2017 Top 3 Free MP4 Converters for PC/Mac – Free Download & Review

A MP4 converter is primarily used to change video format from MP4 to others or others to MP4. MP4 converter is in need for multiple reasons. Sometimes, incompatible videos (M2TS, MKV, AVI etc.) should be converted as MP4 for flawlessly playing on devices or sharing online. In turn, special requirements lead us to convert MP4 to other formats (for example FLV, 3GP) for size reducing. Here, I list top 3 ranked free MP4 converters of 2017 with free download links and detailed reviews.

Part 1: Top 3 Free MP4 Converters Free Download & Review
Part 2: Speed Comparison of Top 3 Free MP4 Converters

WinX Video Converter – No.1 Free MP4 Converter

OS:
• Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista (32 & 64 bit), XP, 2003, 2000, NT, 98
• Mac OS X Tiger to macOS Sierra with Mac version

Download:
https://www.winxdvd.com/download/winx-free-video-converter.exe (for Windows)
https://www.winxdvd.com/download/winx-video-converter-for-mac-free-edition.dmg (for Mac)

Review:
WinX Video Converter supports a wide range of video formats, containing UHD 4K, HD, SD, web videos and outputs MP4 (HEVC/MPEG4/H.264) as well as other video/audio formats like AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, 3GP, MP3, FLAC, AAC and more. It can also convert (MP4) videos to various devices, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, Xbox, Sony PlayStation etc, with fully matched codecs and parameters. More than a free MP4 converter, it offers basic video editing tools allowing us to crop, trim, merge videos; add external subtitles; and customize video/audio options.

Pros:
• Intuitive interface, easy-to-operation.
• I converted a MKV video to H.264 and a MP4 video to AVI. Both resulting files keep fairly clear image and great audios.
• It preset rich profiles of virtually all video/audio formats, and popular devices (even newest).
• It is virus-free, 100% clean, no ads or plug-ins on interface.

Cons:
• It is not available to free download online videos unless getting its upgrade version – WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

HandBrake – No.2 Free MP4 Converter

OS: Windows 7 to Windows 10 (64 bit), Mac OS X 10.7 to macOS Sierra (10.12), Ubuntu Deb
Download: https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

Review:
HandBrake is an open source video transcoder which specializes in converting DVD/videos to MP4 or MKV formats. From Dec. 24, 2016, HandBrake was released with a major update version 1.0.0 bringing new encoder (VP9) in addition to legacy encoders (H.265/H.264/MPEG-4/MPEG-2), presets (HD, web, more MKV and devices profiles) and other enhancement on video quality, conversion speed. Like WinX Video Converter, HandBrake offers several video/audio settings enabling us to adjust resolution, frame rate, bit rate etc, as well as editing options to crop video and import subtitles.

Pros:
• Multi-platforms supported. Ease of use.
• More customized options help advanced users to output a MP4 video with a desired effect.
• It is safe and clean. No harmful bundled software is found.

Cons:
• It is qualified as a MP4 converter but not a versatile converter providing less output formats, only MP4 and MKV.
• It only enables to crop video and set subtitles, no trim or merge option.
• When I’m converting multiple videos to MP4, it only works for first 1 or 2 files while leaving crash when transcoding others.

Any Video Converter Free (AVC Free) – No.3 MP4 Converter

OS: Windows 10 or lower, Mac OS X Leopard to OS X Yesomite with Mac version.

Download:
http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/ (for Windows )
http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/mac_video_converter_freeware/ (for Mac)

Review:
Any Video Converter Free is a versatile free video converter capable of changing video formats from one to another. It supports 100+ inputs and 160+ outputs not only including general video and audio formats, but a diverse of devices embracing Apple/Android/Windows devices, smart TVs, game consoles and more. Available editing options lead us to crop, trim, rotate and add effects for videos. In addition, video/audio parameters can be modified. The bonus feature is that it enables us to free download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, LiveLeak, Metacafe and Niconico.

