Since there are dozens of different types of video file formats out there, chances are you will come across a time when it will be necessary to convert stock footage to a format that is compatible with your project. Here are 5 free video converters you can use to quickly convert your files and get your project back on track.

MPEG Streamclip

You can use MPEG Streamclip to open and play most movie formats including MPEG files or transport streams; edit them with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Trim; set In/Out points and convert them into muxed or demuxed files, or export them to QuickTime, AVI, DV and MPEG-4 files with more than professional quality, so you can easily import them in a DVD authoring tool, and use them with many other applications or devices. Supported input formats: MPEG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD, VRO, DAT, MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T, MMV, REC, VID, AVR, M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, M1A, MP2, MPA, AC3 and more.


Quick Media Converter

Quick Media Converter is a free universal Video and Audio Youtube converter with many  more different possibilities, designed to be as simple  to use as it may get, Quick Media Converter supports a myriad of formats and codecs including FLV, AVI, DIVX, XVID, MPEG 1-4, iPod/iPhone, Real Media, and M4A. 


AVS Media Converter 

AVS Media Converter is a free video converter curently available for Windows only. It supports DVD, VOB, AVI, MOV, TS, XVID, MP4, WMV, M4V, 3GP, MPEG, H.264, MOD, MTS, M2TS, AVCHD, QT, Blu-Ray, DVR-MS, MKV, TOD, DPG, FLIC, RM, SWF, FLV, etc. Works as a DVD authorer (with menus included) and makes sharing videos online incredibly easy. 


Format Factory 

Format Factory is an easy-to-use multifunctional video converter for Windows OS. It supports MP4, 3GP, MPG, AVI, WMV, FLV, SWF, MP3, WMA, AMR, OGG, AAC, WAV, JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF, ICO, GIF, TGA. It works well with iPhone/iPod formats, can rip DVDs and is available in 56 languages. 



ffmpegX is a Mac OS X graphic user interface designed to easily operate more than 20 powerful Unix open-source video and audio processing tools. It converts to DivX, AVI XviD, H.264 MP4, MOV, DV, 3GP, Sony PSP, MP2, MP3, AAC, AC3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VCD, CVD, SVCD, KVCD, KSVCD, DVD, KDVD and MPEG-TS with complete control over encoding options.

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