How to Change Video Format (Convert Videos) in 5 Easy Ways

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This tutorial will show you step by step how to change video format (convert videos) in a few different ways using free and paid software.

This tutorial works for all video formats, such as MP4, MKV, AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV and FLV.

Contents

Converting videos using free and paid ($) software:

Related: How to Convert MP4 to MP3

Video Conversion (Encoding)

Video encoding is the process of converting digital video files from one format to another. Encoding is also known as "transcoding" or "video conversion".

Most people convert their videos (mostly movies), so that they can play the video file(s) on their computer, smartphone, game console, DVD-player, tablet, smart TV, media player or upload and share the video file(s) on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo or Daily Motion.

Video Converter

A video converter is software designed to change video formats.

Video conversion software allow you to convert videos from one format to another.

Video Container and File Formats

A video file format is a type of file format for storing digital video data on a computer system.

A video file is usually compressed to reduce file size and normally consists of a multimedia container, which is a digital file format that holds audio, video and subtitles.

A video container exists solely for the purpose of bundling all of the audio, video, subtitle, and codec files into one organized package.

Examples of video container and file formats:

How to Convert a Video using Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

You can find Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate here (affiliate link).

Tip: If you want to add subtitles to your video file, then place the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and make sure that the subtitle file has the same file name as the video file.

Example:

1. Open Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.

2. Click on "+ Add Files" at the top left.

3. Go to the video file stored on your computer.

4. Select the video file and click on "Open".

Or double-click on the video file.

Wondershare Video Converter will now load the video file.

5. Click at "Target" (right side) on the ▾ (down pointing triangle) button.

wondershare video converter video output selection button

6. Select a video format or device.

7. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then make sure that the subtitle file is selected.

mp4 video and srt subtitle wondershare video converter

Usually it's selected by default if you placed the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and gave it the same file name.

If the subtitle file is not selected you click on the button, click on "Add Subtitles", select the subtitle file and then click on open.

8. If you want to edit the video (trim, cut, crop, add effect, rotate, etc.), then click on one of the icons located underneath the video thumbnail, edit your video and then click on "OK" to save.

edit video in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

9. When you're ready you click on the "Convert" button.

Wondershare Video Converter will now change video format. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the file size of the video.

How to Convert a Video using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

You can find WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe here (affiliate link).

Tip: If you want to add subtitles to your video file, then place the subtitle file in the same folder as the video file and make sure that the subtitle file has the same file name as the video file.

Example:

1. Open WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

2. Click on "Video" at the top left.

3. Go to the video file stored on your computer.

4. Select the video file and click on "Open".

Or double-click on the video file.

WinX Video Converter will now load the video file.

When it's done loading it will show a "Output Profile" window.

5. Select a video format or device.

Tip: If you want the best quality, then turn the switch to "HQ".

Note: Converting in higher quality will take longer.

6. Click on the "OK" button at the bottom right.

7. At "Destination Folder" located at the bottom you can view and change the location on your PC where you want to save the new converted video file.

To change the location, click on the "Browse" button, select a location and then click on the "Select Folder" button.

8. If you want to add subtitles to your video you click on "Subtitle Disabled" or sometimes you will see "No Subtitle".

Now you will have the following two options:

add subtitles to video using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

9. If you want to edit the video (trim, cut, crop, adjust audio volume, etc...) you click on "Edit", edit your video and then click on "Done" to save.

edit video in WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

10. When you're ready you click on the "RUN" button located at the bottom right.

WinX Video Converter will now convert the video. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the file size of the video.

How to Convert a Video using HandBrake

You can download HandBrake here.

1. Open HandBrake.

A "Source Selection" window will appear. If not, click on "Source" at the top left.

2. Click on "File".

3. Go to the video file stored on your computer.

4. Select the video file and click on "Open".

Or double-click on the video file.

HandBrake will now load the video file.

5. Click on the "Browse" button next to "Destination".

6. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the new video file.

7. At "File name" you enter a name for the video file.

8. Click on the "Save" button.

9. You can specify presets and custom settings.

If you don't know what all of this means, then just choose a preset, like Universal and Container > MP4.

10. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then click on the "Subtitles" tab (located at Output Settings), click on "Import SRT", select the srt subtitle file, click on "Open" and then check "Burn In".

add subtitles to video using handbrake

11. When you're ready you click on "Start Encode" located in the top menu.

HandBrake will now change the video format. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the file size of the video.

How to Convert a Video using VLC Media Player

You can download VLC media player here.

1. Open VLC media player.

2. Click on "Media" (top left) and then click on "Convert / Save...".

convert feature in vlc media player

3. Click on the "Add" button.

4. Go to the video file stored on your computer.

5. Select the video file and click on "Open".

Or double-click on the video file.

6. Click on the "Convert / Save" button located at the bottom.

7. At "Profile" you can select a preset profile by clicking on the selection button.

select profile in vlc media player

Tip: You can edit, delete or create new profiles using the three buttons located next to the selection button.

8. Click on the "Browse" button next to "Destination file".

9. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the new video file.

10. At "File name" you enter a name for the video file ending with the file extension (e.g. video.mp4, video.avi, etc.).

11. Click on the "Save" button.

12. When you're ready you click on the "Start" button.

VLC media player will now convert the video. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the file size of the video.

How to Convert a Video using Free HD Video Converter Factory

You can download Free HD Video Converter Factory here.

1. Open HD Video Converter Factory.

2. Click on "Add Files" at the top left.

3. Go to the video file stored on your computer.

4. Select the video file and click on "Open".

Or double-click on the video file.

5. Click on the video format icon at the right, below "Output Format".

choose output format in hd video converter factory

6. Select a video format or device.

7. If you want to add subtitles to your video you click on "T Disabled", click on "Add subtitle", select the subtitle file and then click on "Open".

add subtitles to video in hd video converter factory

8. At "Output Folder" at the bottom you can view and change the location on your PC where you want to save the new converted video file.

To change this location, click on the small folder icon, select a location on your computer and then click on the "OK" button.

9. When you're ready you click on the "Run" button at the bottom right.

HD Video Converter Factory will now change the video format. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the file size of the video.