How to Convert Video Files (Change Video Format) - 4 Easy Ways

Convert Videos to AVI, MP4, MKV, DVD, MPEG

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

You can convert all kinds of video files, such as MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, MKV, DIVX and many other video files.

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Converting videos using free and paid ($) software:

Related: How to Convert MP4 Video Files to a DVD that will Play on Any DVD Player

Video Conversion / Video 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".[1]

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

Video Converter

A video converter is software designed to change video formats.

Video converters allow you to convert your video files to all kinds of video formats and devices.

There are many free and paid video converters available, which makes it difficult to choose one.

If you are looking for good free video converters, then Handbrake, Freemake Video Converter and Any Video Converter are good options.

And:

If you are looking for good paid video converters, then Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate and WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe are good options.

Video Container & File Formats

A video file format is a type of file format for storing digital video data on a computer system.[2]

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.[3]

A video container exists solely for the purpose of bundling all of the audio, video, subtitle, and codec files into one organized package.[4]

Examples of video container and file formats:


How to Convert Video Files using Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is a well known video converter which allows you to easily convert your videos to:


Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

It's much more than just a video converter, because you can also use this software to:

Learn more > >

You can find Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate here.

Convert Videos

Here I will show you step by step how to convert video files, but if you want to convert and burn your video(s) to a playable DVD which can be played on any DVD player, then CLICK HERE to jump to the right tutorial on this page.

1. Open Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.

2. Click on the "Add Files" button if you want to add a video or multiple videos or click on the small ▼ button located next to "Add Files" and choose "Add Folder" if you want to add a folder with video files inside (e.g. VIDEO_TS folder).

load video in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

3. Select the video file(s) or folder and click on "Open" and Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will load the video file(s) or folder.

4. Click on the button located under "Output Format" and select a video format or device.

select video format or device in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

5. At "Output 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, just click on the small ... button, select a location and click on "OK".

6. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then click on the "T None" button. Now you will have the following two options:

add subtitles to video in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

7. If you want to edit the video (trim, cut, crop, add effect, rotate, etc...), then click on "Edit", edit your video and click on "OK" to save.

edit video in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

8. Click on the "Convert" button located at the bottom right.

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

Convert & Burn Videos to DVD using Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

You can also convert and burn your video(s) to a playable DVD which can be played on any DVD player.

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD-writer drive of your PC.

2. Open Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.

3. Click on "Burn" located in the top menu.

convert and burn videos to dvd using Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

4. Click on the "Add Files" button if you want to add a video or videos or click on the small ▼ button located next to "Add Files" and choose "Add Folder" if you want to add a folder with video files inside (e.g. VIDEO_TS folder).

load video in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

5. Select the video file(s) or folder and click on "Open" and Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will load the video file(s) or folder.

6. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then click on the "T None" button. Now you will have the following two options:

add subtitles to video in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

7. If you want to edit the video (trim, cut, crop, add effect, rotate, etc...), then click on "Edit", edit your video and click on "OK" to save.

edit video in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

8. At "Burn Settings" located on the right side, you can change the following DVD settings:

9. Click on the "Burn" button located at the bottom right.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will first convert your video file(s) and then burn it to DVD or save it as a DVD folder on your PC. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the size of the video file(s).

How to Convert Video Files using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a great video converter which allows you to easily convert your videos to:


WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

It's much more than just a video converter, because you can also use this software to:

Learn more > >

You can find WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe here.

Convert Videos

Here I will show you step by step how to convert video files, but if you want to convert and burn your video(s) to a playable DVD which can be played on any DVD player, then CLICK HERE to jump to the right tutorial on this page.

1. Open WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

2. Click on the "Video" button.

load video in WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

3. Select the video file(s) and click on "Open" and WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe will load the video file(s) and then it will show you a "Output Profile" window where you will need to choose a output video format or device.

4. Select a video format or device and click on "OK".

mp4 video format converting videos WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

5. If you want higher quality, then turn the switch to "HQ".

converting videos in higher quality using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Note: Converting in higher quality will take longer.

6. After selecting a video format, device or website, you will need to click on "OK".

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, just click on the "Browse" button, select a location and click on "Select Folder".

8. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then click on the "Subtitle Disabled" button. 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...), then click on "Edit", edit your video and click on "Done" to save.

edit video in WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

10. If you want to merge multiple video files, then select "Merge" located near the big "RUN" button.

11. Click on the "RUN" button located at the bottom right.

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

Convert & Burn Videos to DVD using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

You can also convert and burn your video(s) to a playable DVD which can be played on any DVD player.

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD-writer drive of your PC.

2. Open WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

3. Click on the "Video" button.

load video in WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

4. Select the video file(s) and click on "Open" and WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe will load the video file(s) and then it will show you a "Output Profile" window where you will need to choose a output video format or device.

5. Choose "DVD Profile" located under "Output Profile Category".

6. Select the right DVD format. "NTSC DVD Format" or "PAL DVD Format" (depends on the region where you live).

select dvd format in WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

7. If you want higher quality, then turn the switch to "HQ".

converting videos in higher quality using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Note: Converting in higher quality will take longer.

8. After selecting a DVD format, you will need to click on "OK".

9. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then click on the "Subtitle Disabled" button. Now you will have the following two options:

add subtitles to video using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

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

edit video in WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

11. If you want to merge multiple video files, then select "Merge" located near the big "RUN" button.

12. Click on the "RUN" button located at the bottom right.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe will first convert your video file(s) and then burn to DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the size of the video file(s).

How to Convert Video Files using HandBrake

HandBrake is a well known free tool for converting videos from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported video formats and devices.

HandBrake

You can download HandBrake here. Supported operating system(s): Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.12, and Linux.

1. Open HandBrake.

2. A sidebar called "Source Selection" should appear on the left side of the program. If not, then click on "Source" located at the top left.

load video in handbrake

3. Choose between:

4. Go to "Destination" and click on the "Browse" button.

5. Open the location on your computer where you would like to save the converted video file.

6. Enter a name for your video file at "File name" and click on "Save".

7. If you want 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.

8. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then click on "Subtitles" (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

9. Click on "Start" (top menu).

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

How to Convert Video Files using Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter is a free video converter which allows you to easily convert your videos to many video formats and devices, such as MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV, MP3, DVD, 3GP, SWF, FLV, HD, MOV, RM, QT, Divx, Xvid, TS, MTS, iPhone, Android and more.

Freemake Video Converter

You can download Freemake Video Converter here. Supported operating system(s): Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

Warning! as with many free software, also Freemake comes bundled with crapware (unwanted extra software that you don't need). So pay attention when installing this software and uncheck all extra offers.

Convert Video Files

Here I will show you step by step how to convert video files, but if you want to convert and burn your video(s) to a playable DVD which can be played on any DVD player, then CLICK HERE to jump to the right tutorial on this page.

1. Open Freemake Video Converter.

2. Click on the "+ Video" button located at the top.

load video in Freemake Video Converter

3. Go to the location on your computer where the video file is stored.

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

5. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then click on "Subtitles off". Now you will have the following two options:

add subtitles to video in Freemake video converter

6. If you want to edit the video (trim, cut, crop, adjust audio volume, etc...), then click on the scissors button located on the right side of your video, edit your video and click on "OK" to save.

edit video in Freemake video converter

7. Choose a video format or device at the bottom.

select video format or device in Freemake video converter

8. A small "Video ouput parameters" window will appear and here you will have the following options:

If you don't know what to choose, then just leave it as it is.

9. Click on "Convert".

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

Convert & Burn Videos to DVD using Freemake Video Converter

You can also convert and burn your video(s) to a playable DVD which can be played on any DVD player.

1. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD-writer drive of your PC.

2. Open Freemake Video Converter.

3. Click on the "+ Video" button located at the top.

load video in Freemake Video Converter

4. Go to the location on your computer where the video file is stored.

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

6. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then click on "Subtitles off". Now you will have the following two options:

add subtitles to video in Freemake video converter

7. If you want to edit the video (trim, cut, crop, adjust audio volume, etc...), then click on the scissors button located on the right side of your video, edit your video and click on "OK" to save.

edit video in Freemake video converter

8. Click on the "to DVD" button located at the bottom.

9. A small "DVD ouput parameters" window will appear and here you will have the following options:

10. Click on the "Burn" button.

Freemake Video Converter will first convert your video file(s) and then burn to DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the size of the video file(s).

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