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Format Factory

Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter and DVD ripper.

  • Windows
Avg rating of 3.3 (15)| 27 comments

Format Factory Screenshots

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)
Screen Recorder window (Version 5.2.1)
Main user interface for version 1.7.0
Convert music CD to MP3,WMA,OGG,AAC... for an old version
Convert video DVD to MP4,3GP,AVI,WMV... for an old version
Main user interface for version 3.1.1
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Format Factory information

  • Developed byFree Time
  • LicensingProprietary and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.3 (15 ratings)
  • Alternatives265 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 27 comments and reviews about Format Factory, and it has gotten 217 likes

Format Factory was added to AlternativeTo by denizgur on and this page was last updated .

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KinLiHK
  
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Simple, fast, great UI! It supports many different kinds of conversions. You should give it a try.

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phantanlapit
  
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The software support many function for video, audio, pictures

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awmoore
  
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From the Installer Terms:

The installation package contains Baidu.com(Only Chinese User)and Ask.com Toolbar, If you uncheck installation options. They will not affect your computer.

On running the installer, MalwareBytes flagged "PUP.Optional.APNToolbar"

APN is "Ask Partner Network." More details from their site:

Part of IAC's Search & Applications division and a sister company to Ask.com, APN has been a leader in distributed search for a decade, bringing monetization solutions to software developers and helping our partners grow and engage with their traffic. We bring the industry's deepest experience, providing custom search integrations and user engagement tools and offering creative custom solutions to meet our partners' needs. No matter how unique a search requirement, we make it happen. And our capabilities don't stop at the desktop—we provide unique, high monetizing mobile solutions, too.

[Edited by awmoore, October 01]

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Weltall

I am just commenting here to say that it no more installs any crapware like that. I have Malwarebyte Antimalware Pro shield, that catches such things and there no such problem. The only thing you will get nad need to untick, is an offer to install Avast Free Antivirus.

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BarnMTB
  
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Be careful during setup, updates, and "Platinum features" or "Brightdata" Risk of turning your device into a VPN/Proxy nodes that are sold to marketing companies.

Other than bundling sponsored applications during installation & update setups, FormatFactory now ask you if you want to enable additional free premium "Platinum features" by allowing "Brightdata" to use your resources and internet bandwidth.

Platinum features from Brightdata will have a blue diamond with the letter "V" in it as a small icon on the top-left of the button.

This will allow Brightdata (ex. Luminati) to run in the background while FormatFactory is closed, and use your device's internet connection on behalf of companies who purchased Proxy/VPN from Brightdata.

If you have no idea how it may be used, Brightdata's customer can use your internet connection to do things like monitor how websites look from real residential users, or monitor prices on competing shopping sites without being detected that they're from a company (and thus being shown a different price). It may also be used for more nefarious purposes. Governing bodies will see that this data is coming out from your internet connection. So beware.

Upon inspection, FormatFactory still keeps communicating to Brightdata's service while its opened - even when the "Platinum features" powered by Brightdata is off. This is concerning.

If you're not sure if "Platinum features" is enabled: in the app, press the Option button, then Advanced. There should be Brightdata Platinum feature checkbox at the bottom of the window.

If you don't count this concerning new-ish update, FormatFactory still remains the best in class. No other converter apps, even paid ones, comes close in terms of wide range of supported formats, flexibility, ease of use, user-friendliness, and design.

It's super easy to use. Novice friendly. No command line. Can convert literally any format to any format, it can handle all the tasks. Has design that's nice & modern. (No open-source apps' design here e.g. dense small text & buttons, menu bars, shiny icons non-flat icons, hard to use, only works by context menu or command line. None of that in FormatFactory.)

Overall, it's good but is very worrying security & privacy wise. Until a comparable app come along, be careful on what it bundles with and read everything - don't just click "Yes".

If you want to build an alternative to this app, please don't just look at functionality - what sets FormatFactory apart is its novice-friendliness, ease of use, and modern design.

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WolframLiam
  
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It seemed fine, but recently it started asking for tracking information, or they lock stuff behind a wall. And my Malware protection instantly popped up multiple times after i agreed to it. I decided to uninstall and run scans.

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Perisc0
  
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It's clever format converter.

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abhi884
  
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Easily to use with screenrecorder

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Tags

  • CD Ripper
  • Screenshot Capture
  • encoder
  • join-videos
  • encoding
  • join-pdf
  • DVD Ripper

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  • BarnMTBBarnMTB reviewed Format Factory
    Be careful during setup, updates, and "Platinum features" or "Brightdata" Risk of turning your device into a VPN/Proxy nodes that are sold to marketing companies. Other than bundling sponsored applications during installation & update setups, FormatFactory now ask you if you want to enable additional free premium "Platinum features" by allowing "Brightdata" to use your resources and internet bandwidth. Platinum features from Brightdata will have a blue diamond with the letter "V" in it as a small icon on the top-left of the button. This will allow Brightdata (ex. Luminati) to run in the background while FormatFactory is closed, and use your device's internet connection on behalf of companies who purchased Proxy/VPN from Brightdata. If you have no idea how it may be used, Brightdata's customer can use your internet connection to do things like monitor how websites look from real residential users, or monitor prices on competing shopping sites without being detected that they're from a company (and thus being shown a different price). It may also be used for more nefarious purposes. Governing bodies will see that this data is coming out from your internet connection. So beware. Upon inspection, FormatFactory still keeps communicating to Brightdata's service while its opened - even when the "Platinum features" powered by Brightdata is off. This is concerning. If you're not sure if "Platinum features" is enabled: in the app, press the Option button, then Advanced. There should be Brightdata Platinum feature checkbox at the bottom of the window. If you don't count this concerning new-ish update, FormatFactory still remains the best in class. No other converter apps, even paid ones, comes close in terms of wide range of supported formats, flexibility, ease of use, user-friendliness, and design. It's super easy to use. Novice friendly. No command line. Can convert literally any format to any format, it can handle all the tasks. Has design that's nice & modern. (No open-source apps' design here e.g. dense small text & buttons, menu bars, shiny icons non-flat icons, hard to use, only works by context menu or command line. None of that in FormatFactory.) Overall, it's good but is very worrying security & privacy wise. Until a comparable app come along, be careful on what it bundles with and read everything - don't just click "Yes". If you want to build an alternative to this app, please don't just look at functionality - what sets FormatFactory apart is its novice-friendliness, ease of use, and modern design.
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  • Format Factory iconHandBrake iconBarnMTB Downvoted a comment on HandBrake as an alternative to Format Factory
    You can do the same things, works on Linux,Windows and Mac, it's open source and it's continuously improving!
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  • Format Factory iconHandBrake iconBarnMTB Upvoted a comment on HandBrake as an alternative to Format Factory
    it only converts to and from mp4 and mkv, is not useful for other formats.
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