Download Free Video Encoding - Best Software & Apps

  • Avidemux

    2.6.14

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free video editor and encoder

    7
    1052 votes
    • PROS: Lightweight and fairly simple, Handles several different formats
    • CONS: May drop frames in certain formats, Interface is very dated
  • VirtualDub

    1.10.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Quick video capturing and processing

    7
    883 votes
    • PROS: Free to download, Streamlined user interface
    • CONS: Not for extensive processing, Limited functionality
  • ffdshow

    4533.20140929

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free codec pack for DivX and XviD files

    8
    299 votes
    • PROS: Has most codecs you might need
    • CONS: Not at all user friendly
  • 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
  • Power Screen Recorder

    1.1_

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    record your screen desktop into avi flv movie

    5
    15 votes
    • 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
    • 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
        423 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!
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • Cole2k Codec Pack

        Standard 6.0.5

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Features playback and encoding codecs

        -
        No votes yet
        • Cole2k Codec Pack

          Advanced 6.0.5

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Features playback and encoding codecs

          9
          2 votes
          • Dr. DivX

            Beta 2 2.1

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Mac
            Windows

            Convert almost any video format to DivX

            7
            15 votes
            Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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            31.10.48836.9Windows
            42.6.1410526.7Windows, Mac
            5Lion r2 0.0.9y1486.4Mac