How do I change a video file?

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With all the different cameras, cell phones, and video cameras there are a lot of different formats of a video file. For example windows’ format is .WMV and Macintosh’s is .MOV. There are different formats because they all offer different quality and file sizes. To view a wide variety of video formats you can download a program called VLC. Here is the link:

If you are using windows you will notice at the end of files what is called an extension. It tells you what kind of file format a file is. For example myvideo.avi.
You will first need to enable this so that you can tell which file type your video file is.

Show your file extensions (format)

In order to see what type of video format your video is you will need to enable it by going to control panel and double clicking Folder Options. Now click on the View tab and uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types box. Click Apply and OK and you files will now show their extensions.

folder options deselect hide file extensions

Now you will be able to see what type of video file a video is!

Well, there are many video converter programs out there but lets look at the free options first.

There are online video converters out there where you can upload a video and it will convert it on a server and then it will give you a link to download it to your computer as the different video format. To do this simply do a Google search of “online video converter”.

I have used a few and they seem to work well. Here are a few options:

Free Online Video Converters

1 – – Free Online Video Converter
Zamzar is really good. It offers many different video formats to convert and even goes beyond that to convert even other files such as pictures, music, or document files.

2 – Media Converter
Media Converter is a simple online video converter and it even allows you to download youtube videos!

3 – allows you to download youtube videos in a certain format also. Simply upload a video file of your own, convert, then download as a different video type.

There are also video converter programs that you can install on your computer.

Free Video Converter Programs

1 – Any Video Converter
Video formats and media that Any Video Converter Free supports:
Input formats:
avi, asf, mov, rm, rmvb, flv, mkv, mpg, 3gp, m4v, vob, m2ts, webm(V8), f4v, YouTube videos, camera videos and more
Output formats:
avi, mp4, wmv, swf, flv, mkv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), asf, m2ts, webm(V8), mp3, wma, ogg, aac, wave, m4a

2 – Free Make – Video Converter

There you have it! That is how you change a video file to another format.

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