Convert Video Files with VLC

VLC

I’ve written about the VLC Media Player before. See A Better Replacement for Windows Media Player and Apple Quick Time. I swear by it and I’m not alone. Many video producers consider it their primary video viewer.

On the surface it is a straightforward video player, but it has many other capabilities. Such as it’s ability to convert video files. And it does a pretty good job. It may not be as powerful as Handbrake, but chances are you already have VLC (or you should) and the price is right- free!

Here’s how to convert a video file with VLC:

1. Go to Media, then click “Convert / Save.”
2. Under File / File Selection, click “Add”
3. Find the file you want to convert
4. Then at the bottom of the page, click “Convert / Save.”
5. On the next page under Profile choose the file type you want to covert to.
6. Name the file and choose a Destination.
7. Click “Start.”


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4 thoughts on “Convert Video Files with VLC

  1. Joe Forte

    WOW! This is awesome. I didn’t realize that VLC did all this. We get a lot of calls to our video production company asking if we can convert video files and I usually direct them to Google and the barrage of different programs on there. I know exactly where I will direct them from now on. Thanks Hal!

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    1. Hal Post author

      Glad you like it, Joe. I would charge those customers, not only is it as little more cash flow, but often one small job leads to others. You get to know someone who needs video services.

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  2. jeff card

    Thank you for this valuable information. I had no idea VLC was this powerful. This will help me greatly with my current situation. But there is a little problem when converting a video to mp4 it doesn’t keep the audio. Any thoughts on what else I could check to fix this. I used to convert video with Acethinker Video Converter, never had that problem.

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