16 Best Video Compressor Software as of 2022


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Looking into the best video compressor for PC or Mac? Whether you are sharing a large video recording with your friends via social media, freeing up the space of smartphones, or you’re sending a long video by mail, compressing your original video file with a decent MP4 compressor is a must.

With that in mind, I’ve collected 16 of the best free video compression software that let you compress MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, AVI files as well as 4K videos recorded by drones, DSLRs, iPhones, or other devices.However, online video compressors tend to have high reliance on your network environment. And the majority of them only allow you to get an output of MP4 files.

List of 16 Best Video Compressor Software (MP4 Compressor)

1. VideoProc Converter

  • Overall best: the fastest and easiest option, average 2% CPU usage, a huge array of extra features…
  • Compression ratio: over 95% | Picture quality: no visible loss | Performance: 99% | Compress: MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, VOB, 4K, HEVC, 120FPS, ProRes, and 420+ formats
VideoProc Video Compressor

Frankly speaking, VideoProc Converter is currently the best video compression software available for Windows and Mac. Thanks to a self-explained UI and a variety of useful presets, shrinking the video files over 90% of the original size needs nothing more than a few simple clicks.

It provides you with all regular and advanced methods to compress large videos efficiently, including converting to a more efficient codec, decreasing the frame rate, downscaling the resolution, increasing the GOP length, and more.

Moreover, it adopts the latest x265 encoding technique and the max-quality compression engine. It can automatically balance the video file size against the expected picture quality. These ensure users can reduce file size while retaining the original quality.

In addition to its standout video compression features, this best video compression software can serve as a UHD HD video converter to help you convert video codecs and formats up to 8K resolution.

Reasons to Use:

  • Cover all working compression methods to compress your videos.
  • Keep the maximum picture quality. Adopt the latest x265 encoding technique.
  • Allow refined and flexible control for both the audio and video properties.
  • 47x faster than real-time play, powered by level-3 GPU acceleration tech.
  • Full-featured editing suite including deshaking, denoising, rotating, etc.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • So far, I see nothing bad with VideoProc Converter.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

VideoProc Converter can compress dozens of large 4K videos into a few megabyte files within minutes. During the short compression process, I had no problem to use Premiere Pro and other programs that devour tons of space.

It’s also rated as the best video compressor by dessign.net and many famous sites.

2. FFmpeg

  • Best free video compressor for the advanced controls
  • Compression ratio: 20% ~ 80% (depend on the command line you input) | Picture quality: relatively good | Performance: 60% | Compress: MP4, MOV, MKV, and other popular formats
FFmpeg Video Compressor

FFmpeg is a piece of open-source and cross-platform audio and video processing software. It’s an excellent choice for advanced users who want a powerful tool to manipulate the compression ratio, the output quality, the option of the QSV, and other settings without restrictions. Unfortunately, FFmpeg performs all tasks through the command lines.

This free video compression software requires you to input the correct command line to reduce the video bitrate, downscale video resolution, crop videos, mute audio, etc. The absence of the regular GUI might make once bright-eyed newbies feel hopeless.

Reasons to Use:

  • Supports a vast number of input and output formats.
  • Few restrictions on the functionality.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • A steep learning curve.
  • File compression takes a long time.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

From compressing your video to a small size to editing the audio length, there are many uses of this convenient video compression tool. However, if you’re a newcomer like me, then be ready to spend lots of time learning how to install FFmpeg and what is the right command to compress an MP4 video with FFmpeg.

3. HandBrake

  • Best free video compressor software for cross-platform users
  • Compression ratio: around 80% | Picture quality: relatively good | Performance: 75% | Compress: MP4, MKV, WebM, and a few more formats
HandBrake Video Compressor

If you’ve used HandBrake, then you’ve undoubtedly heard about how jampacked this cross-platform and free video compressor is.

Based on FFmpeg, this free video reducer enables you to compress video from all popular codecs including MP4, AVI, MOV, H.264, HEVC, etc. It offers you full control over video parameters, and that sounds nice.

However, beginners are always advised to stick with HandBrake preset options. Why? You’ll have to climb a steep learning curve before you can apply customized settings on a video to shrink its size without A/V out-of-sync problems, missing audio, or other errors.

Reasons to Use:

  • Free and open-source.
  • A plethora of tutorials are accessible.
  • Excellent compression ratio.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Only allow you to export video(s) in MKV, WebM, and MP4 format.
  • Too difficult to master if you are a first time user.
  • Slow compression speed and high CPU usage.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

One of the things that I love most about this free video compression tool is it gives lots of video conversion profiles and presets, with which everyone can easily compress or convert video files for Discord Nitro, YouTube, Vimeo, and several other platforms and devices.

4. Shutter Encoder

  • Best free video compressor software that can color grade videos
Shutter Encoder

Shutter Encoder is a powerful and feature-rich video converter developed by a group of passionate video editors. While there isn’t a button specially designed for compressing video files, users can compress video to the wanted size with settings options for resolution, bitrate, file size, resolution, etc.

You also get loads of editing, converting, and downloading options, like the ability to add fade-in/out effects, put subtitles/watermarks, apply LUTs, and change video length, download videos from websites.

The range of Shutter Encoder’s input and output formats is very impressive, including AV1, HEVC, VP9, and GoPro CineForm. The interface might be a little bit intimidating for the first-time user, but it’s well worth the time spent learning it.

Reasons to Use:

  • Support editing friendly codecs like QT Animation and GoPro CineForm.
  • Free of charge. No ads or watermark.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Can’t compress multiple videos with different output settings.
  • A confusing UI that’s hard to navigate
  • 99%+ high CPU usage.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

As mentioned, Shutter Encoder is hard for beginners to get to grip with. However, if you are looking into how to make a video smaller by converting its format to AV1, then this free video compression software might be the best choice. It’s one of a few video compression tools in the market that supports the input and output of AV1.

5. Freemake Video Converter

  • Best free video compressor that can create slideshow videos
  • Compression ratio: around 80% | Picture quality: bad | Performance: 50% | Compress: popular formats
Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter used to be my favorite video compressor. However, this Windows-only video compression app hasn’t received any update since 2017. Thus, many new but important features are missing in this phased-out video compression software.

Here I take some examples. It’s hard to set a high video or audio compression ratio in Freemake Video Converter. H.265 and VP9 are not supported. It provides you with some presets, but only matches with iPhone 5, iPhone 4, and things before 2017.

Reasons to Use:

  • Easy Interface.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Mac users can’t make utilization of Freemake Video Converter.
  • Lack of preset for recent devices.
  • Frequently crashes.
  • The final video comes with a big Freemake watermark.
  • HEVC, VP9, and many popular formats are absent.
  • The anti-virus program reminds me Freemake Video Converter is bundled with malware.

Rating: ⭐⭐

Freemake Video Converter seems to have some incompatible issues when compressing ultra-high resolution videos. I tested 10 clips of 4K videos and 15 clips of 8K videos on it. (The testing videos come with length from 1:30min to 3min). Everytime, Freemake Video Converter got stuck when finished the process of 60% to 85%.

6. Any Video Converter

  • Best free video compressor software that can burn DVDs
  • Compression ratio: 60% ~ 90% | Picture quality: bad | Performance: 70% | Compress: 100+ video and audio formats
Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter is a multiple-function video shrink app with a very easy-to-navigate interface and a number of presets. It’s a good option for beginners who want to quickly compress or convert CDs and videos for playing or uploading on iOS, Android, Microsoft, and Sony products, etc.

Any Video Converter supports the import of 200+ video and audio formats, which is a huge number. Another big plus of this capable MP4 compressor is it can take advantage of CUDA and NVIDIA GPU acceleration technology to compress videos. In other words, this amazing MP4 video compressor can process your video files smoothly on a mid-range PC or Mac.

Reasons to Use:

  • Support batch conversion.
  • Custom video aspect ratio, frame rate, and constant quality.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Lack of extra features.
  • Encounter repeated failures when compressing 4K videos.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Any Video Converter can make use of the graphics card to compress videos, speeding up the compression process and avoiding high CPU usage. It would be my first choice if it gives up reminding me to pay the $9.99 annual subscription fee after each compression work.

