Freemake Video Converter updated with cool new features

I recently wrote about Freemake Video Converter, a free, very stylish-looking video conversion program that is both powerful and easy to use (see my original review for more information on this program).

Since then, the program has been updated with new features, many of which I had requested in the ’wish list’ of my original review. Specifically, the following features have been added:

  • MKV, SWF, MPEG as output formats
  • The ability for users to determine the desired output file size (and have the program calculate the video bit rate accordingly); see thumbnail to the right.
  • An advanced preset editor that lets you add, modify, and save your own presets.
  • The ability to create DVDs from media files and burn to dual layer DVD’s (which wasn’t supported in the original version I reviewed). Freemake claims to be able to burn up to 20 hours of video to a standard DVD and 40 hours to dual layer DVD’s. All of this with snazzy menus to boot!
  • Subtitle support is in the works, although not yet implemented in the latest version I tested.

We’ve recently seen a blossoming of powerful free video conversion programs, such as Hamster Video Converter, Format Factory, and Xmedia Recode. However, Freemake Video Converter is unquestionably my favorite of the lot. This is because it looks really, really good (although Hamster looks very professional as well), provides the best user experience in my opinion, and provides powerful features and options. It is the only program of all the ones mentioned, for example, that allows the user to set the desired output file size and re-engineers the video bitrate

Freemake Video Converter Screenshot2

accordingly.

But the real reason I like this program is that it is able to meet the needs of both novice and advanced users alike (although super-advanced users might prefer the infinitesimal control that Xmedia Recode provides).

Suffice it to say if you would like a video conversion program that is simultaneously powerful and easy to use, Freemake Video Converter is the one I would recommend. The only drawback I could think of is that some users may hesitate about installing the required MS Framework 4.0. My suggestion: go for it.

Version Tested: 1.3.0

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7. Requires MS .NET Framework 4.0

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx. 10 megs).


 
 
 
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  • Terry Chen

    I have been using Format Factory for a long time and considered it quite a great software. However, after reading this post, I guess I’ve found a better one. Thanks for this great post! Samer, your posts always give me something new to try and freewaregenius is always among the list of my favorite sites!

  • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

    For years I have used Winnydows Xvid4PSP but it seems to have become abandonware lately and it’s always had issues with input files that had variable bit rate audio. Anyways I’m going to give this program a try and see how things go although I’m getting an Android Tablet soon so wont have to worry about converting files any more.

  • franp

    The other drawback I can see is the lack of a portable version.

  • Shon

    The only real drawback I see for me is the lack of an “enable streaming” option. I currently use DVD Catalyst for all my transcoding needs, (to Android format), because of this feature. I can then use TVersity or other software to stream the videos to my phone.

  • Anand K Gupta

    I tried iWisoft Free Video Converter http://easy-video-converter.com/ and was surprised to find it was freeware. With features too numerous to mention in a comment. In fact I have been using 5 different software for different work related to video and images, now iWisoft does all seamlessly. Convert Video for DVD, Iphone, Nokia, WinMobile, further to separate images (this just blew me) even in png, also animated gif ! You can also clip portion of video and join clips to one, and add watermarks etc. And yes, no framework, though I am not against it if the software is good.

    Well I will request a review of iWiSoft by freewaregenius and compare with Freemake, to help us to the learned choice.

    Anand

  • Kevin

    Thanks for posting about this video converter. I tried it out and I don’t know how I lived without it.
    This is perfect for making DVDs of internet videos. Just drag the files you want on the DVD onto the program and press the DVD button — it doesn’t get more simple than that. I’ve already made five six-hour DVDs and they play great on standard players. It’s quite fast at the conversions too.

    This sure beats the heck out of how I was doing it before, which involved 3 programs!

  • jfjb

    I’m still looking for a program that will read the Sony proprietary IMA file for my wife’s camcorder DCR-TRV250 NTSC.

    It does USB streaming with only Sony software, buggy as hell and extremely slooow, with no possiblility to burn a DVD.

