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As technology progresses, numerous different types of media, and thus new file formats, emerge. This can pose a problem, though. With audio formats ranging from AIFF to WAV, trying to listen to music or even watch videos on your computer can become difficult and possibly tedious.

Today, I will show you some of the top free media converters for Windows to allow you be able to use, watch and listen to all your video and audio files.

Media Converter SA

free media converters windows

Media Converter SA may just be the best media converter ever created. Its simple and easy to use interface is enough to get anyone to use it, but besides that, Media Converter SA supports an incredibly large array of formats. It seems as if there are almost no audio or video formats that it cannot convert.

Besides converting in multiple formats, Media Converter SA comes with quite a large amount of settings that allow you to customize the process even further. Its features include: video resolution, start time, maximum file size, audio/video bit rate, recording time, and much more.

(Note: There is also an accompanying online media converter provided here if you would rather convert online.)

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MediaCoder

MediaCoder - audio and video converter

MediaCoder, while less of a user-oriented interface in comparison to Media Converter SA, still supports a fairly large amount of file formats and devices. One thing that really makes MediaCoder one of the top media converters is the number of features. Not only does MediaCoder support converting single files, but it also allows users to convert entire folders, tracks from DVD’s or CD’s, and even URL’s or RSS feeds.

Yet, it continues! You are given the option to change the settings for each format currently supported, which yields a lot of options.

If you are intending on converting a large amount of files or want to convert something probably not supported anywhere else, you definitely can with MediaCoder.

RazorLame

RazorLame

RazorLame is an extremely simple and to-the-point audio converter. While it does not have as many features as either Media Converter SA or MediaCoder, RazorLame supports common audio formats for regular use.

If all you need to do is convert a few MP3 or WAV files, then RazorLame may definitely be useful.

(Note: You will need to download LAME separately and locate it with RazorLame to use the application. LAME can be downloaded here.)

Windows Essential Codec Pack

Windows Essential Codec Pack

W.E.C.P. are a series of codecs that allow the user to view/listen to almost any media format introduced. What is neat about W.E.C.P. is that it doesn’t require the user to convert a file to a different format and thus have a duplicate file, but plays files without requiring separate conversion.

W.E.C.P. also comes with Media Player Classic to work with the codecs installed. If all you need to do is use certain media files once, then W.E.C.P. may be one of the best options.

Switch

Switch

Switch is an audio converter quite similar to Media Converter SA, due to its simple and easy-to-use interface. Supporting numerous audio formats is only part of Switch’s large array of options. Other features include: the ability to import playlists, ability to convert up to 32,000 files all at once, settings for individual audio bit rates, etc. Switch could be used for a multitude of different media.

I hope this helps some of you pick a media converter that is good for you. What do you use to convert media? Tell us in the comments.

  1. pengsz
    January 19, 2010 at 12:21 am

    i often use this Professional converter
    it is iMoviesoft Total Video Converter
    it can convert almost any video format with excellent conversion speed and quality, such as converting WMV to MP4, WMV to MPEG, MKV to AVI, WMV to AVI, AVI to MPEG, etc.. Furthermore, it can easily convert video files to popular audio files like converting WMV to MP3, AVI to WMA, MKV to AAC, MP4 to MP3, etc.

  2. ian0411
    December 11, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    To my experience, FormatFactory is the best free format converter software. You can try.

    http://www.formatoz.com/index.html

  3. videofan
    December 3, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Another good video converter named Leawo Video Converter which can convert videos among all pop formats well should be included into this list:
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    http://www.leawo.com/leawo-video-converter/

  4. dfmmj
    November 25, 2009 at 1:41 am

    besides SUPER, the wirtter failed to mention iWisoft Free Video Converter, which can convert all and edit videos.

    http://www.easy-video-converter.com

  5. pceasies
    July 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I myself move iPodME and FormatFactory. I Was using MediaCoder for the longest time, but it's a bit tricky to understand, whereas FormatFactory is straight forward and easy. For DVDs the only thing you should even consider is HandBrake and AutoGK, maybe AutoMKV too.