7. VLC media player

  • Best free video compressor software that can play 4K large videos smoothly
  • Compression ratio: around 85% | Picture quality: good | Performance: 48% | Compress: AVI, ASF, WMA, MP4, OGG, VOB, MP3, FLAC, and more
VLC Video Compressor

Unbeknownst to some, the VLC media player is a cross-platform and multiple media player on Mac, Windows, and Linux that does more than play videos and music. It can also serve as robust video compression software for reducing the file size of MP4, AVI, MKV, and MOV videos.

On the plus side, this full-featured tool provides you with ready-make options, like H.265+ MP3, H.264 +AAC, and you’re on your own to decide the desired video codec, audio codec, frame rate, bitrate, and other properties.

However, the compressed videos sometimes have A/V out-of-sync and black screen issues. Too many important features are hidden in the menu, making it one of the most sophisticated video compressors.

Reasons to Use:

  • A wide range of input formats.
  • Lower CPU usage rate when compared with Handbrake.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Slow compression speed.
  • Difficult jargon.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

VLC media player’s capability to compress large videos surprised me a bit. It uses 85% on average of my CPU resources to compress an H.264 video to an HEVC file.

Yes, it definitely falls behind VideoProc Converter that takes only 6% computer resources. However, it does surpass HandBrake video compressor by saving on average 5% CPU usage, in this case.

8. QuickTime Player

  • Best free video compressor on Mac for the screen recording capability
  • Compression ratio: around 70% | Picture quality: bad | Performance: 35% | Compress: Some AVI and WAV formats and the majority of MPEG formats
QuickTime Export Video

QuickTime Player isn’t a typical video compressor software, but it still gets the job when you simply need to reduce the size of your video and not care so much about the quality, this easy MP4 compressor from Apple Inc. can get the job done perfectly.

Reasons to Use:

  • Easy and free to use.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • No access to define the parameters to a specific value.
  • All videos compressed by QuickTime Player will turn to MP4 format.
  • High CPU usage rate and extremely slow compression process.
  • Sometimes it can’t read HEVC, VP9, AV1, and other videos in the advanced codec.

Rating:⭐

The picture quality always rolled downhill after being compressed by QuickTime Player. Even worse, this free video compressor on Mac can’t read my HEVC videos.

9. iMovie

  • Best free video compressor for basic editing tools
  • Compression ratio: 30%+ | Picture quality: relatively bad | Performance: 20% | Compress: MP4, MOV, M4A, H.264, AVCHD, Apple ProRes, and more
how to compress a video with iMovie

iMovie is the go-to choice for macOS and iOS users to make simple edits. It doesn’t come with the compression command, and you can’t customize the video parameters.

The good thing is, though it doesn’t let you dig into settings much further, iMovie allows you to assign different quality grades to your video when exporting. To put it plainly, you can throw up a video to iMovie, skip the editing steps, and pick up a relatively lower resolution, bitrate, and quality grade to get the job done. Like most other Apple software, iMovie has poor compatibility. Note: this free video compression app cannot compress MKV videos and many relatively rare video formats.

Reasons to Use:

  • Allow you to trim, cut, and crop to compress video.
  • Estimate the final compressed file size and length.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Take over 90% of the CPU resource.
  • A high compression ratio always brings visible quality loss.
  • Can’t customize the parameters for video compression.

Rating:⭐

iMovie is limited in comparison to most other Windows and Mac video compressors covered in this post. But for the overall performance, iMovie is stable and fast.

10. Windows Movie Maker

  • Best free video compressor on Windows 7 with the direct options for Vimeo, YouTube, and other sites
  • Compression ratio: around 70% | Picture quality: bad | Performance: 60% | Compress: MP2, MPEG2, H264, MP4, WMA, WMA, and more
Windows Movie Maker Video Compressor

I have to be honest here, Windows Movie Maker is known to have limited capabilities regardless you are using it as a video editing software or a video compression software. It can’t compress AV1, VP8/VP9, HEVC, and many trendy video formats. Whether you feed in the MKV, AVI, MOV, or other files, you’ll get H.264 MP4 or WMV files after compression.

Regardless, I felt the need to mention it on this list because it is pre-installed on every Windows 7 computer and used to be one of the most popular and convenient MP4 compressor software for free. You’ll be able to take advantage of the GPU acceleration tech to speed up the video compression process.

Reasons to Use:

  • Support hardware acceleration.
  • Free and easy to use.
  • Allow basic video editing.
  • Instantly share your content on Gmail, YouTube, Facebook, Group, and other social media.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • No more available on Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11.
  • Support the output of MP4 and WMV formats only.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This great video compressor for PC displays the estimated video file size when you select an exported file type which is very helpful for beginners get avoid choosing the wrong file type.

11. Shotcut

  • Best free video compressor with a customizable interface
  • Compression ratio: around 85% | Picture quality: relatively good | Performance: 70% | Compress: popular video, audio, and image formats
Export settings in Shotcut

In the experienced hands, Shotcut can be used to make some serious video compression work. In addition to the impressive features in editing videos, it supports nearly every major video and audio codec and has a great compression ratio.

Almost everything you can do about compressing a video with a professional video compressor can get accomplished in Shotcut, though very possibly in a memory consuming and cumbersome way.

It does provide you with the Preset tab when exporting the video, however, it just lists up the supported codec, as like, HEVC main profile and H.264 baseline, with little attempt to explain the jargon. These complicated terminologies are also making the adjustments on video parameters for decreeing video file size a process of error and trial for beginners.

  • Open source and free.
  • The compression ratio is on par with some professional video converters.
  • Give full control over codec, bitrate, resolution, and GOP, etc.
  • As an NLE video editor, it provides a professional video editing toolset.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Require quite a bit of education and training prior to use.
  • CPU and memory hog.

Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Just like any other NLE video editors that have timelines, you’ll have to take some exploration to master all its nifty features. The first time I used Shotcut to compress a 4K 42Mbs video, the result busted up to 89Mbs. But after I realized where the error happen and corrected it, everything went flawlessly.

12. Freeconvert

  • Best online video compressor that can compress up to 1GB video file
  • Compression ratio: around 45% | Picture quality: good | Performance: 70% | Compress: MP4, WebM, FLV, MKV, and 300+ other video formats
Freeconvert Video Compressor

For those of you wishing to compress videos without installing extra video compressor software, Freeconvert is for you. This free online video compressor app enables you to compress MP4, AVI, MKV, or other video files from your local drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, or video URL to MP4, FLV, MKV, AVI, MOV, or 3GP file.

It lets you compress a video by adjusting the size, changing the maximum bitrate, or tuning the picture quality. For instance, if the source file is 100 MB, choose Compress video by size, and set up Reduce the file size by 50%, theoretically, you’ll make it shrank to 50MB.

However, Freeconvert doesn’t guarantee you a smaller result. When I added up a 26MB MP4 H.264 file to the Freeconvert video compressor, and choose to reduce the size by 1%, I finally got a 36MB compressed file which was bigger than the source. Another slightly vexing issue is the free Freeconvert video compressor doesn’t allow you to compress video with a size larger than 1GB.

Reasons to Use:

  • Allow you to compress the majority of videos.
  • Compress video by size, bitrate, or quality.
  • Utterly easy to use.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • The compression speed totally depends on your network environment.
  • No for compressing large videos.
  • Only support the HEVC and H.264 encoder.
  • Might enlarge your source video file.
  • Pop-up ads.

Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

If I have to choose one online video compressor, Freeconvert will be my option. Freeconvert video compressor is more generous than the majority of online video compression software. The largest video file you can compress with it is up to 1GB. Better yet, it’s completely free.

13. OnlineConverter

  • Best online video compressor for easy UI
  • Compression ratio: around 60% (depends on the assigned output file size) | Picture quality: bad | Performance: 60% | Compress: MP4, MPG, 3GP, GIF, WMV, and many more
Online Converter Video Compressor

OnlineConverter video compressor is the epitome of simplicity. Once you import a video to this free online video compressor, you can enter the desired file size, and then hit Compress. That’s it. The drawback? It doesn’t leave you any room to customize the basic video parameters.

