Windows: Handbrake is one of the best video converters out there, but its interface leaves a lot to be desired, particularly if you're converting a large batch of videos. Free app Smallx264 fixes that with an easy-to-use approach to the power converter.
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Windows only: We've already highlighted the best free video conversion tools, but if you want to both edit and convert a video, those apps aren't up to it. That's where Free Video Converter comes in. Free Video Converter lets you choose sections of any video and join or split clips so that once you're ready to export or convert the video, you get final say on what you see.
Windows only: Convert videos from DVD or downloads into the format and size you like with Automen, a simple but powerful tool that's small, free, and relatively easy to use. I say "relatively" compared to Mencoder, the command-line utility it provides a user interface for. You will have to edit the program's INI configuration file in Notepad to get it working, so if drag-and-drop is more your speed it might not be right for you. You can choose from a variety of input and output formats (including XVID, FLV, WMV, and MP4), specify the output dimensions and even target file size, batch-process multiple videos and the software will take full advantage of multi-core processors to speed up encoding. Automen is a free download for Windows.