Pros:
• Straightforward design.
• It supports abundant inputs and outputs and can handle online video downloading task.
• It has the most editing features among the top 3 free MP4 converters.

Cons:
• During installation, it will ask you if installing additional software ByteFence. You needn’t agree to install this software. It’s useless.
• Open the profile list. I’m glad to see various device profiles (*.mp4) but I should find carefully to get a general MP4 profile not for specific mobile gadget.

Speed Comparison of Top 3 Free MP4 Converters

Conversion speed of a MP4 converter is the most concerned and output quality is another thing to consider. So, I do a speed comparison test of the top 3 free MP4 converters.

• What to do: Convert a MKV file to MP4 (H.264) with original resolution.
• Source MKV File:
Length: 00:03:28
Resolution: 1280×720
Bitrate: 64kbps
Frame rate: 23 fps
Size: 46.9MB
• Computer: Windows 10 Enterprise (64-bit), Intel Core i5-4460 CPU, 8GB RAM

Results:
WinX Video Converter
Speed: 60 seconds (h264)/Quality: Nearly Lossless

HandBrake
Speed: 90 seconds (x264)/Quality: Great
Speed: 30 seconds (x264 Intel QSV)/Quality: A little sacrificed

AVC Free
Speed: 75 seconds (x264)/Quality: Great

Bottom Line

All 3 free MP4 converters are powerful enough to transcode MP4 videos. WinX Video Converter is the best choice if you want to a clean, fast MP4 converter while delivering high quality. If only focus on speed, pick HandBrake and use x264 Intel QSV encoder. If you hope to download online videos to MP4, AVC Free can satisfy you.

Best Free Mac Video Converter: for All Popular Video Conversions on Mac

Part 1: What’s the Best Free Mac Video Converter?
Part 2: Guide on How to Convert DVD to MP4 for Free on Mac
Part 3: Top 3 Free Video Converters for Mac

– “Can you list some easy-to-use Mac video converters, free or paid ones, which can convert 4K/HD videos like MKV, AVCHD, M2TS, etc. to the most compatible MP4 format?”
– “I record some precious videos of my baby using my Sony HD camcorder camera and I want to convert and compress them to MP4 with a condensed size, so I can send the video to his grandma in Canada. I use MacBook Pro, so I need a free video converter for Mac.”

I have tried some video conversion programs, some seem to choke on dropouts, and others generate flaws in the output video file. A smart free video converter should have the ability to generate a converted video smoothly and in the meantime decrease the output file size substantially without noticeable loss of video quality. Here we’ll gonna try a free video converter for Mac which can make effective tradeoffs in output video quality and file size, to give you an exceptional video watching experience on MacBook Pro/Air, iMac or mobile devices.

What’s the Best Free Video Converter for Mac?

WinX Video Converter for Mac, the world’s most popular free video converter for Mac, since 2006. This smart Mac video converter is the fastest, easiest to use for converting 4K UHD videos, HD camcorders, and regular videos for free on MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, etc.

Supported OS: macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, etc.
Input: 4K video, HD video like AVCHD Video (*.mts, *.m2ts), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (*.mp4), MPEG2 HD Video (*.mpg; *.mpeg), MPEG-4 TS HD Video (*.ts), MPEG-2 TS HD Video (*.ts), Quick Time HD Video (*.mov), WMV HD Video (*.wmv, *.xwmv), Blu-ray Video (*.mts, *.m2ts), HDTV Video (*.ts), Matroska Video (*.mkv)
Output: MP4, AVI, MOV; iPhone, iPod; MP3, AAC, iPhone Ringtone, AC3, WMA, AIFF, DTS, OGG, WAV, FLAC, ALAC; PNG

Main features:
• The only free Mac video converter supports converting 4K, 1080p multi-track videos incl. MKV, M2TS, AVCHD and BDAV, etc. to mainstream videos in MP4, AVI, MOV.
• Versatile editing features come at hand, like customizing video resolution, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc.
• Equipped with built-in High Quality Engine and De-interlacing Engine, this tool delivers highest output video quality.
• Multi-Core CPU and Hyper-threading technology enable it to convert videos at superfast speed.
• It also supports creating Photo Slideshow for free.

