There are an incredible amount of devices and file formats available. Each device has a specific file format, and the file formats can vary across platforms. You might have an OGG file that you want to put on your MP3 player. You might need an AVI, rather than an MPG. Here are ten free file converters which will get the job done.
Source: D Sharon Pruitt
#1. Sound Converter (Linux)
This GNOME desktop sound converter takes nearly all sound formats and translate them into MP3, WAV, FLAC, OGG and AAC files. The interface is incredibly easy to use, making it a great option for Linux users.
#2. Youconvertit (Web Based)
This service is entirely web based, and will email you a notification when your file is completed. It has the standard file formats available for conversion.
Many free web based services are unwieldy or advertiser saturated, but this site is clean and efficient. You can write your RAR files to ZIP, MP3 to WAV, or WMV to AVI.
#3. HandBrake (Mac OS X, Linux, Windows)
This program takes your DVDs (or DVD-like) and outputs them in MP4 and MKV formats. For audio, you can have MP3 or OGG. Some additional features include subtitles and chapter selection.
#4. Ogg Convert (Linux)
Convert your audio and video into the OGG format. This compression is tight enough to be preferred by many within the field. It takes only a couple of clicks to translate your files. This program also preserves your metadata so you do not have to worry about replacing the tags on your files.
#5. Media Converter (Web Based)
Media Converter will take files up to 100MB and convert them to MP3, MPG, WMV, OGG, RM, AVI, FLV and many more. Upload a website’s URL and create readable files for your hard drive.
Some sites that Media Converter supports are livevideo.com, dailymotion.com, veoh.com, blip.tv. Their paid service will support many more websites and more than five daily conversions.
#6. Switch (Mac OS X, Windows)
The best feature about the Switch audio converter is that you can batch process up to 32,000 files. You can save your files to OGG, FLAC, AAC, WMA, MP3, VOX, and RAW formats. You can switch formats in a matter of minutes.
#7. Quick Media Converter (Windows)
A multitude of options are available with this program. You can convert most of the audio and video formats, including DVD, Quicktime, Flash, DivX, MP3 and WMA into AVI, FLV, GIF, MP4 and MP3 formats. You can join your split video files using this program.
#8. Arista Transcoder (Linux)
Make your files readable by the iPad and iPod with the Arista Transcoder system. Make your files readable by nearly any system by translating them into the OGG, AAC, AVI, FLV, MP3 and MP4 formats.
This is a fully featured media converter, offering conversion choices in movie files, image files, sound or text files. Output your audio to WAV, MP3, FLAC, AMR or MPC formats. Videos will convert to to AVI, OGG, WMV, FLV and many others.
#10. Zamzar (Web Based)
Zamzar changes your audio, video, text files, compressed files and image files into a host of formats including BMP, GIF, DOC, PPT, MP3, WMA, MPG and AVI. The free service will convert up to 100MB files, and their pay service goes into more depths with larger filesizes available for your conversion.
To work efficiently on the web, you occasionally need to do file conversion. Fortunately, there are plenty of free file conversion programs and sites on the web to assist with your needs. There are no steep learning curves, so you will be converting in no time.
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