Update: Please note that you can batch convert from almost any format into any format with most video editing programs.
Why? Coz MP4 is the video format that grants the highest quality with the smallest file size - it's best for archiving your clips online either on Dropbox or on video sharing websites like YouTube, Vimeo and all the other platforms that allow you to stream your videos.
Of course you can upload your 2GB AVI file to YouTube but wouldn't it be better to convert it to MP4 and only wait 20 minutes for the upload to complete instead of three hours?
Meet Leawo - a free MP4 converter that works with various file formats:
Inputs: ASF, FLV, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, RMVB, RM, M4V, DV, 3GP, 3G2, DAT, MPG, MPEG, VOB, MKV, MTS, M2TS, MOD, Xvix, TS, etc.
Outputs: MP4, iPod MP4, iPhone MP4, Apple TV MP4, PSP MP4, PS3 MP4, MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, AAC, MP2, AC3, AMR, AIFF, OGG, AU, etc.
The free version allows you to output in medium quality (480 px) but if you want more you can always purchase the pro version for $19. However, if you're not shooting in HD with your GoPro HD camera the free version should be fine for you.
Ease of use and simplicity are the main qualities of this software. You can also choose to merge your videos files into a single continuous clip. This can be helpful if you want to import just one file into your video editor and then make all the cuts, transitions and effects.
Another great thing you can accomplish with Leawo is lowering the file size of AVI videos. You basically import an AVI file and you export it as Xvid Movie (*.avi) - you'll get an AVI clip in slightly lower quality but the file size will be significantly smaller.
Batch converting is a bliss - simply add more files and hit the big green button (curved arrow).
The program is intuitive and easy to use so download Leawo for free and start converting your videos.
Extra tip: If you don't have a converter, you can simply upload your video to YouTube and then download it again. You can do that from your Video Manager dashboard. What you get is a MP4 in very small size and good quality - all done for you for free by YouTube.
Of course, if your file is large to begin with it will take a while to upload it to YouTube or Vimeo but it works.
I actually do this with some of my vlogs. I first upload the video on YouTube, then I download it again in a smaller file size so I can upload faster on Facebook. :)
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