How to Use VLC Player to Convert Videos From One Format to Another

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There’s no doubt that VLC is one of the most acclaimed and feature-rich media players available. Yes, of course the reason is its seamless ability to play wide variety of media files and discs but that’s not all.

Using VLC you can do many creative things with your videos and one of the examples that we have already seen is its ability to cut video clips. I’m sure you’ll appreciate the ease with which it gets the job done without any hassle whatsoever.

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Impressive, right? So, today we will see how you can use your VLC media player as a free video converter for all your media files.

Converting Videos With VLC

Step 1: Launch VLC media player and click on Media –> Convert / Save.

convert save

Step 2: Under the file tab you will see two sections. In the first one add the file you want to convert while the second section can be used to embed a subtitle to the converted video that’s already in sync.

open file

Step 3: Click on the Convert/Save button when you are done. Finally select the destination folder, give a desired filename, select the desired video profile and click on the start button.

destination file

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Note: By default VLC media player comes packed with a few profiles that can convert your video to most of the widely used audio and video formats. You can edit, delete or create new profiles using three buttons located next to the select profile dropdown list.

advance editing

You can play with various settings like audio and video codecs to get your desired conversion profile.

Step 5: Once everything is at place press the start button.

It’s now time to sit back and relax. The player will stream the video in twice the speed and convert it at the same time in the background.

Note: Although VLC is shipped with all the necessary codecs but still if you face any trouble while converting your videos then try installing a codec pack. The one I prefer is K-Lite Codec pack.

My Verdict

VLC video converter is as powerful as any of the widely used video converters. With editable parameters like codecs to use, frame rate, bitrate etc, VLC can surely give most of the paid converters out there a run for their money. The only feature lacking is the ability to batch convert videos.

So do try using VLC as a video converter and share with us your experience. The comments section awaits you! :)

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  1. Parminder Ghai says:

    nice tutorial..I will try it ..Thanks

  2. Stan Anderson says:

    How do I choose profile, codecs, bit rates, etc. How do I learn about such things?

  3. Brian says:

    VLC won’t make MP4 of YouTube https sites and could not make a mp4 from a CNN video site. My former computer had a version of VLC that did just about every online site. Is there a way to configure this VLC download to capture more sites or is there another version of VLC to use? Thank you.

    • Jacky Xie says:

      I don’t think it’s legal to download videos from those sites.

  4. Michele says:

    Thank you, for this step by step instruction for VLC video conversion ! I was going crazy trying to figure out how to convert from a different format, to MP4…I have AS, so this really helps me out. I need simplistic steps that are very visual ! Thanks again ! :)

  5. Jeffrey says:

    How can I add subtitles (hard coded)- but in the converted video – keep the subs in a black space BELOW the actual video? – I have used the padd below the video – in VLC the subs play fine in the black space below the video – but in the converted video the subtitles do NOT appear in the black space – instead the subtitles are in the video — so my question is — how to keep these black Padds in the converted video?

  6. Glorianna says:

    I don’t have Media as an option on my menu bar. The only options are File, Edit, Playback, Audio, Video, Window and Help. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to convert my MXF files. Can you help please?

  7. Tedrick says:

    Doesnt work for me – what am I doing wrong…….

  8. shitty converter says:

    Shit… doesn’t work. Keeps crashing!

  9. Prabha says:

    doesn’t work for meee! Please help!

  10. Prabha says:

    I have to convert IFO to .wmv or .mp4 It doesn’t happen by following the above instructions. Pls guide. Thanks.

  11. Nathan says:

    “The only feature lacking is the ability to batch convert videos.”
    That’s simply not true at all. It can be used from a CLI to convert videos, so you
    can use the CLI to batch convert videos, which is the job of the CLI
    after all, and not that of a video converter (which should only ever convert to
    one file at a time IMO).

  12. littleporkchop says:

    When converting a video to mp4 it doesn’t keep the audio

  13. Michael Hagy says:

    I am trying to convert MKV files it converts the video but not the audio, any idea what is going on

  14. madhumati says:

    how to convert
    wedding album maker video file to vlc medai player

  15. littlejohn says:

    Thank you for this valuable information. I had no idea VLC was this powerful. This will help me greatly with my current situation.

  16. wakeupscreaming says:

    These options don’t show up on a Mac OSX :(
    Only export to stream or something.

  17. MANU says:

    I am converting now, however, it is converting really slow and you said that “The player will stream the video in twice the speed and convert it at the same time in the background.”

  18. César Pascual Ramos says:

    Hi, I have no idea what I’m doing wrong but any file (Audio or Video) I try to convert becomes a .ts file. Does anyone know how to fix this? Maybe I didn’t change

    some parameters?

  19. blackpanther56 says:

    trying to convert a vlc video to play in Windows Media Player.

  20. zika says:

    you can have batch converts, vlc is usable without GUI

  21. MrSonicAdvance says:

    This is freaking genius and you are a star! :-)

  22. Scott Lindberg says:

    i watched a tutorial that converted the file mkv to wmv in like 30 seconds but when i do it it makes me wate the complete
    run time of the movie help please