you can free download the software to have a try!

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