Avidemux Review

A Review of Avidemux, a Free Video Converter Program

Screenshot of Avidemux in Windows
Avidemux.

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.

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Pros & Cons

The only downside to Avidemux is that it's a little hard to use:

Pros:

  • Clip out video selections
  • Supports common output formats
  • Clean and uncluttered interface

Cons:

  • Converting videos can be confusing

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
  • You can save the current frame as a 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 the Preferences menu, as are other advanced options like for enabling openGL or limiting the refresh rate. For example, can set the encoding, indexing/unpacking, and playback priority between five presets
  • The Video Filter Manager window in Avidemux lets you 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

My 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.

To convert a video is as easy as loading it through the File menu, choosing the output format from the left side of the program, and then use the File menu again to save it. The other options can be avoided if you're not interested in tweaking anything else.

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, MKV to MP4, etc.

Input Formats

3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, H263, JPEG, MKV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG4, MPG, and OGM

Output Formats

AVI, FLV, M1V, M2V, MKV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, OGM and TS

Download Avidemux
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Other Video Converters Like Avidemux

Like I 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.

I 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.

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