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.

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.