Kirara Encoder, Free Portable Video Encoder For Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 21, 2012
Updated • Jul 13, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

If you download a lot of videos from the Internet, you probably end up with them being in different video formats, unless you happen to download them all from one source. Even then, you may sometimes feel the need to change the video format, for instance to make it compatible with a smartphone or mobile device, or a standalone media player that is connected to your television.

Kirara Encoder is a free portable multimedia encoder for the Windows operating system. It uses the ffmpeg library for the encoding of video files which ensures compatibility with the majority of popular media formats. Compatibility includes avi, flv, mkv, mpeg, divx and xvid, as well as H.263/264 and all popular audio formats.

When you start the program you are presented with a great looking interface. A click on the Add button lets you add supported videos to it right away. You can preview videos with a double-click, or right-click individual videos to select the audio and video track you want converted. The popular MPlayer is used for the previewing, so that all supported video formats should play just fine. A click on Preset opens a selection of output formats. The majority are mobile presets, for various Android and Apple smartphones and devices, as well as other mobile phones and a handful of desktop formats. Once you have made that selection, you may first want to click on the settings button in the lower right corner of the screen to configure the output format exactly the way you want them to be.

This also lets you change the output type, which is handy if the desired type was not available as a preset. You can use the menu to add your own presets to the program. Here you configure video quality settings, audio settings, subtitles and a bunch of other parameters that advanced users will like. To throw some features into the room, how do changing the bitrate, framerate and passes, video filters, custom resolutions, flipping and rotation, subtitle positioning or file size limitations sound?

The program displays information about the video output in the main interface. Once you are satisfied with your selection, you can click on the start button to start the encoding process. A preview is shown during the encoding process.

Many of the program's features are hidden in the interface. You can right-click a video for instance and select Segment / Crop from the context menu to crop the video or segment it. This is done directly in Kirara Encoder.


A great program for all versions of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 8, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. If you are looking for a versatile video converter that is easy to use but with advanced features for experienced users, I suggest you give it a try.


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  1. smaragdus said on March 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Freemake Video Converter is ad-ware and spy-ware, like any other Freemake product.

    1. tocammo said on April 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Do you have proof of this accusation?

      1. Michael said on January 18, 2015 at 2:33 am

        *Ahhem… What the poor fellow meant to say:

        Like most software made available to you by our gracious hosts, it bundles optional software and probably opts you into setting your home page and search functions. So.. Just be sure to do an advanced/custom install, look for skip or decline options while installing, and uncheck and check marked boxes.

  2. Bob Johnson said on March 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Mark, I could not get Kirar encoder to work.

    Objective: I want to download video files from Utube, put them on a DVD to watch on our TV. I have used many video convertors. All are a hit and miss process. Our DVD recorder is a Panosonic.
    Question: Is there a tutorial to do this? What is the right proceedorial?

  3. A&L said on March 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I use Freemake video converter can also paste a url to download and convert and can also crop the video before converting

  4. ilev said on March 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Freemake Video Converter 3.0.2 support now new iPad’s HD resolution.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on March 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’m always get lost with encoders because I don’t know any simple for non-magicians.

    I mean, they are missing some presets and preview to get best-high-good quality with known projected size, like RIOT does for images, – I know future size and see the quality, and can play with them, setting desired quality or size and see the result quickly to get what I want.

    Martin, maybe you know any *easy and good* encoder? Other tips from comment readers are also welcome.

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