Freemake Video Converter
|Developer(s)||Ellora Assets Corporation|
|Initial release||1 July 2010|
|Stable release||18.104.22.168 / 18 March 2014|
|Platform||.NET Framework 4|
|Available in||English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Japanese|
|Type||Video editing software|
Freemake Video Converter is a freemium entry-level video editing app (in spite of its name) developed by Ellora Assets Corporation. The program can be used to convert between video formats, rip video DVDs, create photo slideshows and music visualizations. It can also burn compatible video streams to DVD or Blu-ray Discs or upload them directly to YouTube.
In spite of its name, Freemake Video Converter is an entry-level video editing app. It can perform simple non-linear video editing tasks, such as cutting, rotating, flipping, and combining multiple videos into one file with transition effects. It can also create photo slideshows with background music. Users are then able to upload these videos to YouTube.
Freemake Video Converter can read the majority of video, audio, and image formats, and outputs to AVI, MP4, WMV, Matroska, FLV, SWF, 3GP, DVD, Blu-ray, MPEG and MP3. The program also prepares videos supported by various multimedia devices, including Apple devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad), Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and Samsung, Nokia, BlackBerry, and Android mobile devices. The software is able to perform DVD burning and is able to convert videos, photographs, and music into DVD video.
Freemake Video Converter 2.0 was a major update which integrated two new functions: ripping video from online portals and Blu-ray Disc creation and burning. Version 2.1 implemented suggestions from users, including support for subtitles, ISO image creation, and DVD to DVD/Blu-ray conversion. With version 2.3 (earlier 2.2 Beta), support for DXVA has been added to accelerate conversion (up to 50% for HD content).
Version 4.0 (introduced in April 2013) added a freemium "Gold Pack" of extra features that can be added if a "donation" is paid. Starting with version 4.0.4, released on 27 August 2013, the program adds a promotional watermark at the end of every video longer than 5 minutes unless Gold Pack is activated.
FFmpeg has added Freemake Video Converter v1.3 to its Hall of Shame. An issue tracker entry for this product, opened on 16 December 2010, says it is in violation of GNU General Public License as it is distributing components of FFmpeg project without including due credit. Ellora Assets Corporation has not responded yet.
Since Version 4 Freemake Video Converter setup and updates will install Conduit Search and SweetPacks malware. People must very carefully read and opt-out of the new ad sponsors for Freemake Video Converter. Note: "( ) Custom Installation" option looks greyed out as if you can not click on it, but that is visually misleading. http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/620/753/original.jpg?w=800&h 
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