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 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.)
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 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.)
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 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.