[Windows] Use Freemake Video Converter to easily cut (aka trim), join, rotate, or flip videos [Tip]

2013-02-09_005703Freemake Video Converter is an excellent program for converting audio and video files into other formats; it supports almost every input and output format you can imagine. Did you know it can also double as a program to cut, join, rotate, or flip your videos? Yep, it is true… and in this article we will show you how to make use of those features.

WHAT FORMATS DOES IT SUPPORT?

Freemake Video Converter can cut/trim, join, or rotate any of the following video formats (aka these are supported input formats):

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HOW TO CUT OR TRIM VIDEOS

Using Freemake Video Converter to cut/trim is very, very easy. All you have to do is:

  • Input the video you want to cut
  • Click the scissor icon for the video (it will be towards the right)
  • Pick the portion of the video you want to keep by setting the start and end points of selection, then press OK to exit out of the editor
  • Select an output format and convert
  • Done!

The following is a short demo showing this process in action:

The best part? You can cut in batch. In other words, you can load multiple videos together, cut them all, then have Freemake process them one after another. The bad part? Freemake does not have the ability to cut without re-encoding; when you output your videos, they will be re-encoded regardless of which output format you select.

HOW TO JOIN VIDEOS

Joining videos is just as easy as cutting them. All you have to do is:

  • Input all the videos you want to join together
  • Click the ‘Join files’ toggle (located near the top-right corner) from ‘OFF’ to ‘ON’
  • Rearrange the input videos in the order you want them to be joined (you can do this by click + dragging)
  • Select an output format and convert
  • Done!

The following is a short demo showing this process in action:

The good part? Your input videos can be whatever you want; they can all be the same format, or they can all be different — it doesn’t matter, they will be joined nonetheless. The bad part? Batch processing is not supported (i.e. you can only do one join at a time) and there is no non re-encoding capabilities.

HOW TO ROTATE OR FLIP VIDEOS

Rotating videos is also very easy. All you have to do is:

  • Input the video you want to rotate
  • Click the scissor icon for the video (it will be towards the right)
  • Click the two rotate buttons (rotate 90 degress clockwise or counter-clockwise), as desired
  • Click the two flip buttons (flip horizontally or flip vertically), as desired
  • Click OK to get out of the editor
  • Select an output format and convert
  • Done!

The following is a short demo showing the rotate process in action:

The best part? You can rotate or flip in batch. In other words, you can load multiple videos together, flip/rotate them all, then have Freemake process them one after another. The bad part? Freemake does not have the ability to rotate or flip without re-encoding; when you output your videos, they will be re-encoded regardless of which output format you select.

WATCH OUT FOR CRAPWARE

Before I give you the download link to Freemake Video Converter, let me warn you that Freemake Video Converter comes bundled with quite a bit of crapware. During installation I was offered two third-party programs and a plugin for Chrome/Firefox. Be sure to opt out of this crapware if you don’t want it (and, trust me, you probably won’t want it); be watchful for the boxes you must uncheck, especially the one about the plugin — you can to select ‘Custom installation’ before you can uncheck that one.

On a similar note, during installation (the first screen) there will be a pre-checked box that allows Freemake Video Converter to send “anonymouse usage and crash reports” to Freemake. Uncheck this box if you don’t want that happening.

On yet another similar note, the program has in-program advertising, too.

Lastly, note Freemake Video Converter that you download from the official homepage is actually not the installer itself; it is a downloader that offers you crapware and then downloads the Freemake Video Converter. The downloader is 1.2MB while the installer for Freemake Video Converter is roughly 25MB. You can avoid the downloader by downloading Freemake Video Converter from Softpedia, but even the download from Softpedia has the crapware.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

I’m sure you knew about Freemake Video Converter before. However, you may not have known about its ability to cut, trim, rotate, and flip videos. But now you know, because its Ashraf’s super short show. (Two points for whoever can identify where that line is from.)

Hit up the links below to download Freemake Video Converter.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 3.2.1.5

Supported OS: Windows XP and higher

Download size: About 25 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/45

Is it portable? No

Freemake Video Converter homepage [Softpedia download page]

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10 comments

  1. FilePop

    I’ve been using Freemake for years and have seen the progression they have made with it. A very good software but the crapware is what keeps it going. I have a team that has developed a similar software called FilePop, we have a free verison with no crapware. It just free and that’s it. :) If you want to review it here on dottech that would be great, we even have a Platinum verison with many bells & whistles. The free version is here: http://www.burnworld.net/filepop-free-video-converter.htm

  2. Buckley

    @Buckley:
    FVC response: “To open the files use please some unarchiver. E.g. 7z. It’s free. After you see the Video_ts folder you can add the content from it to our software.” Used WinRAR and accomplished what I wanted. Timely and accurate support for a free product is rather remarkable.

  3. Buckley

    @Ashraf:
    The backup ISO was produced with DVD Shrink 3.2 which implies it was decrypted. Although Freemake VC can produce ISOs, I don’t think it can read them so sent a support request to Freemake tech support to confirm this. What I’ve found most useful about it is that it enables DVD+RW extraction.

  4. Peeze

    @Ashraf: The output settings were equal to the input, i.e. 1920x1080p etc. At home I normally use Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate which imo is faster. And the latest version faster than ever before. Maybe I didn’t need a 2-pass to get a good result. But why give the choice if there isn’t a difference? And who would choose an inferior result, which is implied when not choosing a 2-pass?
    BTW, I downloaded and installed this app on my computer and it wouldn’t run. Ran dotNetFx40_Client_setup.exe (as suggested on the website) and rebooted – to no avail. Have sent the vendor an email. I’m using win7 x64 pro.

  5. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Anonimous: Ditto.
    @Buckley: I believe this cannot pass DRM protection, so that could explain the issue you have
    @Peeze: You did 2-pass so essentially the conversion would have taken 2 hours. What were the output settings of your files? The more high-quality output files, the longer it takes. In my experience, Freemake is as fast (or as slow) as others.

  6. Peeze

    I happened – in an ‘emergency’ away from home – to download and use this app the other day to convert mp4 files into wmv (ugh! – but I had to). My experience is that the app is working all right, but is very slow (at least regarding the converting I did). It took 4 hours to convert 11 mp4 files of a total of 1.98 GB. I consider that slow. The result was excellent though. I used the 2-pass option to get the best result. I wouldn’t download this app for converting purposes, but maybe the other features are worth a download. Finally: Softpedia is well-known and trustworthy. And I take it that you always look out for ‘additional installation’. I don’t consider that to be a major problem. ‘Just say no!’. :)