Freemake Video Converter

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Freemake Video Converter
Developer(s)Ellora Assets Corporation
Initial release1 July 2010 (2010-07-01)
Stable release[1] / 6 December 2022; 14 months ago (2022-12-06)
Operating systemWindows
Platform.NET Framework 4[2]
Size283 MB
Available inEnglish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Czech, Chinese and Japanese
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseFreemium adware

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.[3][4]


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.[5] It can also create photo slideshows with background music.[6] Users are then able to upload these videos to YouTube.[7]

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.[6][8] 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.[9] The software is able to perform DVD burning and is able to convert videos, photographs, and music into DVD video.[10]

The user interface is based on Windows Presentation Foundation technology. Freemake Video Converter supports NVIDIA CUDA technology for H.264 video encoding (starting with version 1.2.0).[11][12]

Important updates[edit]

Freemake Video Converter 2.0 was a major update that integrated two new functions: ripping video from online portals and Blu-ray disc creation and burning.[13][14] Version 2.1 implemented suggestions from users, including support for subtitles, ISO image creation, and DVD to DVD/Blu-ray conversion.[15] With version 2.3 (earlier 2.2 Beta), support for DXVA has been added to accelerate conversion (up to 50% for HD content).[16]

Version 3.0 added HTML5 video creation support and new presets for smartphones.[17]

Version 4.0 (introduced in April 2013) added a freemium "Gold Pack" of extra features that can be added if a "donation" is paid.[18] 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. Version 4.1.9, released on 25 November 2015 added support for drag-and-drop functions that were not available in prior versions.[1]

Since at least version (1 May 2017), the Freemake Welcome Screen is added at the beginning of the video, and the big Freemake logo is watermarked in the center of the whole video.[citation needed] This decreases the quality of free outputs, and users are forced to pay money to remove the watermark or stop using it.[according to whom?] Version (11 August 2016) does not have this restriction.[citation needed]

Freemake Video Converter Loading Screen

Licensing issues[edit]

FFmpeg has added Freemake Video Converter v1.3 to its Hall of Shame.[19] An issue tracker entry for this product, opened on 16 December 2010, says it is in violation of the GNU General Public License as it is distributing components of the FFmpeg project without including due credit. Ellora Assets Corporation has not responded yet.[20]

Bundled software from sponsors[edit]

Since version 4.0[citation needed], Freemake Video Converter's installer includes a potentially unwanted search toolbar from Conduit as well as SweetPacks malware.[21] Although users can decline the software during installation, the opt-out option is rendered in gray, which could mistakenly give the impression that it's disabled.[22][unreliable source?]

See also[edit]

Related software


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  3. ^ Horton, Steve (5 September 2010). "Freemake Video Converter Converts Files to Other Formats - For Free". PC World. PCWorld Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
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  9. ^ Schmidt, Torsten (October 2010). "Videos und Musik in Form bringen". PC Praxis (in German): 149.
  10. ^ "Freemake Video Converter 1.1: Brennt 40 Stunden Film auf 1 DVD". Online PC (in German). 6 September 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Freemake: First CUDA-Supported Free Video Converter". Victoria, Seychelles: 24-7 Press Release. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Freemake: Kostenloses Allroundpaket für Videoeinsteiger". (in German). 22 October 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  13. ^ Mathews, Lee (22 December 2010). "Freemake Video Converter adds Blu-Ray support, Web video downloading". DownloadSquad. AOL Inc. Archived from the original on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  14. ^ France, Jasmine (17 December 2010). "Free video conversion, DVD backup". CNET CBS Interactive.
  15. ^ Peers, Nick (14 February 2011). "Pssst, want to copy a Blu-ray disc? Freemake Video Converter 2.1 is for you". Betanews. Archived from the original on 16 February 2011.
  16. ^ "Freemake speeds up video conversion with DXVA technology". Freemake. 26 May 2011.
  17. ^ Peers, Nick (30 November 2011). "Freemake Video Converter 3 supports HTML5, smartphones". Betanews. Archived from the original on 1 December 2011.
  18. ^ "Freemake Video Converter 4.0 acts as spur for Gold Pack add-on". Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Hall of Shame". Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  20. ^ "Is Freemake Video Converter Free? The Latest Version?".
  21. ^ "Installs Conduit Search and SweetPacks". Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  22. ^[bare URL image file]

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