The supported video size is 200MB at maximum. While the OnlineConverter video compressor allows compressing MP4, AVI, FLV, MOV, 3GP, MKV, WMV, and many other videos, it accepts the output of MP4 video only. This means everything will turn to MP4 video after compression.

Reasons to Use:

  • Everything is in a few clicks.
  • Compress different kinds of formats.
  • Free compress video files right from your browser.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Only enable you to compress a video by entering the desired file size.
  • Bitrate, resolution, and other video parameters are neither visible nor customizable.
  • Slow compression speed under a bad network connection.

Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Personally, I don’t like its 80-style interface. And I don’t know about you, but what’s the purpose of a piece of compression software that can’t compress large video at all?

14. MP4Compress

  • Best online free MP4 compressor for compressing MP4 video files under 500MB
  • Compression ratio: 40%~60% | Picture quality: bad | Performance: 20% | Compress: MP4 format
MP4Compress Online Video Compressor

MP4Compress is an online MP4 compressor that attempts to help you compress MP4 files while keeping the good picture quality. Compared to all the nominated video compressors in this list, MP4Compress is perhaps the easiest option.

To use it, all things you have to do is import a video and hit Upload Video File. As you might already expect, this MP4 compressor doesn’t offer you options to select the compression ratio, bitrate, resolution, or other properties for your purpose.

However, don’t worry too much. In most cases, it should satisfy your demand. I tested the compression capability of MP4Compress with some MP4 videos, and most of them were reduced to 40% ~ 75% of their original size.

Reasons to Use:

  • One-click to compress videos.
  • Free to use without pop-up ads.
  • Good compression ratio.
  • This online MP4 compressor runs on Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Linux…

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Can’t set up a more optimal compression ratio or picture quality.
  • As an MP4 compressor, it won’t work to compress MKV, AVI, MOV…

Rating:⭐

No ads, and not require registration to use. MP4compressor works like many online picture compressors, limited but efficient.

15. 8mb.Video

  • Best online video compressor for making a video smaller than 8MB, 50MB, or 100MB
  • Compression ratio: around 70% (depends on the specified the intended file size) | Picture quality: bad | Performance: 50% | Compress: all widely-used video formats
8MB Video Compressor

8MB.Video is an easy-to-use and watermark-free online video compressor for Discord. It’s specialized in making a video less than 8MB, 50MB, and 100MB. Thus, if you intend to compress videos under 2GBs for sending on Discord, it might be your best bet. Worry about the privacy threat issue? Then you’d be glad to see 8MB.Video’s promises that all the videos you upload to its server would be deleted after 20 minutes. However, the 5-minute upload length limit makes it useless for compressing long videos, such as DVD music videos and movie recaps.

Reasons to Use:

  • No watermark or ads.
  • 0 learning curve.
  • 2GBs of the size limit.
  • This online video compressor runs on Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Linux…

Reasons to Avoid:

  • No custom compression options.
  • 5 minutes of limit in length.
  • Compress large video with terrible quality loss.
  • Can’t compress video to MKV, AVI, and MOV…

Rating:⭐⭐⭐

Though the input video file size can be up to 2GB, 8MB video compressor often goes crashes when loading or compressing videos that are large in size, resolution, or frame rate.

16. Zamzar

  • Best online video compressor for the ads-free UI
  • Compression ratio: unknown | Picture quality: bad | Performance: 30% | Compress: 3GP, MP4, AVI, M2TS, and more
Zamzar MP4 Compressor

Zamzar possesses the ability to compress and convert video, audio, image, document, ebook, and archive files. It has an easy-to-navigate and ads-free interface, in which a video can be added by dragging or adding a link.

Video files up to 50 MB are compressed for free, larger videos need you to purchase their paid plan. For example, you can purchase its business plan (which costs $25 per month) to increase the size limit to 2GB. Zamzar doesn’t give extra options to control the compression settings. It won’t display the estimated file size after compression. Thus, it’s not a good option for users who want to compress video to under a specific size.

Reasons to use:

  • Ads- and watermark-free.
  • Easy for beginners to use.
  • This web video compressor runs on Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Linux…

Reasons to avoid:

  • Only compress AVI, MOV, and MP4 files.
  • Paid to compress a video that exceeds 50MB.
  • Too limited compression features.

Rating:⭐

I used several clips to test the compression ratio and overall performance of Zamzar. However, all ends up with failure. It recognized my 4K videos but always compressed them to wrong size (about 1KB). When coping with my MOV MPEG4 or MP4 H.264 video files, it returns the error message: Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to compress your file to a smaller size.

Best 6 Split Screen Video Editors – Free, Online, Mac, Windows

Need an easy and free split screen video editor that allows you to put two videos side by side, make reaction videos, represent multiple videos (4, 6, or more) on one frame, or to make a video ad that shows your guest on the center and you on the bottom? Here you are in the right place. This post collected the top 4 best split screen video editors on Mac, Windows, iPhone, and other prevalent platforms. Three of the them are completely free to use.

Best Split Screen Video Editors – Windows or Mac

To check the source article with detailed review on each split screen video editor: Best 6 Split Screen Video Editors – Free, Online, Mac, Windows

1. VideoProc Vlogger – The Easiest and Free Split Screen Video Editor

VideoProc Vlogger marries ease of use with power, is the best free split screen video editor available on Windows and Mac. It allows you to add 999+ video, audio, overlay, effect, and subtitle tracks. By manipulating the size and position of the video or picture on each track, you can easily create stunning split screen effects. Moreover, you can drag the clip on the timeline or enter the specific start and end times of a connected clip to decide when it shows up.

Wish to take your video to the next level? VideoProc Vlogger offers a multitude of transition and motion effects, speed ramping tools, and visual special effects templates. Better yet, thanks to the self-explained interface and the flexible timeline tracks, all of these nice features are easily accessible.

VideoProc Vlogger

2. iMovie – Free Split Screen Video Editor for iOS and MacOS

Mac, iPhone, and iPad users can use the free and prebuilt iMovie split screen video maker to put 2 videos side by side. Yet, that’s all things you can expect from this free split screen video editor. iMovie natively supports to show two videos in the same frame at most. Thus, it can be extremely difficult to let iMovie place 3 or more clips on one screen.

Though iMovie goes compatiable with UHD 4K videos, it doesn’t give you the full control of the output file quality. The options to customize the frame rate, bitrate, audio codec, or other properties are also absent from iMovie.

3. Movie Maker – Free Split Screen Video Editor for Windows

It’s a pain to put two videos side by side in Windows Movie Maker. All versions of Windows Movie Maker don’t support to split screen natively. You have to install the third party transition packs to realize the split-screen effect. Unfortunately, that transition pack goes compatible with Windows Movie Maker 2.6 only. Besides, Windows Movie Maker was discontinued in 2017, and Windows Movie Maker 2.6 is things in 2000 which doesn’t go compatible well with recent windows

4. Adobe Premiere Pro – Split Screen Video Editor for Windows and Mac

Adobe Premiere Pro is a deeply involved and functional video editing program that can be used as a premium split screen video editor. With the motion track and keyframe features, you can create stunning split-screen effects with animations. However, as a pro-level side by side video maker, Premiere is extremely complicated for newbies.

In addition, the high price tag $20.99/month is not for the budgets-tight user. If your computer doesn’t come with a dedicated graphics card, large RAM, and powerful CPU, there might be no luck for you getting avoid of stutters and lags.

5. Shotcut – Open Source and Free Split Screen Video Editor

Shotcut is a free and open-source split screen video app that goes compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. It offers presets to fast align and resize multiple videos in one frame.

This can save you a lot of time. Unfortunately, it is still a CPU and memory hog. You need an outstanding machine to create split screen effects for high-resolution videos without lagging or glitches. You might encounter “can’t split video screen” error in Shotcut. In this case, delete and recreate the project might get things to work.