[Guide] How to Use WinX Video Converter for Mac to Convert Videos

1. Download and Install Free Mac Video Converter
Free download and install WinX Video Converter for Mac on macOS Sierra/El Capitan, etc. This free program has a simple and intuitive interface. You can easily use to convert MKV to MP4, AVI to MP4.

2. Add the Source Video
Click + Video icon on the top-left and choose the source video you’d like to convert to MP4, AVI, MOV, etc. WinX Video Converter for Mac Free Edition allows you to batch convert video files, so you can add multiple video files to the queue.

3. Choose Output Profile
Select an output video format depending on your own needs. You can choose popular MP4, AVI, MOV as the output, as well as mobile device profiles, web video formats, DVD profiles, HD profiles, etc.

4. Edit Video and Adjust V/A Settings
Click “Edit” icon to open the video editing window to trim, crop video. You can also click the wheel icon next to profile to open the parameter settings window to change video/audio settings.

5. Start Video Conversion
Specify a destination folder by clicking “Browse” button. Finally hit “RUN” to convert video to MP4/AVI/MOV, etc. on Mac for free.

Top 3 Free Video Converters for Mac

1. Handbrake
Rating: ★★★★☆
Platform: Mac OS X 10.7 to 10.12
Developer: Handbrake

2. Any Video Converter free for Mac
Rating: ★★★★☆
Platform: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
Developer: Anvsoft

3. FFmpeg
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Platform: Mac OS X 10.5 or above
Developer: ffmpeg.org

Convert MP4 Files on Windows (10)? Freeware Is Powerful Enough!

Part 1: What’s the Best Free MP4 Video Converter?
Part 2: Full Comparison of 5 Top MP4 Converter
Part 3: [Tutorial] How to Convert MP4 Videos?

We have no doubt about the leadership of MP4 in multimedia world, which balances the file size and quality much better than any other formats. But no servant can serve all masters well, just like MP4 to various media playback requirements. The player is the chooser, and MP4 is actually rejected by many products like WP8 pads, Microsoft Surface gadgets and some outdated mobile phones. Moreover, MP4 is not suitable for further editing. All above reasons make converting MP4 (to AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV, MP3, 3GP etc.) an imperative job to do.

A wealth of software can be found online that purports to convert various videos including MP4, and usually all advertised as “the best free”. If you’re an experienced hand, congratulations, you can distinguish their differences and select out a suitable MP4 video converter. If not, well, this post may do some help.

Firstly, let’s go to check some top-ranked free video converter on the web:
1. [With optional adware] Freemake Video Converter: Two pieces of software are bundled during the installation: ByteFence anti-malware tool & MyPCBackUp computer backup app.
2. [With optional adware] Any Video Converter: It also has additional adware (ByteFence) recommended during the installing.
3. [Clean but with its player installed with no choice] Wondershare Video Converter: No ads during the setup. However, it will automatically change the default video player to Wondershare video player, which is built in the converter once being installed on the Windows PC. It won’t start another same MP4 conversion again.

More powerful and absolutely clean video converter freeware with no top rankings based on public praises
1. HandBrake: As a strong open-sourced video transcoder, HandBrake is always doing its utmost to meets any video conversion needs, of course MP4 video conversion included. Although the version 1.0 has enriched the output presets and added new VP9/Opus into Matroska, it can only convert MP4 to video with container of MP4 and MKV, which means HandBrake cannot convert MP4 to AVI, WMV, MOV, MP3, DVD or any other media formats. Many related tutorials online guiding you to do so are really plain crap.

