Download Free Video Encoding - Best Software & Apps

  • Avidemux

    2.7.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free video editor and encoder

    7
    1071 votes
    • PROS: Lightweight and fairly simple, Handles several different formats
    • CONS: May drop frames in certain formats, Interface is very dated
  • ffdshow

    4533.20140929

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free codec pack for DivX and XviD files

    8
    300 votes
    • PROS: Has most codecs you might need
    • CONS: Not at all user friendly
  • VirtualDub

    1.10.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Quick video capturing and processing

    7
    885 votes
    • PROS: Free to download, Streamlined user interface
    • CONS: Not for extensive processing, Limited functionality
  • Power Screen Recorder

    1.1_

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    record your screen desktop into avi flv movie

    5
    17 votes
    • FFMpeg

      (Tripp's Unofficial Build) r18639

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      FFMpeg for Windows

      8
      24 votes
      • XMedia Recode

        3.1.4.9

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Multiformat video converter focusing on mobile devices

        7
        424 votes
        • PROS: Support for many formats, Special profiles for mobile devices, Many configuration options
        • CONS: Conversions take a while, Remember to add files to the queue!
      • ffmpegX

        Lion r2 0.0.9y

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Mac

        Turn your DVDs to DivX, MPEG, VCD and XVCD

        6
        148 votes
        • PROS: Supports lots of formats, Quick and reliable, Handles subtitles, Advanced tools (join, fix, img, authr), Set bitrate and video parameters
        • CONS: Not often updated, A little complex
      • Handbrake preset for PlayStation Vita

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        Format videos for PlayStation Vita

        7
        24 votes
        • PROS: Easy to use, Correct encoding options
        • CONS: Handbrake not always accurate
      • VidCoder

        1.3.2

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A HandBrake-based ripper for DVD and video

        7
        39 votes
        • PROS: Excellent configuration options, Generate reports, Preview window, Support for subtitles
        • CONS: No offline help, Not easy for beginners
      • RipBot264

        1.17.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Encoding app for people who like to keep things simple

        8
        12 votes
        • PROS: No frills, Low resource, Several encoding profiles, Batch conversions, Auto shutdown
        • CONS: Buggy interface, No extras
      • Cameo

        PDE Lite 1.11310

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Complete desktop overhaul with extra portable apps

        8
        14 votes
        • PROS: Light on system resources, Complete Windows interface overhaul, Includes a bunch of portable apps
        • CONS: May be confusing at first, Not many customization options
      • Clone2Go Video Converter

        1.9.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Flexible and simple video file converter

        7
        39 votes
        • PROS: Simple interface, Most formats supported, Good quality encoding
        • CONS: Too basic for very advanced users
      • Dr. DivX

        b7 2.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        Great utility for encoding to DivX from various sources

        7
        153 votes
        • Cole2k Codec Pack

          Advanced 6.0.5

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Features playback and encoding codecs

          9
          2 votes
          • Cole2k Codec Pack

            Standard 6.0.5

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Features playback and encoding codecs

            -
            No votes yet
            • Freemore Video to GIF Converter

              5.2.1

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              Convert your videos into animated GIFs

              -
              No votes yet
              • PROS: Supports many video formats, Very easy to use, Preview while encoding
              • CONS: Few advanced features, High resource consumption during encoding
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