Best Split Screen Video Editor – Online

6. Kapwing – A Online and Watermark Free Split Screen Video Editor

Kapwing is one of the best online split screen video editors that you can rely on to put 2 videos side by side. Thanks to the intuitive interface, everyone can put videos side by side in 3 steps, import the original video, use the drag-and-drop tools to quickly resize and reposition the video, and then export the video. In addition, Kapwing offers dozens of editing toolkits, such as cut, filter subtitle tools for helping you apply further adjustments to your videos.

It’s a headache to cope with the watermark and pop-up ads when using most online applications. And that’s exactly what makes Kapwing shines, it never displays ads and won’t leave a watermark as long as you take registration with an SNS account. However, Kapwing is for editing small and short videos only. Worse more, it might take forever to upload even several seconds of videos when you’re under a poor network environment.

Pros:

  • No ads instructions. No ads.
  • Create split screen effect by simply dragging and dropping.
  • Support the import of pictures, GIFs, and videos.

Cons:

  • Sometimes it can’t correctly load the original video.
  • Slow upload and rendering speed unless the network connection is superb.

Final Cut Pro for Windows: 11 Best PC Alternatives

Final Cut Pro (now Final Cut Pro X or FCPX) is an industry-level video editing software that features a nitty interface and a wide selection of toolsets, bringing Mac users lots of possibilities to boost their piece. However, as a Mac-only app, it indeed excludes Windows users away. This leaves a number of people on the hunt for some alternatives of Final Cut Pro for Windows. If you are one of them, then you’ve come to the right place. To save your time picking the right replacement of Final Cut Pro for Windows without having to wade through a vast number of programs, we listed the best 11 alternatives of Final Cut Pro for Windows in this post.

You can also visit the original post of Final Cut Pro for Windows to find the highlight features, pros, cons, and the system requirements of the 11 different video editing software.

Final Cut Pro for Windows: 7 Free Alternatives

Budget-conscious users? We’ve collected 7 free alternatives of Final Cut Pro for PC. But before digging into deep, you should know most FCPX for Windows alternatives response slowly and lack the support of 4K, except for a few that supports GPU acceleration and optimized for 4K editing like VideoProc Vlogger. Many free video editors offer a wide array of useful toolkits, however, mostly are difficult to learn. Anyway, let’s step into the best 6 free alternatives of Final Cut Pro for Windows. (The checklist is ordered from the easiest to the hardest.)

As for editing features, some free apps have hardly any features missing compared to Final Cut Pro. However, many of them are difficult to learn. Anyway, let’s step into the checklist ordered from the easiest to the hardest.

#1. Windows Movie Maker

  • Difficulty: 2/10.
  • Render Speed: 4/10.
  • It’s a basic and free alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

Windows Movie Maker is a discontinued video editor rolled out by Microsoft for early Windows. The editing options it offers are quite basic but a good starting point for beginners. With it, you can cut, split, rotate, filter, deshake video just like using Final Cut Pro. Windows Movie Maker also lets you polish videos with various transitions, animations, and filters.

It was no longer accessible from Microsoft’s official site since 2017. But, anyway, some online archive sites still provide you with the WMM installer pack, and a few Windows XP/7 users are reported to be able to utilize it without much problem. Therefore, we cover Windows Movie Maker on this list.

Windows Movie Maker Transitions
Windows Movie Maker Transitions

#2. VideoProc Vlogger

  • Difficulty: 1/10.
  • Render Speed: 8/10.
  • It’s the best free alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

VideoProc Vlogger is possibly the easiest and fastest alternative to Final Cut Pro for Windows. It boasts almost all the nifty features that Final Cut Pro has, rich presets for quick edits (61 stunning transitions, tons of text animation/style effects, stylish particle effects and filters), social media friendly (one click to export video for TikTok, Instagram, and more.)…

Thanks to the clear and self-explained interface, whether you are making the basic edits like cut, trim, crop, picture in picture overlay, or the advanced edits like adding keyframes, animating objects, doing speed ramping, apply advanced color grading, editing to beat, you can get things down within a few simple clicks.

The fast response speed is another party piece that makes VideoProc Vlogger a capable alternative for Final Cut Pro for Windows. Powered by level-3 GPU acceleration tech, this amazing alternative of Final Cut Pro for PC lets you process 4K footages without laggy even when running on less powerful machines.

Best Final Cut Pro for Windows
VideoProc Vlogger Interface

Free DownloadFor Win 7 or laterFree Downloadfor Mac OS X 10.11 or later

#3. VSDC Free Video Editor

  • Difficulty: 6/10.
  • Render Speed: 4/10.
  • It’s a free alternative for Final Cut Pro for Windows with rich presets.

VSDC Free Video Editor, developed by Flash-Integro, LLC., is a free and multiple media editing software that serves as a primary alternative of Final Cut Pro on Windows. You can find most features given by Final Cut Pro on this free tool, excepting a few advanced toolkits, for instance, motion tracking. The 70+ transition templates and 36+ quick styles, 15 filters, and motion graphics templates offered by VSDC are very like what’s given by Final Cut Pro, which is blazingly useful for users creating quick slideshows.

VSDC Free Video Editor
VSDC Free Video Editor

#4. VideoPad Video Editor [Free Version]

  • Difficulty: 6/10.
  • Render Speed: 5/10.
  • It’s an easy alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

VideoPad Video Editor, a part of the NCH suite released by NCH software, is a full-featured video editing program for both home and professional markets. The paid version costs you $34.99, but the free account is useful enough to cope with basic editing demands. By using this free alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows, you’ll be able to add animated titles, chroma-key effects, transitions, templates with your videos, and more. A thing you may don’t like is: it lets you add two concurrent tracks at most.

VideoPad on Windows
VideoPad on Windows

#5. Shotcut

  • Difficulty: 5/10.
  • Render Speed: 6/10.
  • It’s an open source alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

Shotcut is a well-known open-source and cross-platform video editing software with the capability of editing Ultra-high-resolution 4K videos and processing audios in all common formats without costing you a dime. Thanks to the application of optimized media, you don’t have to create proxy media while still being able to edit high-resolution clips without lags.

Shotcut on Windows
Shotcut on Windows

#6. Kdenlive

  • Difficulty: 5/10.
  • Render Speed: 5/10.
  • It’s a reliable free alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

Kdenlive is the second open-source item we put through on this list, and with a seemingly unlimited amount of editing options, it is definitely one of the best Final Cut Pro alternatives for Windows.

Kdenlive on Windows
Kdenlive on Windows

#7. DaVinci Resolve 16

  • Difficulty: 7/10.
  • Render Speed: 6/10.
  • It’s the most powerful free alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

Where do we even begin? DaVinci Resolve packs with almost all features that Final Cut Pro has, ranging from the basic trimming/cutting to auto motion tracking, keyframing, and visual effects creating. For instance, it can detect faces that are shown on your videos to automatically create various bins for holding source clips with different people.

One of the most worth mentioning features of DaVinci Resolve is its node-based color correction toolsets including color wheels, curves, and Luts. The best thing is all of these nitty features are available for free.

DaVinci Resolve on Windows
DaVinci Resolve on Windows

Final Cut Pro for Windows: 4 Paid Alternatives

Below 4 fully-fledged NLE editing programs may make a serious hole in pockets for budget-conscious editors. But they are absolutely helpful for experts nail their desired aesthetic.

#8. Premiere Pro

  • Difficulty: 8/10.
  • Render Speed: 7/10.
  • It’s a pro-level alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

Most of you who have ever heard about Premiere Pro know how jampacked, complicated, and buggy this app is. However, it is perhaps the nearest thing to Final Cut Pro on Windows. This industry-level movie making and editing program have the ability to automatically reframe your videos, create VR videos, adjust colors, track moving objects, animate the video effects, and etc. It also has pro-level audio editors which let you have full control over sound and background.

