Format Factory is a free video, audio and image converter. With the help of the Format Factory program (as the name of this program is translated into Russian), you can convert various multimedia files, as well as perform other actions with video, audio and graphic files.
Any user, sooner or later, is faced with the need to convert video files to other formats. It happens that the user needs to change the format and other parameters of the video, or convert the video to another video format for viewing on another, most often, mobile device.
To encode video on your computer, you can use the Format Factory video converter. If you need to extract an audio track from a video file, you can do this using the FormatFactory program.
In the Format Factory program, it will also be possible to convert images to another format, and create a GIF image from a video. You can add a watermark to the image, start converting photos in batch mode.
The multifunctional program Format Factory has the following features:
- video conversion;
- audio conversion;
- conversion and image processing;
- support for mobile devices;
- convert DVD disc to other formats;
- creating DVDRip and converting Audio CD to audio;
- creating ISO, CSO images;
- conversion between ISO and CSO.
Format Factory supports the following video formats:
- MP4, AVI, 3GP, RMVB, WMV, MKV, MPG, VOB, MOV, FLV, SWF.
The following audio formats are supported:
- MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC, AAC, MMF, ARM, M4A, M4R, OGG, WAV, WavPack, MP2.
Image formats supported:
- JPG, PMG, ICO, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PCX, TGA.
You can download the Format Factory program to your computer from the official website of the Chinese manufacturer of this multimedia converter. Format Factory supports Russian.
Next, you can proceed to the process of installing the Format Factory program on the user’s computer.
Installing Format Factory
In the first window that opens, you will need to accept the license agreement. After that, in the next window, click on the “Install” button.
Then, in the window that opens, uncheck the boxes in order not to install third-party software. If Unchecky is installed on your computer, then offers to install third-party software on your computer will be automatically rejected.
Next, the process of installing the FormatFactory program on your computer will begin.
Then, in a new window, you will need to click on the “OK” button to install the necessary codecs.
Next, the installation wizard completes the installation of the program on your computer.
After the installation is completed, the main window of the Format Factory program will open.
In the main window of Format Factory, you can select options for using the program, which are displayed in the sections: “Video”, “Audio”, “Photo”, “ROM DeviceDVDCDISO”, “Advanced”. To open the corresponding section, you will need to click on the section name in the left part of the program window.
Now, let’s look at an example of the algorithm of actions in the Format Factory program when converting multimedia files. The procedure for working in the program in different sections will be the same.
Convert video to mobile format
In the “Video” section, you will need to select the desired format, or select a mobile device profile. To convert video for mobile devices, select “Mobile” formats.
Here you can select the desired mobile device. Mobile device profiles are sorted by their respective formats and device names. In each specific profile, there is a video resolution in the name of the profile or format. This makes it very easy to choose the right option for converting files.
It will be possible to leave the settings of the selected profile by default, or change it manually to the required parameters. To change the settings manually, you will need to click on the required parameter in the “Value” column, and then select a new parameter. Here you can manually configure the encoding settings.
After selecting a profile, click on the “OK” button. In the window that opens, click on the “Add file” button. With the help of small buttons in the left part of the program window, you can perform some actions with this file: delete the added file, clear the list, play the added video file, view information about this file.
If necessary, you can add a few more files to the program window, but they will be converted individually, to the selected format for each file.
If desired, it will be possible to activate the “Add name” item. In this case, information about the selected profile will be added to the name of the processed file.
Video files, by default, will be saved to the “FFOutput” folder, which is located on the “C” drive. Using the “Change” button, you can select any other folder on your computer.
You can also save the converted video file to the same folder as the original video. To do this, in the “Destination Folder” list, select the “Result to Source Folder” item.
If you want to convert not the entire video, but only a certain part of the video file, then you will need to click on the “Settings” button.
After that, the video editor window will open for viewing and selecting settings. In the “Set Range” section, you will need to use the “Start Time” and “End Time” buttons to select the start and end points of the video.
In the player window, you can start playing the video. By moving the slider along the scale, you can select the necessary points to save the desired fragment. At this time, you will see individual frames from this video in the player window.
After completing the settings, click on the “OK” button.
If necessary, you can change the profile for video conversion again using the “Configure” button. In this case, you will need to select a profile to encode this video into another format.
After completing all the settings, click on the “OK” button in this window.
The video files selected for converting will be added to the main window of the Format Factory program. By default, the program has the “Use Multi-Threads” mode enabled, in which files are encoded by several threads.