2. WinX Video Converter: As one of the freebies from Digiarty, a world-leading developer of (personal and home-use) video audio applications based on Windows and macOS, WinX Video Converter always keeps its healthy figure for over 8 years. Despite WinX Video Converter doesn’t rank higher than many competitors, it’s not inferior to them at all.

Full Comparison of Five MP4 Converters Above

1. Overview
The following shows basic info of MP4 converters we would like to compare.

WinX Video Converter
Size: 38.4 MB
Windows OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32 & 64 bit)
Output: 300+ built-in video & audio codes make it support all general  formats supported by other converters. (With hundreds of device profile)
Hardware Acceleration: No

HandBrake
Size: 10.1 MB (for latest 1.0.3 version)
Windows OS: Windows 7 – 10 (only 64 bit)
Output: MP4 (H.264/ H.265, MPEG2/4), MKV(H.264/ H.265, MPEG2/4, VP8/VP9/Theora)(No audio output)
Handware Acceleration: Intel QSV (only available for converting MP4 to H.264 MKV)

Freemake Video Converter
Size: 33.1 MB
Windows OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
Output: 500+ formats & profiles
Hardware Acceleration: No

Any Video Converter
Size: 49.0 MB
Windows OS: Windows 2000 SP4/XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10(32 & 64 bit)
Output: 160+ formats & profiles
Hardware Acceleration: No

Wondershare Video Converter
Size: 783 KB
Windows OS: Windows XP/7/8/10 (32 & 64 bit)
Output: 150+ formats
Hardware Acceleration: GPU Accelerate
(Only 10 MP4 files can be converted with this high speed conversion.)

2. Speed Comparison
What We Test: Which MP4 converter can deliver the fastest speed to convert MP4 to differnt formats?
Source MP4 Video: 5-min, 54.1 MB, 720 x 406, 25fps
Operation System: Windows 7 Ultimate
Tech: 1-pass encoding

WinX Video Converter
Convert MP4 to MKV (H.264): 34s
Convert MP4 to AVI (DivX): 45s
Convert MP4 to MP3: 10s
Note: Clean UI and super easy for beginner.

HandBrake
Convert MP4 to MKV (H.264): 42s (H.264)/17s (H.264 QSV)
Convert MP4 to AVI (DivX): Not Support
Convert MP4 to MP3: Not Support
Note: Comprehensive output settings for advanced users.

Freemake Video Converter
Convert MP4 to MKV (H.264): 53s
Convert MP4 to AVI (DivX): 35s
Convert MP4 to MP3: 20s
Note: Kindly delivers “Export to iTunes” and more functions with output file size listed.

Any Video Converter
Convert MP4 to MKV (H.264): 40s
Convert MP4 to AVI (DivX): 39s
Convert MP4 to MP3: 9s
Note: Every time the MP4 conversion is finished, a promotion box will pop up.

Wondershare Video Converter
Convert MP4 to MKV (H.264): 35s/13s (with GPU acceleration)
Convert MP4 to AVI (DivX): 24s
Convert MP4 to MP3: 15s
Note: After converting 10 MP4 files using GPU accelerate, user has to upgrade to enjoy this tech again.

[wikiHow Time] How to Convert MP4 with the Easiest WinX (MP4) Video Converter

Follow the guide below to perform its MP4 converting function on Windows with me.

1. Please visit the official page of WinX Video Converter: https://www.winxdvd.com/video-converter/, click big green “Free Download” button to download its .exe file on your PC, and install it on the computer in clicks once the downloading is done.

2. It’s better to prepare the MP4 video(s) in a certain folder for converting to other formats. Next, double click winx-video-converter.exe on the desktop to launch WinX Video Converter.

3. Drag MP4 video(s) into it or click “+ Video” to load it/them from PC. Here 3 MP4 files are imported into software at one time .

