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17. How do I convert video between different formats with free software?

HandBrake is a GUI open source video transcoder.

HandBrake is available for Windows, Mac, Linux etc.


Mencoder is part of Mplayer, a video player. Mencoder is a command-line open source video transcoder.

Mencoder is available for Windows, Mac, Linux etc.

  1. Download Mplayer at
  2. Run the command line tool mencoder by starting the cmd. If you don't know what this is then don't follow this instruction. You have to have mencoder in your path.
  3. mencoder.exe input.avi -occ x264 -oac mp3lame -o output.mp4

  4. The new file named theoutput.mp4 should then contain the movie in the new x264 (mp4) format.


FFmpeg can be used as a command line open source tool for transcoding video.

ffmpeg -i input.avi output.mp4


This entry was last modified 2018-03-23


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