Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows NT
Format Factory is a free application used for converting most audio, video and image files to another format. It provides a simplistic UI that is easy to navigate, and it offers MP4 file support for use on the iPod, iPhone, PSP and Blackberry. In addition, Format Factory supports RMVB and AV Mux, and it rips DVDs and CDs to video and audio files. As well as popular audio-video formats, Format Factory supports JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF, ICO, GIF and TGA image files. Not only does it reduce multimedia file size, but it also repairs damaged audio and video files for smoother playback on all devices.
Format Factory supports 60 languages and works on all Windows operating systems. Unfortunately, it does not work across Mac OS X or Linux systems; however, it may work in Parallels and Wine. Just some of the audio files that Format Factory supports are MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC and WAV. Video formats include MP4, FLV, WMV, MPG and SWF. Quality and output settings are available upon adding a file, and users can stop, pause and start the conversion process at any time using the buttons across the top menu bar.
Format Factory gives users the option to convert single files or entire folders. It includes the necessary codecs in the program, so it encodes and plays almost every known format. However, unlike some apps that search and download a codec when it's necessary, the user must manually find the appropriate codec online. Format Factory also tries to install an eBay shortcut upon installation, which some users may find annoying. However, Format Factory still offers a free alternative to pay-to-use video conversion software, such as MyVideoConverter. Because it provides full support for most audio, video and image files, Format Factory offers an all-in-one solution for media conversion tasks.