4. Choose one output format in the profile dialog, where all PC/Mac/Web/DVD video formats and music audio formats are provided. If you’re a layman about choosing a specific format, the software also listed you all of the mainstream device models for selecting. Here we set “AVI Video” under “PC General Video” category as the output format.

5. Click “Edit” to add adjust the audio volume, choose inner (if it has) or add extra subtitles, crop/expand video or trim video content by setting start and end time of video content.

6. Click setting icon to fine tune video or audio parameters, among which the resolution is changed with high frequency to fit for devices.

7. Every one has his or her own habit to locate files, so just keep it up by clicking “Browse” to select (destination) folder to save the output videos.

8. Check “Safe Mode” and tap “RUN” to start the MP4 conversion. When batch converting MP4 files, checking “Merge Output Video” would combine all of the output videos into a single one.

Now, wait for the MP4 converting to complete.

2017 Best Free Video Format Converter to Convert Video Files to MP4, MP3, AVI, etc.

Q 1: “I need a video format converter to convert YouTube (.flv) to MP4/MP3 for playing YouTube videos on mobiles.”
Q 2: “I really need a M2TS video to MP4 converter to convert the M2TS video recorded by my Canon Camcorder so that I can play the video on my iPhone 7.”
Q 3: “Where can I get a good video converter including download address? What’s the best free video converter for Windows (10)? It better doesn’t contain any annoying adware or malware.”

Search for 2017 Best Free Video Format Converter?

Video format conversion has been a common need in our life. Whenever you find the video is not compatible for the target device, you need a video format converter to help convert video from one format to another. With a free video format converter in hand, you can easily convert MKV, AVCHD, MTS, MOD, AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV and more to the popular MP4 format on Windows (10) or Mac, for limitless playback on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.

In this post, we will review some top free video format converters in 2017 and make some comparisons of them according to test. As for solid free video converter and free online video converter, which one do you prefer to choose? How to convert any video to MP4/MP3 with the best free video converter 2017 by exporting best quality.

Some Top 2017 Free Video Format Converters

There are many top free video format converters which can help you convert videos files to MP4, MP3, AVI, etc., but which one to choose? We made a test of using WinX Video Converter, Freemake, Any Video Converter to convert MKV to MP4, convert AVI video to MP4 under the same computer environment, to compare their video conversion performances, such as, video conversion speed, time cost, output video quality and size, and errors/problems.

Computer for the test: Windows 10 Pro; Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU; 8GB RAM; 64-bit OS. All other programs are closed when testing the MKV/AVI video to MP4 conversion process.

Verdict:
1. WinX Free Video Converter is the best comprehensive free video format converter for Windows (10) in regards to video conversion time, output video quality and size, smoothness, etc.
2. The biggest problem of using Any Video Converter Free to convert video is its output video quality is very poor, and the conversion process is often failed with an unplayable output video.
3. Freemake is a free video format converter with bundled adware, and the target output video size is very big, even larger than the source video file.

Solid Free Video Format Converter vs Free Online Video Converter

As for stand-alone solid free video format converter and online free video converter, which one to choose? In the long-term run, I’d prefer a solid one, since online video converters obviously have some drawbacks:
1. There must be an Internet connection for video converting.
2. The conversion process may be very slow.
3. The supported input and output video formats/device profiles are limited.
4. The output video quality has some loss and may be very poor.
5. Some free online video converter programs cannot save the output video file directly on computer, but require email address. And may contain some adware or virus harmful to computer.
6. Some other free online video converters to MP4 set a limited size for the input video file.

