Avidemux Review

A Review of Avidemux, a Free Video Converter Program

Avidemux screenshot in Windows
Avidemux.

What We Like

  • Clip out video selections.

  • Supports common output formats.

  • Clean and uncluttered user interface.

What We Don't Like

  • Converting videos can be confusing.

  • Doesn't explain which formats work on which devices (some converters do this)

Avidemux is a free video converter that accepts the most common video formats and supports filtering and cutting videos into sections before converting.

The program might be a little hard for some people to use because it's not just a straightforward video converter where you load the video and choose an output format. However, it does indeed function as a video file converter even though it includes other, advanced options, too.

More Information on Avidemux

  • Avidemux works with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (not 32-bit), Linux, and macOS
  • Supports common input and output formats, all of which are listed at the bottom of this page
  • Allows cutting, filtering, and encoding tasks
  • Moving frame-by-frame is easy with Avidemux because there are controls for it — you can see all of them from the Go menu
  • Jumping to a specific part of the video is made easy with the Go To Time feature
  • You can save the current frame as a PNG, BMP, or JPG image
  • Recently opened files and projects are listed in the Recent menu for easy access
  • Multi-threading and prioritization settings are available in Edit > Preferences, as are other advanced options like for enabling openGL, limiting the refresh rate, and options for encoding, indexing/unpacking, and playback priority
  • Adjust the contrast, brightness, color, hue, and saturation of the video. You can also add hardcoded subtitles, reduce noise, smooth the image, and much more
  • Decoder options let you show motion vectors in Avidemux
  • You have full control over which of the five toolbars to show at any given time
  • View lots of details about the video: audio and video codec, image size, aspect ratio, frame rate, total duration, audio channel count, variable bitrate, frequency, and more.

Thoughts on Avidemux

Avidemux isn't the easiest video converter program to use because it's not just a video converter. However, it does what it's intended to do even if it may take a little playing around to become familiar with the way things are setup.

This program is a bit more advanced than similar ones, but it enables videos to be converted into common formats, which is always a plus.

How to Convert Videos With Avidemux

To convert a video is as easy as loading it through the File menu and picking the format you want to save the video to. The other options can be avoided if you're not interested in tweaking anything else.

  1. Go to File > Open... and find and select the video you want converted.

    Avidemux video selection screen
  2. Click Open to load the video into the program.

  3. Locate the Output Format area on the left side of the program and then pick a format to convert the video to.

    Avidemux video conversion format selection options
  4. Go to File > Save to pick where to save the converted video.

    Avidemux video conversion prompt
  5. Click Save to start the conversion process.

You'll know when the conversion is finished when you see the Done message prompt. The file is saved wherever you chose in Step 4.

Supported Video File Formats

The video file formats below are what Avidemux supports. If your video is in any of the formats listed in the "Input Formats" section, it means you can load the file into the Avidemux program. The list of file formats in the "Output Formats" section is what you can convert the file to.

For example, you can use Avidemux to convert MP4 to AVI and MKV to MP4.

  • Input Formats: 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, H263, MKV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG4, MPG, OGM
  • Output Formats: AVI, FLV, M1V, M2V, MKV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, OGM, TS

Avidemux Alternatives

Like we said above, Avidemux may be difficult for some to use because it doesn't function solely as a video converter. There are other programs that might be easier to use, though, like Freemake Video Converter.

We keep a list of other free video file converters if you'd like to try something else with more or less features, easier usability, support for more file formats, etc. There are so many video converter programs and even online tools that you should have no problem finding one that works for you.