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Adobe Media Encoder Alternatives

As with most other Adobe software, Media Encoder CC is not available for free. That being said, there are plenty of free alternatives available on all three major desktop operating systems (as well as the Google Play Store and the web). For many of you, these free alternatives to Media Encoder CC may very well be able to get the job done for various tasks, such as ripping and encoding your personal Blu-ray collection or synchronizing separate audio and video tracks.

Adobe Media Encoder alternatives are mainly Video Converters but may also be Audio Converters or Disc Burners. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Media Encoder.
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  1. HandBrake icon

    HandBrake

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Xfce
    183 alternatives to HandBrake 

    HandBrake is an open-source, multithreaded video transcoder – it compresses and converts digital media from one format to another. HandBrake can rip encrypted DVDs with libdvdcss (libdvdcss is installed with VLC media player on macOS, or AnyDVD/DVD 43 on Windows).

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    1.  Ad-freeHandBrake doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Dark ModeHandBrake supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Support for scriptingHandBrake supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in HandBrake without registration.
    5.  Command line interfaceHandBrake either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    Main UI (Windows)
    Transcoding a Bluray rip: before and after
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    HandBrake vs Adobe Media Encoder opinions
    Almost everyone thinks HandBrake is a great alternative to Adobe Media Encoder.
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    HandBrake seems to only be able to encode into MPEG, H264, H265 formats. Adobe Media Encoder can convert into dozens of formats and codecs like Apple ProRes, GIFs, various AVI codes, MJPEG and many many more.

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  2. FFmpeg icon

    FFmpeg

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    58 alternatives to FFmpeg 

    FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and machines have created. It supports the most obscure ancient formats up to the cutting edge.

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    1.  Command line interfaceFFmpeg either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    2.  LightweightFFmpeg consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    FFmpeg vs Adobe Media Encoder opinions
    Almost everyone thinks FFmpeg is a great alternative to Adobe Media Encoder.
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    Has a large library of codec and containers to convert your files.

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    The output file can not be over 30fps...

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  3. Avidemux icon

    Avidemux

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    128 alternatives to Avidemux 

    Free and simple video editor that supports a variety of file types and automated tasks. SIMPLE video editor, dedicated for ONE video at a time. NOT for multi video editing/montage.

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    1.  PortableAvidemux can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenAvidemux supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    3.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Avidemux, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Bitrate/size calculator
    Avidemux vs Adobe Media Encoder opinions
    Most users think Avidemux is a great alternative to Adobe Media Encoder.
    Guest

    Infinitely more configurable than HandBrake, but with great power comes greater complexity.

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  4. File Converter icon

    File Converter

    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
    251 alternatives to File Converter 

    File Converter is a very simple tool which allows you to convert and compress one or several file(s) using the context menu in Windows Explorer.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionFile Converter can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    2.  PortableFile Converter can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Works OfflineFile Converter can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    last update 2017

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  5. fre:ac icon

    fre:ac

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    • PortableApps.com
    • Wine
    105 alternatives to fre:ac 

    fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various formats and codecs. It will convert between MP3, MP4/M4A, FLAC, Vorbis, Opus, AAC, WAV, WMA and other formats.

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    1.  Portablefre:ac can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Main window converting FLAC files to MP3
    Dark mode is supported since fre:ac 1.1


  6. XMedia Recode icon

    XMedia Recode

    • Windows
    108 alternatives to XMedia Recode 

    XMedia Recode can convert nearly all popular audio and video formats including 3GP, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AC3, AMR, ASF, AVI, AVISynth, DVD, FLAC, FLV, H.261, H.263, H.264, M4A , M1V, M2V, M4V, Matroska (MKV), MMF, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, TS, TRP, MP2, MP3, MP4, MP4V, MOV, OGG, PSP...

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  7. Format Factory icon

    Format Factory

    • Windows
    265 alternatives to Format Factory 

    Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter and DVD ripper. Its features include:

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    Main user interface for version 4.0.0
    "Convert to MP4" window when the "MP4" button on the side is chosen. (Version 5.2.1)
  8. VidCoder icon

    VidCoder

    • Windows
    • Windows S
    114 alternatives to VidCoder 

    VidCoder is a DVD/Blu-ray ripping and video transcoding application for Windows. It uses HandBrake as its encoding engine.

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  9. Shutter Encoder icon

    Shutter Encoder

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    • Linux
    171 alternatives to Shutter Encoder 

    Open source software without any restriction - converter all formats video|audio|image professionnals codecs and standards - swiss knife tool Windows and OSX.

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    1.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Shutter Encoder without registration.
    2.  LightweightShutter Encoder consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  PortableShutter Encoder can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  10. Freemake Video Converter icon

    Freemake Video Converter

    • Windows
    327 alternatives to Freemake Video Converter 

    Freemake Video Converter is video converter that lets convert videos to avi, wmv, mp4 (iPhone, iPod, iPad, PSP, xBox), 3gp, rip dvd, extract mp3, burn DVD and Bluray, create photo slideshow and audio visualization, cut, join, rotate and upload videos, photos and music to YouTube.

    Bundleware

    The installer contains OpenCandy. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/

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    Cant render After Effects compositions

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