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.