Best free tools for video

Free utilities to see videos, edit, convert and compress them...


To retrieve a video on a sharing site like Youtube or Dailymotion, an extension to Firefox.
It is also possible to use online services.

Videolan VLC

VLC is a utility to view video files stored on the computer in various formats. The site announces 52 millions of downloads today (April 2009).

This tool is cross-platform and MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg are recognized among others. It is open source.

SUPER (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer)

Free conversion tool enabling to save space on the disk using a more compact video format as MPEG 4 when format uses a less efficient as MPEG 2.
It is actually a GUI connected to open source tools for converting video format such as Fmepg, MEncoder, MPlayer, x264, FFmpeg2theora, the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugin.
A conversion is done by choosing a container (AVI), an audio codec (MP3) and a video codec (Xvid).

DVD Decrypter

To create a jukebox from movies (that you bought), or copy them to a hard drive to view directly from a list, or to keep a backup, this software is essential because it removes the region code can prevent a direct reading of files.
The law of the country could restrict the use of this software.

DVD Shrink

More than a software to backup DVD movies, DVD Shrink is a compression tool that can reduce the size of a movie more than 50%. It also has algorithms to remove region codes.
The use of this software is also restricted by laws of some countries.


Video editor that lets you cut unwanted parts, including advertising from a television program that you want to save.
To do this on the video you are viewing, select with the symbols [ and ] sections to keep.
In Windows Vista you must check the "Never use Overlay" to remove an incompatibility with Aero.


Puslishing old open source software and video editing that supports most formats, but WMV that is a proprietary format to Microsoft. Note that you can convert a WMV video in a format recognized by VirtualDub with Windows Movie Maker which is available by default on computers running Windows.
VirtualDub allows editing, creating video from images, extracting images and converting formats for better compression.
At each session, it is necessary to choose an audio format (Full Processing Mode and Compression -> MPEG Layer 3) and a video format (Full Processing Mode then Compression -> XVid MPEG-4).

VirtualDub can also capture (acquire) a video from various sources in combination with a video card (Capture AVI from the File menu).


XnView is an image and video viewer. It supports most formats. Actually it also depends on the codecs that are installed on the computer.

K-Lite Codec Pack

Adds many codecs on your computer to be usable directly by the various video software described above.

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