The Best Free Media Converters (Images, eBooks, Videos, and Audio)

The free applications below offer reliable media conversions for images, eBooks, video, and audio files.

Image Format Converter: XnConvert

Platform Support: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

XnConvert is a free and reliable image converter. It supports over 400 file formats (such as jpeg, tiff, png, gif, camera raw, jpeg2000, WebP, OpenEXR). You can resize, add a watermark, change contrast, brightness, or gamma and apply filters.

Audio Format Converter: MediaHuman Audio Converter

Platform Support: Windows and Mac.

MediaHuman Audio Converter is a free app that supports many audio formats. It has an easy-to-use interface where you can drag and drop your music files and instantly convert them.

You can convert your music to WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, Apple Lossless format, and many others.

Unfortunately, it lacks Linux support. On Linux, you can use fre:ac for audio conversion instead.

eBook Format Converter: Calibre

Platform Support: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Calibre is a free and open-source ebook converter and manager. The interface is a bit cluttered, but overall it is a great tool for converting ebooks into other formats and sending ebooks to devices like Kindles, Nooks, and iPads. It allows you to bypass the time-consuming methods of ebook transfers that Amazon and Apple support.

Calibre does not remove DRM (digital rights management) restrictions from ebooks.

Video Format Converter: Handbrake

Platform Support: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

HandBrake is a free and open-source video converter (or transcoder).

It converts from one video format to another, compressing the files.

Handbrake supports any Blu-ray or DVD-like source, namely:

  • A VIDEO_TS folder
  • A DVD image or real DVD
  • Some .VOB, .m2ts, and .TS files

Outputs:

  • File format: MP4 and MKV
  • Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora
  • Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC (OS X Only), MP3, or Vorbis. AC-3 pass-through, DTS pass-through (MKV only)

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