Premiere Pro on Windows
Premiere Pro on Windows

#9. Sony Vegas Pro

  • Difficulty: 7/10.
  • Render Speed: 6/10.
  • It’s an expensive alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

Sony Vegas Pro, firstly released by Sonic Foundry and now by Magix, is a pro tool that goes compatible with recently Windows OS. The major plus that makes Sony Vegas Pro a good replacement of Final Cut Pro on PC is its capability to fast edit videos fast without sacrifice in quality or features. This benefits much from the adopted of the nested timelines, well-optimized menu system, and the availed Smart Split toolkit. In addition, Sony Vegas Pro lets you process and generate video in 8K resolution while you can still get real-time playback without having to render the clip first.

Sony Vegas Pro on Windows
Sony Vegas Pro on Windows

#10. Edius Pro

  • Difficulty: 6/10.
  • Render Speed: 5/10.
  • It’s the industry-level alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

Edius Pro, an industry-level alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows. It is now optimized and maintained by Grass Valley, but initially was developed by Canopus Corporation. Just like all the mentioned “heavy hitters” Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas Pro, Edius Pro has a very complicated interface. Edius Pro is fairly straightforward to use which is good for beginners, but practically is the compromise to in-depth editing features. For example, you can keyframe the color correction filter, but not for most of the other effects.

Edius Pro on Windows
Edius Pro on Windows

#11. Avid Media Composer

  • Difficulty: 8/10.
  • Render Speed: 6/10.
  • It’s a long standing alternative of Final Cut Pro for Windows.

Avid Media Composer is released by Avid Technology. It is one of the oldest senior video editing software on the market. It does a very good job of editing large projects with a bunch of clips from different formats, resolutions, and bitrate thanks to the robust multi-camera editing toolsets. Technically, it lets you synchronize up to 64 different angles smoothly without clutter.

With the support of the 32-bit floating-point pipeline and Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), Avid Media Composers can minimize the loss in color. Similar to Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer also lets you create cool visual effects and motion graphics with transitions, built-in VFX, and plugins.https://www.youtube.com/embed/aA0xgLaAWvwAvid Media Composor

How to Choose the Alternative of Final Cut Pro for PC

If you have to use Final Cut Pro on Windows, follow below steps carefully:

Step 1. Download and install macOS Catalina VMware or VirtualBox image on your Windows. You can get either of them. In our experience, VMware is more functional and has quite stable performance in Windows OS, but VirtualBox is more affordable.

Step 2. Install macOS Catalina on VMware or VirtualBox.

Depend on the chosen virtual machine, click the below links to find the tutorial and have MacOS Catalina installed on.

Step 3. Install Final Cut Pro on Windows 10.

Launch VMware or VirtualBox and switch on macOS.
Sign in and enter the App Store, there you search for Final Cut Pro. Click on the target result.
Note: new user needs to purchase the Final Cut Pro before installing.

How to Convert AVI to MP4 on Windows, Mac, and Web

Original Post: https://www.videoproc.com/media-converter/avi-to-mp4.htm

Many times, we wish to convert AVI to MP4 to make the source video easier accessible, and sharable. AVI is one of the commonly see multiple media file formats on Android operating systems, however, it often meets playback error when being played on iOS and macOS devices. Social media platforms like Twitter and video sharing platforms like TikTok don’t support the uploading of AVI files at all. In addition, AVI has a large size which makes it is not as web-friendly as MP4. However, how to convert AVI to MP4? Here in this post, we are going to show you 12 different methods to convert AVI to MP4 on different platforms (windows 10, Mac, and online).

Best 7 Methods to Convert AVI to MP4 on Windows and Mac

There are lots of AVI to MP4 converters out there that purport to convert “all to any”, but many of them measurably failed to deliver. Don’t want to try your luck to install them one by one? There we pick up 7 of the best offline video converter for you to fast convert AVI to MP4. Use the links below to navigate through the (free or paid) AVI to MP4 converters.

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with VideoProc

VideoProc is one of the most versatile and easy video converters to transcode or remux AVI to MP4 on both Windows and Mac. Now, let’s take a look at its 3-click method to change AVI to MP4:

  • Convert AVI to or from 4K MP4, MOV, FLV, MKV, and more formats without quality loss.
  • Level-3 hardware acceleration technology: process videos at speed 72x faster than real-time play
  • Built-in video editing toolkits: cut, trim, split, merge, crop, rotate, add subtitle, watermark…
  • System requirement: can run fast on a slow computer as it won’t take up much CPU resources

Free DownloadFor Win 7 or later Free Downloadfor Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Step 1. Load AVI video to VideoProc

Download and install VideoProc on Windows or Mac. Launch it up. Click Video > +Video to import one or batch of AVI videos. Alternatively, you can directly drag and drop those AVI videos to VideoProc

Add AVI to VideoProc

Step 2. Set MP4 as the output formats

Click on MP4 on the section of Target Formats. You can click the blue gear icon above MP4 to open up the Format panel. Herein, you can drag the quality slider to fast enhance the video quality or shrink the video size and configure the video encoding settings to adjust the video codec, and bitrate, etc.

Convert AVI to MP4

Step 3: Start to Convert AVI to MP4

Click Run, VideoProc will start the conversion. It takes only minutes to transcode hours-long videos. The whole process can be very fast. The output folder will pop-up once it finished the conversion.

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with Freemake Video Converter

Freemake is an easy to use video converter on Windows that allows users to transcode AVI to MP4 and also many other formats. It has a very intuitive interface that won’t take you too much learning curve to use. It offers you many prebuilt so that you can quickly apply those settings on the AVI file for getting the best viewing experience on iPhone, iPad, TV and other devices without knowing the complex terminologies.

Step 1. Click the Freemake Video Converter icon to launch it. This may take some seconds. Then click +Video to import one or many AVI clips that we need to convert to MP4. We can also drag and drop those files.

Step 2. Click Convert > to MP4 to enter the MP4 output parameter setting panel. You can choose the preset quality or create customize settings.

Step 3. Click Convert when everything is set properly. Freemake will inform you the Freemake logo will be added to your video. You can click continue with logo to get the output with a watermark. Or you can select continue without a watermark to pay for removing brandings.

Convert AVI to MP4 Freemake

Warm Note:

Do remember to cancel the subscription before the trial period, or you will get charged $29.99.

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe comes with both Mac and Windows Version. It enables us to convert large UHD 4K AVI MP4 in just minutes without taking too much CPU resource or causing a visible loss in quality. Better yet, this handy AVI to MP4 converter also offers us a wide range presets for TV, PC, social media, iPhones and more. The generated file can be videos in popular formats including MKV, MPEG, MOV or audio clips in MP3, M4R, AAC, etc.

Step 1. Open WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, and then click Video > +Video to choose AVI videos that you want to transcode to MP4.

Step 2. Click MP4 Video on the pop-up output file setting panel. You can move the cursor right or left to get higher output quality at a slower speed, or vice versa. For advanced users, you can click the gray gear icon to enter the output parameter setting panel. There you can have your settings on bitrate, aspect ratio, frame rate, audio channels, sample rate and more.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe - Convert AVI to MP4

Step 3. Click Run to start the conversion of AVI to MP4.

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with FFmpeg

I am yet to see beginners with requirements beyond what this open-source tool offers. It can decode, encode, transcode, mux, remux and do just about anything created by humans or machines. FFMPEG is also a cross-platform converter that can run well on Mac, Windows, Linux, and other platforms.

Step 1. Download FFmpeg Windows’s package on your PC, and extract the ffmpeg.exe from the 7z file with 7zip.

Step 2. Create a new folder under the system directory, and name it as FFmpeg. Paste all the unzipping files to this newly created folder. Open Command Prompt and install FFmpeg.

Step 3. Copy the location path of the AVI video. Enter a space, tap in cd, press space, and paste the path there. Press Enter.

FFmpeg AVI to MP4

Step 4. Enter ffmpeg -hide_banner -i “my_movie.avi” “h264 1080p my_movie.mp4” and then press Enter.

Warm Note:

  • my_movie stands for the name of this video.
  • This given codec is for converting the source AVI file to 1080P H.264 MP4 video clip.
  • Do not miss any space.