In this example, I have selected two video files with different conversion options.
You can also add files to the Format Factory program window using the mouse, drag and drop files.
To start the conversion process, you will need to click on the “Start” button.
Upon completion of the video processing, the program will warn about this with a sound signal (if this setting is not disabled), and will also display information about this in the notification area. In the line with the file name, a comparison of the size of the converted file with the original size will be displayed.
You can open the destination folder with the saved video by right-clicking on the desired file and selecting “Open Destination Folder” from the context menu.
Creating GIF animations in Format Factory
To create an animated GIF image, you will need to open the “Video” section. Click on the “GIF” button, and then in the “GIF” window, paste the video file that you need to convert into an animated image into this window.
If necessary, you can change the encoding settings if you use the “Settings” button to change the program’s default settings. Using the “Settings” button, you can select the desired fragment from this video file.
Next, click on the “OK” button, and then in the main program window on the “Start” button.
After the conversion is completed, you can open the created animation.
Extract audio from video in Format Factory
With the Format Factory program, you can extract audio from a video file. To do this, you will need to add a video file to the program window, then in the “Audio” section, you will need to select the desired audio format.
In this example, I added a video file in the MP4 format to the program window, and chose the MP3 audio format for conversion.
Next, click on the “OK” button.
Then, in the main window of the FormatFactory program, click on the “Start” button. In this way, you can convert several video files to audio format at once. The files will be converted in batch mode.
Converting Audio to Format Factory
Converting an audio file to another format occurs in the same way as described above when converting a video file to another format. You will need to select one or more audio files to convert them to another audio format.
You can also select only a fragment from an audio file to save after processing this fragment in a different format.
Converting Images to Format Factory
In the “Photo” section, you can change the properties of the image: resize, rotate the image, add a label, insert a watermark into the image.
In this way, you can process not only one image, but several photos at once, converting images in batch mode.
Other features of the Format Factory program
In “ROM DVDCDISO Device” section, you can convert DVD to video, Audio CD to files, convert DVD/CD to ISO/CSO, convert files between ISO and CSO formats.
When converting DVD video to video format, click on the “DVD to Video” button. In the “DVD to Video” window, select the DVD device: the drive on your computer where the DVD video disc is inserted, or the “VIDEO_TS” folder located on the local drive of your computer.
Next, select the format for saving the video. If necessary, you can change the encoding settings manually by clicking on the “Settings” button. After setting the necessary settings, click on the “Start” button.
Next, in the main window of the program, click on the “Start” button.
You will need to keep in mind that the DVD video conversion process will take a long time. Video processing time will depend on the power of your computer, and on the size of the original file.
Similarly, you can extract audio from Audio CDs by saving the audio files on your computer in the desired format, such as “MP3”.
In the Format Factory program, you can create an ISO image from a DVD disc. To do this, first insert a DVD disc into your computer drive, and then select a folder to save, and a format (ISO or CSO) to save the disc image. Then click on the “Start” button.
When converting ISO to CSO (compressed ISO), you will need to select the compression ratio for the image.
In the “Advanced” section, you can merge video files, merge audio files, rename media files, merge video with audio, get detailed information about multimedia file.
Using the “Combine Video” button, you will need to add video to the program window, select settings for converting, and then start the process of merging video files.
Similarly, the process of merging audio files takes place, which is launched using the Merge Audio button.
After clicking on the “Media File Info” button, the “Media File Info” window will open. You can select a specific media file (video, audio or image) on your computer and then view detailed information about that file.
Mixing in the Format Factory
In the “Mux” section (Mixing) you can add an audio track to the video file. In this way, it will be possible to replace the audio track in the video file.
To do this, first select a video file by adding a video in the “Video Stream” field, and then you will need to add an audio track in the “Audio Stream” field.
Select a format for saving the resulting file. Using the “Settings” button, you can cut off unnecessary fragments of added files by first selecting the desired file.
It will even be possible to add an audio track from another video file to the selected video. To do this, add in the “Audio stream” field the video file from which you want to extract the audio track into another video file.
If this video file already had an audio track, then after encoding, the old track will be replaced with a new audio track that you will add to this video.
For example, in this example, I combined video and audio from two different videos. As a result, it will be possible to see one performer on the video, while listening to a completely different one.
The free Format Factory program is a powerful video converter for a large number of supported formats. With the help of the Format Factory it will be possible to convert video, audio, images to other formats, combine video and audio files.