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VLC Video Converter | How to Use VLC as A Video Converter for Free?

When searching for the easiest to use video converter recommendations, many results would lead you to notable free converters like Handbrake and Avidemux. And their lists could be even lengthier - freemake video converter, any video converter, MEncoder, XMedia Recode and more.

However, what you should know is that you might already have a great free video converter installed on your computer, and its name is VLC.

VLC video converter

What is VLC?

VLC is an open source free media player developed by VideoLan. It is a powerful media player that can encode, decode, transcode many popular formats and codecs.


VLC Video Converter FAQs:

1. Can I use VLC to convert video formats?

Sure. VLC media player can be used as both a media player and a video converter covering input and output formats of almost all the popular video and audio under the sun - MPEG-4, HEVC, VP8, FLAC… VP9 is not supported.

2. Can VLC convert multiple files at once?

Yup. You can choose to add multiple files in VLC to convert at once. But you will have to understand that you can only convert those files to the same output format rather than converting them simultanously to different formats.

VLC converts multiple files

3. Can VLC convert audio files?

Sure. VLC video converter can transcode audio and video files as long as it supports the format and codec.

4. How to convert video files using VLC?

Using VLC to convert video file formats can be very easy. Read and follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to VLC Video Convert Panel

Launch VLC video converter and click on the "Media" drop-down menu. Simply select "Convert/ Save" button.

Convert in VLC video Converter

Step 2: Under the File tab, click Add button to choose a format file or multiple files

Add files in VLC to convert

Step 3: Click convert/Save button on the right lower corner

Step 4: Select the target format and codec

Here, you can click the drop-down menu to select a preset format/codec or go to the advanced settings to edit or create a new profile. After doing so, simply click "Start" button to convert in VLC.

VLC File Converter

Step 5 Select the advanced encoding parameters

You can change encapsulation, video codec, audio codec, subtitles. And you can choose different bitrates, frame rates, resolutions, filters, etc. Note that you can preview the codecs and decide whether your target parameters are included. VLC has a limited format support, which is a common shortcoming of free converters.

advanced VLC convert setting

Step 6 Click Browse button to choose the file destination

Step 7 Click Start button to proceed video conversion

However, some times you will find VLC not converting and other VLC not working issues happen every now and then. And when that happens, you might want to find help from other converters.

VLC video converter vs Handbrake

Since VLC is mainly a media player software that moonlights as a workable video converter, in comparison with those professional converters, VLC has a limited format support and limited format presets. Handbrake does not support 3GP, AVI, DVD, FLV, OGG, WEBM, WMV as output format but FFmpeg supports almost all of those.

VideoProc can also convert tons of formats and codecs, covering even more numbers of codecs than free converter software like VLC with instant tech support if conversion failure emerges. When VLC cannot meet your needs, it is also suggested that you try out VideoProc.


Gabriel Coleman

Gabriel is a technical editor with several years of writing experience. Gabriel covers video processing, post-production, hardware, Windows, Apple's Macs, iPhones, iPads, and all kinds of technology topics. He loves collecting cool gadgets and trying new things like virtual reality, drones, 8K TVs and the latest 4K games. He also has interests in reading, photography, climbing, scuba diving, and tennis.

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