[Windows] Convert videos to MKV or MP4 formats with just one click using EasyBrake

While there is no lack of free video converters that can convert videos into multiple formats, almost all of them require you to configure the output before they can start converting the video. For those who are not interested in such detailed configuration of their converted videos and would like to speed up the conversion process, EasyBrake is the tool to use.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

EasyBrake is a free and portable video converter that can convert your videos into MP4 or MKV format without the need for entering any output configuration. In fact, EasyBrake automatically detects the most optimized output video settings based on your input video.

EasyBrake makes use of the open source HandBrake engine, so it provides the same high-level of conversion quality that HandBrake provides.

Pros

  • Convert videos into MP4 or MKV format with just one click
  • Automatically determines optimal output audio and video settings
  • Choose preset profiles for Apple or Android devices
  • Allows creation of a one-minute sample to test the quality of the output
  • Accepts various input formats including 3GP, AVI, FLV, M2T, M2TS, MKV, MP4, QT, WTV, etc.
  • Supports 2-pass encoding
  • Is portable

Cons

  • Can only convert to MP4 or MKV formats — other output video formats are not supported
  • Doesn’t support batch processing

Discussion

Once you download and extract EasyBrake, the simplest and quickest way to convert a video is to click on the Open a File button (which looks like a Windows Shutdown or Stand By button) and selecting the video. A console window opens up as soon as you select a video, which calculates the optimum output settings for the video and starts converting it.

As the default choice, the program converts videos into MKV format and automatically determines the output configuration. However you can choose a different output format (MP4 is the only other option) and output settings by clicking on the Open Settings Panel button near the top-right corner. From here you can choose either the MKV or MP4 output format, change the video and audio bitrate, resize the video width, choose the audio codec, select the default subtitle language, etc.

If you plan on putting your converted video on a specific electronic device, you can select different output profiles depending on what device you want to watch the video on. The available options are Apple iDevices and Apple TV, Android, or PC high or normal profiles. Depending on the profile selected, the program uses the parameters for the next video conversion.

Conclusion and Download Link

EasyBrake is a useful tool for those who do not want to be bothered about the different output configurations when converting a video. However, the lack of output formats other than MKV or MP4 means that it might not be ideal for people who want more conversion options.

Price: Free

Version Reviewed: v0.9.9.5

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Download Size: 10 MB

VirusTotal Malware Scan Results: 0/44

Portability: Portable, no installation required

EasyBrake Converter download page

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9 comments

  1. Eric989

    Haven’t tried this one yet but I like that it is portable and based on handbrake. So far my favorite handbrake based converter is VidCoder. It is very customizeable but it too is stuck to mkv and mp4. It is a bit advanced but I love that almost every setting has a tooltip that explains what it does and the speed vs quality benefits.
    @tonyo: MediaCoder can convert anything to anything but it is ultra advanced and it is easy to get lost in the settings. It is ultra high quality as far as high quality in a small file size. In my opinion its combination of x264 video with nero aac optimal profile is unmatched. There are device specific versions of it that are supposed to be easier to use but I have never tried them.
    TEncoder seems pretty nice but I haven’t reached a full conclusion on it yet. There is a portable version and it is pretty full featured but still easy to use.
    AviDemux is a good converter but its main function is to losslessly split and merge video files but it can also losslessly convert one container to another (like mp4 to avi). This would be great to get the videos into a format for your xbox. There appears to be a portable zip version now.
    Video to Video Converter was previously reviewed here. It is portable and is an excellent combination of high quality with ease and speed.
    Hope this helps.

  2. mukhi

    handbrake in portable format? i would take it, cheers.
    “Can only convert to MP4 or MKV formats — other output video formats are not supported”
    – not a problem, really. with today’s advanced codec/container, MKV is perfect choice for playback in computers and standalone media devices since it can hold multiple sub/chapter/audio. if you want the file to be mobile compatible, go for MP4. everything else is trivial.

  3. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @AT: As stated under “Main Functionality” above:

    EasyBrake makes use of the open source HandBrake engine, so it provides the same high-level of conversion quality that HandBrake provides.

    :-P