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with VLC

VLC is widely known as an open-source cross-platform multimedia player. Many of us have it installed on our Windows or Mac for playing DVDs, VCDs, MP4 recordings, media streaming, and many other types of multimedia files. But few of us know that it can be used to convert AVI to MP4.

Step 1. Open VLC Media Player, and click Media > Convert/Save. Click Add on the pop-up Open Media panel to add the AVI videos that need to change to MP4 from the local drive.

Step 2. Click Convert/Save to enter the output file setting panel. On the section of Settings: make sure the round button ahead of Convert is checked. Click Deinterlace if necessary. Click the tool icon to get the list of the output formats. Here you are advised to choose Video-H.264 + MP3 (MP4).

Step 3. Click Start. VCL is now converting AVI to MP4

VLC AVI to MP4

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with Avidemux

Avidemux is a free and very basic video converter and editor which goes compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux. You can add filters to do some little video tweaking like trimming, cropping, cutting, merging, etc. As for video conversion, it has a wide range of input options, for instance, AVI, H.264, HEVE, MPEG-2/3/4. It partially goes compatible with VP8, VP9, AVI, and other modern codecs. Therefore, you can use it to convert most videos to MP4, MKV, MOV, and many other prevalent formats.

Step 1. Open Avidemux, click File > Open and then add those AVI files that need to be converted. Alternatively, you can drag & drop AVI videos to the main interface of Avidemux.

Step 2. Set MP4 as the output formats. There are 3 sections:

  • Video Output: click the desired codec (H.264 is the best recommended) from the drop-down menu.
  • Audio Output: you can hit Copy to keep it the same with the source codec, or select a new one.
  • Output Format: MP4 Muxer.

Step 3. Click the purple button which refers to save, to let Avidemux start to convert AVI to MP4.

VLC AVI to MP4

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with HandBrake

Handbrake, like other FFmpeg-based open-source video converters, is an advanced video converter that is favored by many advanced users. Aside from converting AVI to MP4, it also enables you to convert DVD, Blu-Ray without the copy protection, and multimedia files to MP4 and MKV. There are lots of options available on the output setting sections which enables us to have full control over the video and audio encoding parameters. Better yet, it also supports some quick-on-the-go edits.

Step 1. Open Handbrake. Drag & drop AVI video(s) to Handbrake, or you can click File to import the source AVI video from the local to load on.

Step 2. Click Preset, and choose one from the drop-down list that suites you best. On the panel of Summary, set MP4 for Format. You can check the audio and video information on the information that displays aside of Tracks.

Step 3. Click the green button – Start Encode to ask Handbrake start converting AVI to MP4

Handbrake AVI to MP4

Comparison of Top Offline AVI to MP4 Converter Software

Supported OSEasy to UseOutput FormatsHEVC/VP9 OutputOverall Performance
VideoProcWindows, Mac420+ popular and rare formats   
Freemake Video ConverterWindowsAVI, MP4, MKV, and more  
WinX HD Conveter DeluxWindows, MacMP4, AVI, MKV  
FFmpegAll major platformsMost popular formats 
VLCAll major platformsAmost all popular formats 
AvidemuxAll major platformsDozens of popular formats 
HandBrakeAll major platformsDozens of popular formats

Best 5 Methods to Convert AVI to MP4 Online

If you are an occasional user who knows little IT knowledge or simply doesn’t like to install any third-party software on the computer, you may give online AVI to MP4 converters a try. But one thing you should always bear in mind is that there are always limitations in speed and size. For the personal security issue that you may concern most, there isn’t yet a guarantee. Anyway, here we detail 5 of the top-rated online AVI to MP4 converters in case you need it.

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with Zamzar

Zamzar is a famous online converter that supports not only the conversion between AVI and MP4 but also the transcode of audio, image, word, pdf, excels, etc. We can use the free service without leaving any personal information like phone numbers and emails. However, there is a 150MB file size limit for a free account, making it impossible to convert larger AVI videos. In addition, it doesn’t support advanced codecs like H.265/HEVC, VP8, and VP9, and not allows you to have advanced settings on the codec.

Step 1. Open Zamzar on the web. Choose Add File. Select the original AVI file for importing to the AVI to MP4 converter.

Step 2. Select MP4 as the output video format.

Step 3. Choose Convert Now to start to convert AVI to MP4 online.

Zamzar Convert AVI to MP4

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with 123Apps

123Apps is one of the most powerful online AVI to MP4 converters. It allows you to convert more than 300 video formats including AVI, MOV, FLV, and MP4 without login or signup. It is capable of converting video from or to MP4 in HEVC codec, and the size limit is 2GB. The interface is very gritty, yet you can easily find the options to change resolutions and video/audio codecs. A little pity thing is that you won’t know the exact bitrate and frame rate information of the video file.

Step 1. Launch up 123Apps on the browser. Navigate to the top menu to locate converters. Click on this and choose video converter.

Step 2. Hit Open File to select the original AVI video that you’d like to convert to MP4.

Step 3. Under the Video Tab, choose MP4. If necessary, you can choose Resolution to save the MP4 video converted from the AVI video with a smaller or larger resolution.

Step 4. Once you are satisfied with all settings, press Convert to start to convert AVI to MP4 online with 123Apps.

Online Video Converter AVI to MP4

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with CloudConvert

CloudConvert is another robust online AVI to MP4 converter which is competent to convert basically all types of files and formats. There are more than 140 file types it can transcode from and to, including video, audio, document, ebook, archive, image formats, etc. To bring a more efficient process, you can put customized preset, upload the AVI file you want to convert from Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, or URL link, and then start the conversion. CloudConvert is expensive for people who need to convert many files, but it is already more generous than most of the other AVI to MP4 converters. It allows you to free convert 1GB of AVI video (within 10 minutes) to MP4.

Step 1. Open on the home page of CloudConvert AVI to MP4 converter on your browser.

Step 2. Press Select File to choose the source AVI file that you wish to change to MP4 for importing the application.

Step 3. Press the toolkit button next to MP4 to access the Options window. Herein, you can change video resolution, video frame rate, aspect ratio, and other video and audio properties.

Step 4. Once you are satisfied with the settings, press Okay. Hit Convert to start to change AVI to MP4 online with Cloudconvert.

CloudConvert AVI to MP4

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with ConvertFiles

ConvertFiles is an easy-to-use online AVI to MP4 converter, with which you can fast convert AVI to MP4 in H.265 or MPEG-4 formats. This can help you save a lot of hard disk space. Besides, it has good performance in the transcoding of images, drawings, documents, archive files, and more. To speak of the downsides, there is no access to change the resolutions, bitrate, aspect ratio rate…and it can’t convert video files over 250MB.

Step 1. Launch up this easy AVI to MP4 converter by visiting its home page.

Step 2. Click on Browse and then select the target AVI file on your local drive for uploading.

Step 3. Press the unfold button of Output format. Scroll down your mouse to find MPEG-4 Video File (.mp4) under Video and you should click on this.

Step 4. Press Convert to start to convert AVI to MP4 online by using ConvertFiles.

ConvertFiles Convert AVI to MP4
ConvertFiles Convert AVI to MP4

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with FreeFileConvert

FreeFileConvert is a useful online AVI to MP4 converter that is widely used for converting small AVI clips to MP4 videos. It allows you to put 5 files per time with a total size no larger than 300MB. The interface is filled with ads but is straightforward enough for beginner users to use. Sadly, it doesn’t allow you to apply advanced settings for the output MP4 properties, and the support of advanced codecs like H.265/HEVC, VP8, and VP9 are absent.

Step 1. Visite the FreeFileConvert AVI to MP4 official site on your browser.

Step 2. Press Choose File to import the original AVI file that you’d like to convert to MP4 to the tool.

Step 3. Press the unfold button of Output format, scroll down your mouse to find MP4. Choose it.

Step 4. Choose Convert to start to convert AVI to MP4 with FreeFileConvert.

