After spending what seemed like a lifetime trying to work out a way to import a MOV video file into Windows Live Movie Maker, we were delighted to stumble upon a fantastic, free program called Freemake Video Converter.
Unlike all the strange workarounds and dubious looking commercial offerings we unearthed during our search, using FreeMake was simplicity itself.
Because Windows Live Movie Maker doesn’t like MOV files, they have to be converted into something it can read and here’s where Freemake comes in.
Converting to AVI
To convert files, all we had to do was click on the big ‘video’ button, select the videos we wanted to convert, and then click the button at the bottom marked with the export file format of our choice (in this case, AVI).
Multiple files can be batch converted or merged intro one file, and basic editing tools let you trim, rotate and flip the clips.
The program is wonderfully simple to use, fast and got the job done in seconds.
It’s free too, although the author invites people to donate if they like the program. Which we do, so we will.
Hugely versatile for audio and video
The program manages to handle over 200 input formats, including AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, MPG, 3GP, 3G2, SWF, FLV, TOD, AVCHD, MOV, DV, RM, QT, TS, MTS video formats, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV music formats and JPG, BMP, PNG,GIF photos which can be turned into video.
FreeMake can also convert online videos directly from over 50 sites, including YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, LiveLeak, and output them to AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, 3GP, MP3 or HTML5.
The feature list is extensive and impressive and we can’t recommend Freemake enough – check out the videos to see the program in action (complete with crazy acid-rock soundtrack):