    I think I better try Mediacoder SA

    • pceasies
      July 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

      Media Convert SA **

  6. Jose
    April 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Try also this powerful free media converter:
    Oxelon Media Converter

  7. Brian
    March 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    You don't need codec packs if you use a GOOD media player like VLC. :)

  8. Darkou
    January 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I am also stunned that Quick Media Converter from http://www.cocoonsoftware.com one of the simplest and most complete free converters around is not even mentionned ???

    It has been selected by lifehackers.com and Pcmag as on of the best freewares of 2008 and 2009

    http://lifehacker.com/5110552/most-popular-free-windows-downloads-of-2008

    http://www.cocoonsoftware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=72&Itemid=73

  9. Joshua
    November 4, 2008 at 4:58 am

    Yuck! Codec packs? That's just wrong on so many levels.
    I only install the codecs that I need, and for playback I use ffdshow. Much cleaner.

  10. Force
    November 2, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    WinFF is one I've been using for some time now. It's basically a GUI front-end for ffmpeg. Runs on Windows and Linux.

  11. Katrineholm Uncensored
    November 2, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I think if one is brought upon in a particular faith-here, Windows-one should stick with it and not convert. Too much hopping around leads to confusion. :-)

  12. brian
    November 2, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Very nice list!

    http://www.livbit.com

  13. Will
    November 2, 2008 at 10:59 am

    FormatFactory is top-notch too

  14. figaro
    November 2, 2008 at 10:15 am

    great list!

    I see you included "windows essentials codec pack"
    I personally prefer K-Lite codec pack, but whatever works for you :)

  15. The Windows Fix
    November 2, 2008 at 8:53 am

    I honestly thing MediaConverter.org is best of the best for online converters.

  16. Aaron
    November 2, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Thanks for this list. I tried out MC SA and it worked great. I'll just add these to my growing list of free converters.

  17. Tahko Tetsujin
    November 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    The fact that the free edition of "Any Video Converter" didn't make the top of this list makes this entire article worthless.

    any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/

  18. Jenn Mixx
    November 2, 2008 at 7:20 am

    SUPER has far more options than Media Converter SA. Also it can convert to/from far more formats. Just google 'super' to find it.

  19. Hosain
    November 2, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Where is MEGUI?

  20. iBeer
    November 2, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Great Post!

    I try mediacoder! it's ok!

  21. David steinalge
    November 2, 2008 at 8:31 am

    I'm shocked to see that SUPER wasn't mentioned:

    videohelp.com/tools/SUPER

  22. Jack
    November 2, 2008 at 6:51 am

    The French firm koyotesoft offers a free audioconverter and a free videoconverter. Both are excellent.
    "Supports large range of formats like AVI, MP4, iPod, PSP, 3GP (mobile phone format), Zune, iPhone, FLV, MKV, WMV, ASF, MOV, QuickTime, MPEG, RM, VCD, VOB... You can choose to convert only some parts of your videos. Free Video Converter allow to set the Start Time, end time or duration that you wan to extract. You can choose to only extract the sound of your video into MP3, WMA, MP2, AAC... Extremely fast conversion speed. Completely FREE. For Windows 2000/XP/Vista. Size: 3.34MB". The audioconverter converts Mp3, Wma, Ogg, Aac, M4a, Ac3, Ape, Flac, and Wav files.

    koyotesoft.com/indexEn.html

  23. Ken Burkes
    November 1, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    This is an awesome list! I'm just a little sad to see you didn't include the ugly but extremely useful tool SUPER © which can basically encode and convert just about anything.

    Regardless, great post Will!

    • seouy
      December 7, 2009 at 4:40 am

      what do you think of iwisoft free video converter? I think this freeware is user-frienly and easy to use. So powerful to conver any media files.

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