FreeFileConvert AVI to MP4

Comparison of Top Online AVI to MP4 Converter Software

Size LimitSupport Advanced SettingsSupport Advanced CodecsNo Ads
Zamzar150MB
123Apps2GB
CloudConvert1GB
CloudFiles120MB
FreeFileConvert300MB

Everything You Should Know About AVI and MP4

1. What Is MP4

MP4 refers to MPEG-4 Part 14, also known as MPEG-4 AVC. This multimedia container format can storage videos, audios, images, metadata, and many other pieces of information. Many people consider it as the best format for creating content for both videos and televisions. .mp4 is the only official extension name of MPEG-4 part 14, but there are still many MP4 videos come with extension names including .m4v, .m4p, .m4b and etc. The codecs hold by MP4 container can be anything based on or following the MPEG standard including H.263, H.264, H.265, XviD, etc.

Pros:

  • As one format published for streaming and sharing, MP4 is usually smaller than AVI, MOV and other formats of videos under the same quality.
  • Supported by most media players

Cons:

  • Editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Davinci Resolve doesn’t like MP4.
  • Easy to get A/V out of sync problems.

2. What Is AVI

AVI or Advanced Video Interlace is a multimedia container format published in 1992 by Microsoft for holding audio and video data. It used to be the default format for some of the most popular digital camera brands like Canon and Nikon. AVI enables the synchronous playback of audio and video as it holds both in the same structure. There are lots of audio and video codecs you can through to AVI video container. That’s one of the biggest pros of AVI. However, sometimes the blessing can be a curse. Your media player has to be installed the same codec with that one used to compress the AVI file, or it would fail to read and play the media content properly.

Pros:

  • Go compatible with lots of codecs

Cons:

  • Large file size.
  • Many devices can’t read AVI files correctly.

3. AVI VS MP4

Check the below comparison table to figure out the differences and similarities of AVI and MP4 format.

AVI VS MP4AVIMP4
Compression (in most cases)LosslessLossy
File size (in most cases)LargeSmall
Compatiable devicesAndroid and Microsoft devicesAlmost all major platformas and devices
Supported socia media platformsTikTok ads, YouTube, FacebookAlmost all socia media platforms
Compatiable media playersMicrosoft based media playersAlmost all multiple media players

4. Is AVI File Always Larger Than MP4

In most of cases, Yes. However, AVI and MP4 are just 2 containers to hold various kinds of edia information. Sometimes, these two containers may encapsulate the same video and audio, for example:

  • MP4 (.mp4) = MPEG-4 (video)+ AAC (audio)
  • MP4 (.mp4) = H.265 (video)+ AC3 (audio)
  • AVI (.avi) = DivX (video) + MP3 (audio)
  • AVI (.avi) = H.265 (video) + AC3 (audio)

Thus, we should also take video and audio codecs into consideration when comparing the size or quality of AVI and MP4 files.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 for Free

Source: https://www.videoproc.com/media-converter/convert-vob-to-mp4.htm

In the early days dominated by DVDs, almost all movies were released on physical discs, which stored the videos, audios, subtitles, and other media data in the VOB files. And we also got used to transferring home recordings to DVDs for watching on TVs. However, VOB files are not popular anymore in today’s streaming age. The majority of portable devices, TVs, video editing software, and social media cannot play VOB files. Hence, many people are looking into converting VOB to MP4 – a universal video format that can play on TVs, social media platforms, websites, smartphones, etc.

Use VOB to MP4 Converter for Mac and Windows

If you have a bunch of movie DVDs, commercial DVDs that exist as VOB files and you wish to fast convert them to MP4 videos for watching on the go, then the best way to achieve the goal is using some decent pieces of VOB to MP4 converter software. Below, we list 4 of the best VOB to MP4 converters for Mac and Windows operating systems.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 with VideoProc

VideoProc UI

OS: Windows, Mac.

Best for: fast converting VOB to MP4 without losing quality.

VideoProc is the best VOB to MP4 video converter that you can utilize to convert VOB to MP4 if you value simplicity, efficiency, and lossless picture quality. It supports unlimited concurrent conversions from VOB to MP4 and dozens of other formats while not downgrading the picture quality. The self-explained interface gives you a pleasing hint that converting VOB to MP4 or turning MP4 to VOB is like a breeze. Powered by the support of GPU acceleration, it has the ability to convert large VOB files to MP4 in seconds without blasting up the computer resources.

Free Download for Win 7 or later 

Free Download for Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Step 1. Fire up VideoProc on your Windows or Mac. On the start-up interface,

You can hit DVD and then:

  • Press DVD. Select the target DVD that stores the needed VOB files.
  • Press Folder. Select the target VIDEO_TS folder that includes the VOB files.
  • Press ISO. Select the ISO file that contains the VOB files.
Import DVD to VideoProc

Alternatively, hit Video and then press +Video to choose the single or multiple VOB files for loading.

Import VOB to VideoProc

Step 2. Select MP4 H.264 on the Target Format section.

Step 3. Press Run to start to convert VOB to MP4.

Select a Wanted Format

It’s Killer Features:

  • Digitize the old films from VOB to MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, MP3, and the other 420+ formats.
  • Compress videos in whatever format from GBs to MBs without any visible quality loss.
  • Automatically remove copy protection from commercial DVDs.
  • 1:1 clone DVD to ISO, VIDEO_TS, and MKV. Keep subtitles, navigation menus, and other details intact.
  • Enjoy the lightning-fast conversion speed – 47X faster than the real-time playback.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 with VLC

Install VLC on Windows

OS: Windows, Mac, Linux.

Best for: converting VOB to MP4 and making simple edits.

Hands down, VLC media player is one of the most underrated freeware. This open-source program, widely known as a cross-platform media player, can read and play videos in almost all popular and rare formats. However, did you know you can use VLC as a basic video editor for cutting and cropping videos, an easy DVD ripper for digitizing non-copyright protected DVDs to digital formats… And most importantly for our purposes, a media converter for converting VOB to MP4.

Step 1. Launch up VLC media player on your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.

Step 2. Come over to the top menu bar. Press Media and choose Convert/Save.

Step 3. Press +Add. Choose the original VOB file to import to VLC.

Add VOB File to VLC

Step 4. Press the Convert/Save button on the Convert panel. Choose the drop-down button of the Profile button and select Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4) or any other options that are tagged with MP4.

Convert VOB to MP4 with VLC

Step 5. Press Browse to select an easy-to-locate folder for holding the exported MP4 file.

Step 6. Press Start to start to convert VOB to MP4 with VLC media player.

It’s Killer Features:

  • Free convert VOB to MP4.
  • Play, convert, record, download, and edit videos.
  • Support all trendy video and audio formats.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 with HandBrake

HandBrake VOB to MP4 Converter

OS: Windows, Mac, Linux.

Best for: converting VOB to MP4 for free.

HandBrake is the best free VOB to MP4 converter if you are looking for one without frills. As a cross-platform program, it can convert VOB to MP4 on Windows, Mac, and Linux. With the ability to customize the properties of the output MP4 file, you can take full control over the output picture quality and file size.

However, you have to equip yourself with the requisite code knowledge before getting into HandBrake. Otherwise, you may encounter many errors when converting VOB to MP4, such as the A/V out-of-sync and missing the audio.

Step 1. Download and install the most recent version of HandBrake on your computer.

Step 2. Open up HandBrake. Import the VOB files.

If you need to convert the VOB files from a DVD to MP4, insert the disc. The program will automatically detect the inserted DVD and display it on the Source Selection panel. After that, select the icon that represents the target DVD.

If you need to convert some uncompressed VOB files to MP4, directly drag the target VOB files onto the program.

Import VOB File to HandBrake

Step 3. Come over to Format on the pop-up new panel, choose MP4.

Step 4. Hit Browse to assign the desired output folder for hosting the output MP4 file.

Convert VOB to MP4 with HandBrake

Step 5. Press Start Encode to start the process of converting VOB to MP4 with HandBrake.

It’s Killer Features:

  • Free of charge.
  • Enable batch processing VOB files.
  • Rip DVD to MP4, MOV, MKV video.
  • Rich ready-made output profiles for popular devices.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 with FFmpeg

FFmpeg VOB to MP4 Converter

OS: Windows, Mac, Linux.

