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.

    This page was last updated Sep 22, 2021

    1. 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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      HandBrake vs Adobe Media Encoder opinions
      Almost everyone thinks HandBrake is a great alternative to Adobe Media Encoder.
      Nixellion 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.
      Negative comment 29 days ago

    2. FFmpeg is an open source project that develops libraries and programs for handling multimedia data. FFmpeg is the home to libavcodec, a codec library used by a large spectrum of programs, and libavformat, a mux and demux library for containers.
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      FFmpeg vs Adobe Media Encoder opinions
      Almost everyone thinks FFmpeg is a great alternative to Adobe Media Encoder.
      Has a large library of codec and containers to convert your files.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      The output file can not be over 30fps...
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago


    3. Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting.
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      Avidemux vs Adobe Media Encoder opinions
      Most users think Avidemux is a great alternative to Adobe Media Encoder.
      Infinitely more configurable than HandBrake, but with great power comes greater complexity.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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.
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    7. Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter and DVD ripper.


      Be careful during the installation: Forum

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    8. 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. 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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    10. 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.


      The installer contains OpenCandy. Be careful during the installation: Forum

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      Freemake Video Converter vs Adobe Media Encoder opinions
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      Cant render After Effects compositions
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

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