If you need to quickly convert a video file, the best option would be to use a free online video converter.
Free online video converters are becoming popular among video producers and regular users, especially smartphone users who quickly need to convert and shrink large video files to be shared over their mobile devices.
The advantages of an online video converter are:
- No need to install software
- Convert video file on the go – even on someone else’s computer
- Save on software purchase
There are drawbacks though
- Conversion available only when there’s an Internet connection
- Must have a stable, high speed Internet connection
- Service may be slow owing to usage volume
- Limitation on input file size for the free version
Let’s take a look at some of the best free online video converters. We’re focusing on converters that don’t require you to sign up for an account. A hassle if you want to just convert an occasional file.
FreeConvert (1GB File Size Upload)
Freeconvert stands apart from other free online video converters in terms of file size upload.
It allows you to upload a file size of 1GB for the free service. You heard that right. 1GB.
You can input up to 60 video formats. However, there seems to be a limited number of output formats, all popular though – MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, 3GP, FLV, WEBM and OGV .
You also get to convert video for a specific device like Android, Iphone and others.
That makes it a total of 15 video output formats.
Like most free online video converters you can upload videos from Dropbox, Google Drive and via URL, apart from dragging and dropping files from your computer hard disk.
We tried converting a 900MB MP4 file to MKV.
It took about 15 minutes to upload and convert the file to MKV with an upload speed of 20Mbps. It took another 5 minutes to download the 707MB MKV file at a download speed of 50Mbps.
The converted file played without a hitch.
Of course if you’re converting a smaller file size, the conversion time would be much shorter.
Check out FreeConvert.
At Convertio you can not only convert video, but also documents, images, ebooks, audio and even presentations.
At the time of writing, the site claims to have converted a whopping 710 million multimedia files totaling 12,367 TB.
The input file size for the free service is limited to 100MB. You’re allowed to convert multiple files. However, each must be limited to 100MB.
One standout feature of this free online video converter is it supports little-known video formats like OGV, MXF (Material Exchange Format), CAVS (Chinese AVS Video) and MOD (JVC recorded video file).
You can add your video files from Dropbox, Google Drive and even from an URL.
No, you can’t convert a YouTube video by pasting its URL.
Before you hit the convert button, you can tweak the output settings. You can change the frame rate, video quality and even codec.
You can even cut a portion of your video by entering specific start and end time codes.
We converted an 80MB MP4 file to OGV.
It took four minutes to upload, convert and download the resultant 61MB OGV file. Not bad.
Check out Convertio free online video converter.
Online Convert is a versatile website where you can convert video and also other digital media ranging from ebooks, images and also documents.
At first glance, it doesn’t look like a converter site with its plain, unassuming greenish-grey background. But the range of conversion options offered is simply mind-boggling.
It has about 23 video conversion options including conversion for Xbox 360, Blackberry video and iPad video.
You could either upload a file or insert the URL of a video.
Alternatively if your file is in the cloud you could transfer it for conversion from Dropbox or Google Drive.
Additional conversion options are provided like bitrate change, audio removal and frame rate change.
Check out Video Online Convert, one of the best free online video converters you should consider.
If you need basic video file conversion to popular video formats, the Files Convert would be a choice you wish to consider.
This converter, offered by Don’s Tools, would suit newbies to file conversion who wouldn’t want to contend with technical aspects of the process – bitrate, audio codec, frame rate, etc.
The converted provides three conversion output options: Low , Moderate, High , Very High.
For example, if you want to share a talking head video, you may want to choose Low quality.
We tried converting a smartphone MP4 20-second video at 40.1MB and got the size reduced to 8MB with the settings in the screenshot above. Conversion was at a decent speed.
Want to get your video files converted without much fuss? Give Files Conversion a try.
Convert Video Online
This site has a simple interface which would not intimidate beginners.
The standout feature of this free online converter is it supports file uploads of up to 4GB!
If you’ve super-fast Internet connection with a super fast upload speed, then this is the converter you should consider.
There are 300 conversion options with even H265/HVEC support thrown in, if that’s what you need.
Apart from computer file uploads there are options to import from cloud storage – Google Drive and Dropbox.
Audio Options are as shown in the screenshot below.
We got a 40MB Smartphone video converted to 600kb Android video. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
This is definitely one of the best free online video converters that you should give a try.
There’s even an option to use it via a Chrome browser extension.
Check out Convert Video Online
AConvert allows you basic conversion and Advanced conversion. If you would just like to convert a video file to a different file extension, without changing anything else except the file extension, you choose the default mode.
If you want to change other aspects of the video then you could click on Options.
Check out AConvert
The thing with the best free online video converters iis they help you accomplish a minor video conversion task quickly. Don’t show up with a big file and expect results like you will with an offline converter.
Sometimes you need to test a few online video converters because you could determine which suits your purpose.