Our list of free video compression software should be of assistance to those who are clueless about how to reduce file sizes of their movies. You’ve definitely landed at the right place if you are looking for options that serve the purpose without requiring you to spend anything. We have also added a trial version of paid utilities for those who would like to download compression programs with additional features. Read through the randomly compiled list and tell us which of these you deem fit to be installed on your PC.
1 – Handbrake:
An open-source GPL-licensed application that goes by the name of Handbrake, comes across as an effective means to carry out the task at hand. This multi-threaded transcoder can be used for processing the common multimedia files or DVD and Blu-ray discs that are devoid of copy protections.
It comes with built-in presets for some of the common devices and allows you to queue up multiple encodes for batch conversions. It works on computers running Windows, Mac as well as Linux platforms.
2 – VirtualDub:
Like Handbrake, the second option on our video compression software lineup has also acquired a GPL license and thus costs nothing at all. You can not only reduce the file size of a certain clipping, but also bring it back to the original size if you so wish.
And those who are not satisfied with these features, will be glad to know that the tool is also loaded with filters so you can edit and add effects to your movies.
3 – Format Factory:
Especially designed for computers running Windows OS, Format Factory is an open source suite that allows converting all clippings to common formats like MP4, 3GP, FLV, AVI and more. Apart from reducing the multimedia size, you can even utilize it for repairing damaged content.
And besides movies, it is even compatible with audio and image files and enables you to rip DVDs and CDs. iPhone and iPod file formats are also supported by this particular tool.
4 – Theora:
Theora has been developed by the guys over at Xiph Foundation and is especially meant to lower the bit-rates of clippings. It can come in handy for those of you who upload and distribute movies online. It can be downloaded without paying up a single penny and if you like the utility, you can even choose to donate some money to its developers.
5 – Hamster Converter:
We’ve assigned the next position in our video compression software list to a suite that helps you convert formats of clippings so they can be enjoyed on multiple gadgets like iPhone, iPad, iPod, PS3, PSP, Xbox, BlackBerry and Android smartphones and tablets amongst many others. You can easily change the bit-rates and frame rates of clips and even crop a part of it to reduce its file size.
There’s an option to directly choose a certain device as well, instead of adjusting the parameters by yourself, which comes in handy if you are resizing the movie for a particular mobile device. It runs on computers based on the Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7 environments.
6 – XviD Codec:
This open source MPEG-4 codec is especially designed for the purpose of reducing file sizes of movies to make it easier for you to share them over computer networks. Another advantage is that these multimedia files will take far less space on your hard disk if you turn them into a compact version of themselves. According to the developers, the application is equivalent to a ZIP archive for your clippings. This future-proof and open source application is devoid of any adware of spyware. It is available for computer systems that make the most of either Windows or Linux platforms.
7 – Prism Converter:
If the developers of this suite from our compilation are to be believed, Prism is one of the most stable and comprehensive multi-format converter in this category. It takes a mere few minutes to reduce file sizes of clippings and promises to be compatible with most of the common formats. Another advantage is that it includes the batch conversion features, thus allowing you to change formats of multiple files at once.
You can adjust parameters like bitrates, frame rates, resolution and even determine a specific size for the output. Its latest Windows version is compatible with XP, Vista, 7 and 8 platforms, while the Mac version can run on OS X 10.4 or later.
8 – 4Media FLV to MP4 Converter:
As the name suggests, this suite coded by 4Media is basically meant for converting FLV files in to multiple codecs including MOV, MPEG-4, H.264 and more. Besides converting, you can also extract audio files from clippings in file formats such as M4A, MP3 and WAV. It goes without saying that the application in question lets you adjust file size, bit-rate, frame rate, resolution and more. You can even choose to split or trim the clipping. and if you like the complimentary version of the program, you can choose to buy it for Mac and Windows PCs for $29.99 and $25.99, respectively.
These were just some of the free video compression software that can be obtained without any cost through the internet. A number of other paid suites have also been introduced by developers and as their trial versions are available, you can try them out before you decide to buy a certain application. So will you be buying an advanced utility or do you think these tools are good enough? Do drop in a line in the comments section below to let us know.