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Free video converter? (ie, .mkv to .mp4, etc)

#1The Steel PhantomPosted 10/15/2013 10:39:55 PM
So I'm looking for a free video converter. I tried Freemake's one, but it pissed me off beyond belief when it installed a ton of extra s*** on my laptop despite doing a custom installation and telling it not to. Plus, it adds a 2-3 second "Freemake" flash-screen at the end of every video it converts. Annoying.

So... rather than experiment a million times with all the ones out there, I figured I'd ask yall. What do you use? Do you like it? Is there anything I should look into that's really cheap instead of free?

Thanks.
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#2PringerXPosted 10/15/2013 10:45:35 PM
http://handbrake.fr/
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#3-CJF-Posted 10/15/2013 10:52:59 PM
If you just want to change the container without transcoding, I think you can do this with Avidemux.
#4The Steel Phantom(Topic Creator)Posted 10/15/2013 11:48:49 PM
Basically, my TV doesn't like MKVs. It'll play AVIs, MP4s, and basically everything else streamed to it (via Windows "Play To" streaming w/ WMP), except MKVs.
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#5ECOsvaldoPosted 10/16/2013 2:56:57 AM
PringerX posted...
http://handbrake.fr/

This.
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#6MaxCHEATER64Posted 10/16/2013 4:39:04 AM
I use Freemake, which can also convert basically everything else and compresses files as well.
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#7PhilOnDezPosted 10/16/2013 5:02:42 AM
I haven't used it in forever so I can't say if they've added a ton of unnecessary crap that wasn't there before but DVDVideoSoft Free Studio is a pretty solid set of software. No ads aside from some toolbars in the installer that you can opt out of and if you do the full install you get a pretty big set of options to choose from, video converters, disc burners, some audio stuff, a video converter specifically designed to convert video to mobile devices (iPhone, iPod classic, PSP, and tablets).

Like I said, it's been a while since I used it but once upon a time it was good stuff.
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#8ChetyrePosted 10/16/2013 6:18:50 AM
Mkv and mp4 are containers. You have to check what kind of encoding it can handle
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#9phantasyPosted 10/16/2013 6:38:33 AM
I am also looking for a video converter but I want to convert some files (avi) to mpeg-4. I got handbrake but that converts to mp4 and my picture frame doesn't support that.
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#10MaxCHEATER64Posted 10/16/2013 6:44:38 AM
phantasy posted...
I am also looking for a video converter but I want to convert some files (avi) to mpeg-4. I got handbrake but that converts to mp4 and my picture frame doesn't support that.


Try Freemake.
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