Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Convert wmv to mp4 for free

When you look around for solutions to this problem, you are usually met with either paid software, or free software bundled with spyware. When all along, there has been ffmpeg, an application that will convert most formats, and is freely available with a big community, and no spyware.

To convert an wmv to an mp4, heres what you need to do:

For Windows:

Download the ffmpeg application here:

http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/ (pick 32 or 64 bit as required)

If you dont have 7zip, download it here 

http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

and install it.

Now extract the ffmpeg 7zip file. Now navigate in to the extracted directory and see a file called:

ff-prompt.bat

double click it to open the ffmpeg command prompt. With the command prompt open, type this command and press enter to begin the conversion:

ffmpeg -i c:\pathToInput.wmv -f mp4 -s 500x400 -strict -2  c:\pathToOutput.mp4

For Linux, do:

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

open terminal, and run command:

ffmpeg -i /pathToInput.wmv -f mp4 -s 500x400 -strict -2  /pathToOutput.mp4