Best for: tech savvies converting VOB to MP4.

FFmpeg is an open-source application that allows users to convert VOB to MP4 or handle other multimedia data by generating commands. That’s being said, FFmpeg does not have the native GUI, so users have to input command lines to encode or decode video or audio files. Green hands who are unfamiliar with codes might get discouraged by the incredibly steep learning curve of FFmpeg. Nevertheless, it’s still a great VOB to MP4 converter as it’s free of charge and can do just about everything in your digital life, convert VOB to MP4 in batch, backup DVDs without quality loss, shrink video size… Herein, let’s take a look at how to convert VOB files to MP4 with FFmpeg.

Step 1. Go to the FFmpeg official site to download the latest FFmpeg Windows package.

Step 2. Right-click the downloaded ffmpeg.exe file and uncompressed it with 7zip.

Step 3. Create a new folder named FFmpeg under the system directory.

Step 4. Paste the unpacked FFmpeg files onto this new folder.

Step 5. Come over to the My Computer, choose Properties > Advanced system settings > Environmental Variables > New. Input Path for Variable name and input C:\FFmpeg\bin for Variable value. Press OK to confirm and exit the setting window.

Install FFmpeg

Step 6. Press Windows + R on the keyboard and input CMD to launch up the command prompt.

Step 7. Input ffmpeg –version and press Enter. Copy the location of the original VOB file.

Suppose the VOB file is stored in the E drive, but the working drive is C, then you need to press enter and input E: to set the E drive as the working drive.

Step 8. Enter ffmpeg -i input.vob -vf format=yuv420p output.mp4, then press Enter.

Note: If you meet Too many packets buffered for output stream 0:1 error, simply add -max_muxing_queue_size 9999 at the end of the input video options.

Convert VOB to MP4 with FFmpeg

It’s Killer Features:

  • Free of charge.
  • Convert VOB to MP4 and hundreds of other video formats.
  • Control the size and the picture quality of the output MP4 file flexibly.

Use Online VOB to MP4 Converter

If you’re going to convert VOB to MP4 once or twice and you don’t want to install any third-party software, then it might be worth considering using an online VOB to MP4 converter. Here, we have 4 recommended online video converter to help you convert VOB files to MP4 online.

Note: As with anything, there are pros and cons to these web-based services. The “pros” are online VOB to MP4 converters are simple to use. Unfortunately, most of them don’t let you handle videos larger than 100MB. This can be tricky when converting VOB files to MP4 because the majority of VOB files are over 1GB. Many cloud-based VOB converters aren’t secure. Worse more, they often respond slow, because of the limits of the remote server as well as the high reliance on a stable and fast good network connection.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 with Freeconvert

Freeconvert VOB to MP4 Converter

Best for: converting relatively large VOB files to MP4 online.

The major plus of Freeconvert that stands itself from the crowds is it enables you to convert up to 1GB VOB file to MP4 without watermark or subscription. Suppose the VOB file you want to convert to MP4 is larger than 1GB, then you need to subscribe to the Pro service. Another alluring part of Freeconvert is the clear set of drop-down menus for property settings, in which you can tweak settings like the video codec, frame rate, video screen size, and more.

Step 1. Open the Freeconvert VOB to MP4 converter on your browser.

Step 2. Press Choose Files to import the original VOB file to the program.

Step 3. Hit Convert To MP4. Freeconvert start to convert VOB to MP4.

Convert VOB to MP4 with Freeconvert

Step 4. Once it finished the conversion. Press Download MP4 to save the outcome.

It’s Killer Features:

  • 1GB of the maximum file size limit for free upload.
  • Give options to customize the video and audio properties.
  • No watermark. No registration is required.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 with Cloudconvert

Cloudconvert VOB to MP4 Converter

Best for: batch converting VOB files to MP4 online

Thanks to the ad-free UI and the support of the batch conversion, Cloudconvert offers the best solution to convert multiple VOB files to MP4 videos simultaneously without the ads intrusion. Apart from the basic VOB to MP4 work, this lightweight VOB converter also enables its users to adjust the video aspect ratio, resolution, and video codecs. Unfortunately, it limits the quantity of the imported VOB files. You are allowed to convert up to 25 pieces of VOB files per day.

Step 1. Hit Select File to import the VOB file to the online VOB converter.

Step 2. Press Convert. Cloudconvert starts to upload the VOB file to its cloud service center.

Convert VOB to MP4 with Cloudconvert

Step 3. Once finished the uploading task, Cloudconvert starts to convert VOB to MP4. Press Download to save outcome.

It’s Killer Features:

  • Convert multiple VOB files to MP4 in batch.
  • Advanced control options.
  • Ads-free interface.
  • Several pricing plans.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 with Zamzar

Zamzar VOB to MP4 Converter

Best for: converting a small VOB file to mp4 online.

Zamzar is not as generous as the other 3 online VOB to MP4 converters. It doesn’t allow you to convert files with sizes larger than 50MB. Even though you subscribe to its Pro plan that costs 16USD per month, the file you convert cannot be larger than 400MB. However, considering its clear and ad-free interface and the relatively fast upload and conversion speed, we still recommend you to utilize Zamzar to convert some small VOB files to MP4.

Step 1. Navigate to the home page of Zamzar VOB to MP4 converter.

Step 2. Press Add Files to import the small VOB file to the online program.

Step 3. Choose MP4 as the target output video format.

Convert VOB to MP4 with Zamzar

Step 4. Hit Convert Now to convert VOB to MP4 with Zamzar.

Step 5. Press Download to save the MP4 that you just converted from the VOB file to your local disk.

It’s Killer Features:

  • No ads intrusion. No watermark.
  • Fast response speed.
  • Tons of small tools for convert video, audio, picture, and document files.

How to Convert VOB to MP4 with Aconvert

Aconvert VOB to MP4 Converter

Best for: fast converting a small VOB file to MP4.

Aconvert, developed by DVD forum, is a completely free VOB to MP4 converter. It lets you convert VOB files under 200MB to MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, MP3, and a raft of other prevalent video and audio formats without registering or paying a dime. What worth noting is Aconvert is ad-supported for monetization. It displays lots of intrusive ads, might lead you to sale-oriented, scam, and other malicious pages.

Step 1. Open up the Aconvert VOB to MP4 converter on your Chrome.

Step 2. Press File. Select the original VOB file for uploading to this online VOB to MP4 converter.

Step 3. Come over to the Options menu. Select Do not change anything else if you want to keep the resolution and other video properties as the original. Otherwise, choose Change size, bitrate, or frame rate to apply the needed adjustments.

Convert VOB to MP4 with Aconvert

Step 4. Press Convert Now to enable Aconvert to upload the original VOB file and convert it to MP4.

It’s Killer Features:

  • Batch convert VOB files to MP4 online.
  • An open-source project without premium subscription plans.
  • Support to convert video, audio, pdf, picture, and archive.

FAQ

How Do I Convert VOB to MP4 for Free?

You can convert VOB to MP4 without costing a penny by using open source VOB to MP4 converters, such as HandBrake and VLC media player. Let’s assume you don’t want to install a third-party application, we recommend you to turn to Aconvert – a 100% free online VOB to MP4 converter, to get the job done.

How Do I Convert Large VOB Files to MP4?

You can convert large VOB files to MP4 by using VideoProc. It supports auto copy and the level-3 GPU acceleration technology, gives you the capability to convert GBs of large VOB files to MP4 in seconds. Here’s how:

Launch up VideoProc on the computer. Press Video > +Video to import the source VOB files. Press Run. That’s it.

What Is the Best VOB to MP4 Converter?

This depends on your specific goals and needs. If you need to fast convert VOB to MP4 without quality loss or complex setting, or the original VOB files are copy-protected, then VideoProc is your best pick. If you need to convert some small VOB files to MP4 videos only once or twice under a superb network environment, then Freeconvert is a reliable tool. As for budget-conscious users who don’t mind the steep learning curve, both HandBrake and FFmpeg deserve the tryout.