2017 Best Free Video Format Converter Review & Video Conversion Guide

To convert YouTube, Camcorder HD videos to MP4/MP3/AVI/MOV, etc. can be easily completed with this best free video format converter for Windows (10) and Mac – WinX Video Converter. It is especially designed for converting 8K/4K/HD 1080p/720p, 3D, VR movies, videos to MP4, MP3, AVI, MOV, iPhone 7/7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge, etc. Its prominent features are as follows:
* Convert 8K/4K/1080p/720p HD video, MKV, AVCHD, MTS, AVI, MP4, MOV, HEVC/H.265, H.264, etc.
* Customize video quality & file size, add external SRT subtitle files to your video.
* 300+ built-in audio & video codecs. Preset 280+ device profiles incl. iPhone 7/7 Plus/6S/6S Plus, Galaxy S7/Edge, Sony Xperia, etc.
* Super-fast video conversion speed thanks to its Super Transcode Engine and Multi-core CPU.
* Output video with intact quality thanks to its embedded High Quality Engine and De-interlacing Engine.
* 100% clean and safe, with no adware or virus at all.

1. Free download, install and launch the best free video format converter on Windows 10/8/7, etc.

Download WinX Video Converter for Windows (10)Download WinX Video Converter for Mac2. Click “+ Video” button on the top left to add the source video file. Batch video conversion is supported.
3. Select the output profile from left column in the Output Profile window. MP4, MP3, AVI, MOV and many other formats are available to choose.
4. Click “Browse” button to save the target converted video file.
5. Hit “RUN” to start converting videos from one format to another without losing quality at lightning speed.

Free WebM Converter: Convert WebM Videos and Convert Any Video to WebM for Free

Whether we want to convert a HTML5 WebM video to MP4, AVI, MOV etc, making it playable on more devices and players, or change any video format to WebM for a HTM5/web project, WebM converter is essential.

Regardless of online free WebM converters recommended by Google Search, stable desktop converter software is proved to be more reliable due to no network needed, no size limitation and more.  WinX Video Converter is selected as a favorable free WebM converter by us. Why? Reasons as following:

• With full support of VP8/VP9 codec, it can well handle the task to encode and decode WebM videos.
All parameters of preset WebM profile have been precisely calculated so that we can output a WebM video which perfectly fits web/HTML5 video specs. We are allowed to manually adjust parameters as well to meet some special needs.
• It also integrates virtually all video/audio formats and devices into output profiles enabling us to convert WebM to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, 3GP, MP3, AAC, AC3, FLAC, iPhone, iPad, Android/Windows devices, Xbox, PS3/4 etc.
• Basic editing tools are provided for trimming, cropping and merging videos. In addition, external subtitle (.srt) can be added for the video.
• It has a straightforward design. All buttons are put on the right place. We can understand how to use it without guesswork.
• Equipped with Hyper-threading technology, Multi-core and hardware encoder (Intel QSV and Nivdia CUDA/NVENC) support, it tested as the fastest WebM converter.

How to Use This Free This WinX WebM Converter?

Preparation: Download and install WinX Video Converter on your computer.
Download Windows Version
System Requirements: Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit), Windows 8/8.1 (32 & 64 bit), Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit)

Download Mac Version
System Requirements: Mac OS X Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan, macOS Sierra (10.12)

The following is a Windows user guide. Mac user guide shares the same workflow.

Step 1. Input Video
Launch this WebM converter. Click +Video button on navigation bar to input a WebM video or the video you want to convert to WebM.

Step 2. Select Output Formats
The Output Profile window pops up once the target video is added. The left sidebar lists profile categories, including PC/Mac General Video, Device Profile, Web Profile, to Music, DVD Profile and HD Video. Click any category option and matched formats will be show on the right. Now, choose the desired format and click OK.

For example:
• If you would like to convert WebM to MP4, go to PC General Video, and select MP4 Video as output.
• If you want to convert a video to WebM, go to  PC General Video and select WebM Video as output.

Step 3. Start Converting Video
Click Browse button to set destination folder where the converted video will be saved. Next, click RUN button to start converting WebM video or converting video to WebM.

A progress dialogue box will appear showing reminding time. Once the conversion is done, the output folder saving the resulting file will be opened automatically.