If you want to provide access to HTML5 video files on your website, or upload videos to services that support the new video formats only, you may need to convert them into the right format before you can do so.
While there are plenty of programs out there, free, paid, local and remote, that you can use for that, you will notice that they are not all the same in terms of functionality and quality of results.
VSO Free MKV WebM Converter is based on the company's commercial video converter. The main limitation set into place is that it can only convert to MKV, WebM and Ogg audio.
Note: While the program is advertised as free, it is not entirely true. You are free to use the default profiles that it ships with. What you cannot do however is use the custom profile feature of the application, as it is not available in the free version.
Once you have installed the video converter on your system and started it up, you will notice that it is really easy to use. Just click on the Add files button to add one or multiple source video files to the application. It can turn nearly any existing video format into the supported output formats including avi, mpg, flv, wmv, divx or dat to name a few.
You can get started with the conversion right away if you want to use the default preferences. All you need to do for that is to select the right output format from the menu and hit the start button afterwards. The output formats menu displays four profile categories to you:
- Generic video: MKV VP8 or MKV Remux profile.
- Web designed: Various WebM profiles.
- Audio profiles: Ogg Vorbis.
- Custom profiles: Options to add custom profiles. Not available in the free version.
It is recommended to open the preferences before you do so, as you can use them to change parameters of the conversion. Here you can change the output folder for example, which you may want to do if your c: drive is not the largest or fastest drive on the computer.
Other options available to you here are to modify the decoding and encoding settings, for instance changing the process priority or the number of simultaneous conversions, the resizing filters for up- and downscaling, or whether you want to use hardware decoders or encoders (e.g. Nvidia Cuda). The latter is not enabled by default, so you may want to do so manually if supported by your system.
The program has a lot going for it. It supports many important source video format,s hardware decoding, makes use of multi-core processors and can convert multiple video files simultaneously.
The free version is limited to the profiles the program ships with though, which may or may not be sufficient for your needs.