If you’ve been surprised by just how professional and feature-crammed some free software packages are, Freemake Video Converter will prove to be another one.
As its name suggests, this program is a video converter rather than a video editor, perfect if you want to take an widescreen AVI file and spit it out into something that you can play on your iPhone.
Freemake Video Converter boasts that it supports over 200 different input formats and we won’t go into them all here. Suffice it to say that standard video formats like .mp4, .wmv., .mov, .mpg, and .avi are all supported, as well as .mkv, .tod .swf, .flv., and many more.
But this software isn't just a converter for a huge range of formats - Freemake Video Converter can do significantly more.
Freemake Video Converter can also scale your movies for mobile devices like the iPhone. You can optimize videos for a huge range of devices that include the iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod 5G, all iPhones and iPads, the Sony PSP, PS3, PS Vita, BlackBerry, Samsung, Nokia, Xbox, Apple TV, plus all Android mobiles and tablets.
Another useful feature is the ability to publish a video file on YouTube or burn it to DVD or Blu-ray - Freemake Video Converter enables you to burn multiple Blu-Ray copies and save the data as an ISO image. You can also copy and paste a video URL from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo or Dailymotion. The software will rip the audio from it and turn it into an MP3 file.
There’s more. You can convert DVD, MKV or MOV files with embedded subtitles to any video format; turn a photo stream into a slideshow complete with background music from any MP3 you specify; create HTML5 videos complete with code, which you can publish anywhere on the web.
Version 4.0 sports new DVD menus and a feature to remove the black bars. For this purpose it requires the Gold Pack, which means you'd have to set Freemake as your homepage and standard search engine in your browser. A detailed list of the alterations can be found in the official release notes.
Verdict: Good tools don't have to be expensive. The Freemake Video Converter download proves that you can get a relatively comprehensive feature set to edit videos for nothing.