Tom's Guide: 10 Free Conversion Tools for Audio and Video

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), universal formats for audio and video don't exist. While some may be more popular than others, chances are you'll find yourself trying to convert from one format to another at some point in your life. That's not always an easy task, though. As such, the Tom's Guide team has put together a list of the best audio and video conversion tools. Be sure to check out '10 Free Conversion Tools for Your Audio and Video' for the full list!
 

The boom in digital media has resulted in numerous file formats for audio and video content of varying quality and ubiquity, whether you consume your media on desktop, smartphone, tablet, or dedicated media device. Some, such as MP3 and MP4, are practically ubiquitous, playable on just about any player or device worth its salt, while more esoteric formats such as OGG and FLAC might possess technical advantages, but might be unsupported on some media players and devices. Fortunately, conversion software can come to the rescue, allowing you to input your media files, and then convert them into another format. Check out these free audio and video conversion tools that can be of use whether you just want to convert a troublesome format or shrink your media into a more mobile-friendly form.

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  • JPNpower
    I never understood, converting and encoding are the same right?
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  • joytech22
    "I never understood, converting and encoding are the same right?"

    Nope, converting is exactly what its name implies - taking from one thing and turning it into another.

    Encoding is more taking the raw data and turning it into something more manageable.

    Those are really basic examples but you get the idea..
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