    I checked zillion things, this VideoConverter and the referenced programs in the comments above. With no luck.
    Any idea to transfer her “memories”… ?

    Thanks, Samer for one more piece of precious advice — and wisdom in your reviewing details.

    • Samer

      @jfjb: I have no information on IMA; sorry. Does it play on VLC and/or KMPlayer?
      You could also try a codec pack such as KLite http://www.codecpackguide.com/klcodec.htm

      Oh, and sorry for the late response; I wasn’t quite on top of my game responding to comments and emails in the past couple of weeks ;)

  • ConverterCat

    1st as usual – Thanks for your work & dedication, Samer!

    Format Factory was one of the best if not the best best, but it is dismissed completly here since installing ASK crap
    Good bye Format Factory

    As for this review & Software

    .Net FrameWork 4 is here irrespectively. As a matter of fact, I cannot understand why some people are so resistant about installing MS Framework?

    Anyway, I can test this converter …. Looks great indeed

    Can you pleas comment on:
    1) “claims to be able to burn up to 20 hours of video to a standard DVD and 40 hours to dual layer”
    DVD’s”
    There should be a horrible quality degradation if we are talking about DVD format
    or
    that means just 20/40 hours of data DVD?

    2) “All of this with snazzy menus to boot!”
    To boot what? That is not clear at all

    Thanks a lot again

  • AnonyMouse

    Nice review Samer :)

    @ConverterCat: “to boot” is a figure of speech).

  • ConverterCat

    >>@ConverterCat: “to boot” is a figure of speech).

    Aha! thanks AnonyMouse
    cats do like get answers from mice :)
    Best wishes!

  • jfjb

    @ Samer

    Thanks for the tip, buddy.
    But been there done that with klcodec. I tried again though, thinking a new version… to no avail. That (old) IMA Sony proprietary file format is a pest — same extension name as other products files. They don’t even support it anymore.
    I’ll stick to VLC as a reader, and tell my wife to get new technology devices for her yoga studio.
    Best wishes from sunny and warm Florida.
    Surf’s up, dude.

  • http://www.ipad-dvd.com/ ripdvdtoipad

    cool indeed! I got it!

  • Joe Davis

    I can see the benefits of cutting out parts that are not needed, converting to be put on a device other than computer or DVD. I am wondering how this compares to Handbrake for backing up DVD’s. I am not seeing the ability to add a DVD menu, am I overlooking something? Reviewing the iWisoft Free Video Converter, I think that it is better than the one mentioned here for some things. It has the ability to lighten up dark pictures, saturation, etc. The ability to join files, trim files, and convert. It does not seem to be able to back up DVDs, which leaves me with 2 new freeware applications for my video toolbox if Freemake Video Converter works better than Handbrake.

  • Neil from Ohio

    I second the endorsement of Iwisoft Free Video Converter. It combines ease of use with a very good variety of options and features.

    But I use the Freemake converter also, becuse it is the only program I know of that lets me combine still pictures along with video clips into multimedia files.

  • lp007

    Really like Freemake Video Converter. It’s very fast and does a good job of preserving video quality. The most glaring problem I’ve found is that is doesn’t preserve the original video’s timestamp info. I have hundreds of personal videos, in various formats (.3gp, .3g2, .mov, etc..), from different phones and digital cameras. When I use Freemake to convert them the timestamp is set to the time of the conversion. BIG PROBLEM! It will take forever to go back and manually reset the file timestamp info (for each file) to the original video’s creation date.

    Have to find a better way to do this… I hope Freemake’s creators will address this.

  • cdgoldin

    There are MANY bugs in this program:

    1) If you specify a “disk title” longer than 31 characters or containing spaces or lower case letters, the program will spend 5.5 hours “burning” a blank DVD, which you can then discard.

    2) If you specify anything but “no menu”, the program will create a 600KB .iso file, which does NOT contain your input video files.

    3) It took 5.5 hours to convert 12 mp4 files to an .iso file. A squirrel on a treadmill would be faster.