How can I convert different types of file formats?
First step check your applications Frequently the application you used to create the file in the first place will let you save it as something else. If youre viewing a document in Google Docs for example you can click File and Download to bring up a list of formats to which you can convert the page. These include Microsoft Word PDF and . The desktop programs Word and Apple Pages offer a similar selection of formats. It the same with from Photos on macOS for example via File and Export . It will let you choose between JPEG PNG and TIFF formats. If you know youll want to access a given file using multiple programs you can save it in several formats to begin with. Of course you won always have access to the program that originally created the file. In that case youll want to use a conversion program. The program you choose will depend on the of file youre tinkering with. For converting video For your video conversion needs you can go wrong with the free programs Handbrake and VLC. Handbrake s (for Windows macOS and Linux) takes video files from almost every imaginable format and converts them into any other popular video . It simple to operate and even lets you pick from standard pre-set modes in order to say optimize the videos youre converting for an iPhone X s . When youre morefortable with the software you can dig deeper into the settings for the codecsthe exact standards by which the video files are saved. Beyond that Handbrake can rip videos from DVDs and supports subtitles and chapter markers in your conversions. Equally impressive VLC Media Player s (for Windows macOS and Linux) can play a whole host of video formats including MPEG-4 WMV and MKV with no extra plug-ins. It can also convert a broad selection of different file s. Think of it as a Swiss Army knife for video conversions. With the program open on screen choose Media then Convert . The application will ask you to pick a video file from the hard drive and you can then choose the format you want to change it into. Rather than writing over the original file VLC will create a separate copy of the newly-reformatted video. You can include subtitles and chapter markers in the conversion and even convert batches of files at once. For converting s at once. Equally as impressive as XnConvert Adapter s (for Windows and macOS) is a little more user-friendly. To get started drag files on top of the application interface choose your output format and then click the Convert button. Along the way you can change the resolution and quality of the file. Adapter is happy converting a long list of files in one go and will convert popular video and audio file formats as well. If you prefer something that requires no installation and can be run from inside any web browser then give the versatile Zamzar a try. It supports conversions to and from more than 12 different file s including pictures video and audio. The only downside is that youll have to pony up your email address in order to use the service once it converts a file itll send a to the address you provided. For converting audio Some of the applications we've mentioned above like Zamzar and Adapter also tackle audio files. If you want a dedicated audio converter however you can find plenty of other programs. The free freac s (for Windows macOS and Linux) supports a wide variety of formats from FLAC to MP3. In addition youll get several options that let you tinker with the audio quality. Load up your tracks using the Add audio files button on the top left then choose your output format on the General settings part of the Options menu. To set the output options in more detail select Options and Configure selected encoder. Once youre happy with the settings click the green play button on the toolbar to start the conversion (encoding) process. The simple and straightforward Free Audio Converter from Freemake (for Windows only) is another good choice. With this application just drag your audio into the program window choose your output format from the list at the bottom and youre good to go. It supportsmon audio formats such as MP3 AAC WMA OGG and FLAC. Finally if you want to take more control over the audio as you convert it opt for the free audio editor Audacity (for Windows macOS and Linux). In addition to a full suite of editing tools it gives you the option to convert your files between various popular formats. To do so open the track in question hit the File menu and head to the Export option. For converting documents Compared with music and movie files documents seem relatively simple. But converting between document formats can be trickier because many of themthe Word document format from Microsoft the Pages document format from Apple and so onare proprietary. Because of its finicky format you should wherever possible try using a document native program to open it and convert it to something else. If you don have the right software to do so consider falling back on a web app. You can access basic versions of both Microsoft Office s and Apple iWork s online allowing you to use them from any browser for free. If you still need a dedicated tool we like the free Doxillion Document Converter Software (for Windows and macOS). It supports Word HTML PDF and othermon document formats. And it easy to use handling everything through a single one-screen interface. Hit the Add Files button to build a list of files then set your output options in the pane underneath. Finally the free online document converter FileZigZag canpetently handle a variety of file s including Microsoft Office formats and PDFs. Like Zamzar it makes you provide an email address in order to receive a download for the converted file. But other than that it straightforward and easy to use and you can run it from any browser window. Hoped this helped!