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Watch out for unwanted toolbars and browser hijacks, etc!!!

Comment by J5_JHallgren
about Freemake Video Converter · May 2013 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful

Just tried this software and during install, had to use CUSTOM install to prevent unwanted toolbars and browser hijacks, etc and then also select NO on another panel to block other undesired stuff!
Needs .NET 4.0 on Win XP which it will install if needed so vendor download is only a installer stub.

Seems to work ok thus far but wanted to caution others about being careful on install.

I can confirm that and also my Panda Antivirus detected 2 threats during installation.

If you run malwarebytes antimalware, it will clean anything residual this will add. I personally have the premium version and when the installer of this starts, it kills the opencandy installer. That makes the options to not even appear while installing, since the opencandy installer is quarantined as soon as it tries to start.

Keep in mind, the Opencandy does not start when the installer starts. The installer will first offer you a couple of software and after it will start downloading the actual software. When the download will finish, the opencandy installer will launch. Just to point out, opencandy is NOT dangerous, but they are annoying advertisements. Opencandy installer is there only to show you the offers. With that said, I hate opencandy and I hate how it leaves stuff in my pc, without making sure I want it, whilst.. >.> they can jump off a cliff.

For better or worse, Freemake suite offers really good and useful tools, even if it comes with opencandy. I just categorize it to the good tools with annoying installers. I have been using it for years and it works great, although the latest versions have nagging "buy the full version" screens.

If anything, I suggest to skip their "extra ads" installer and download their software from their offline installers page http://www.freemake.com/offline/offline_all/

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Comment by LAN
about Freemake Video Converter · Jul 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful

I've been a long-time user of Freemake Video Converter for both converting and downloading videos and music, but just upgraded to the latest version (4.1.10) and found out that downloading URLs now requires a paid pack! Don't update!

[Edited by LAN, August 07]
Found a link to an offline installer of an older version.

Thank you !!! I agree, I upgarde to 4.1.10 and now it takes age to convert a video compare to my previous version. Obvously, we can have a faster conversion by switching to the paid version.... I can understand the logo at the beginning of the video for a the free version and some options not available but have to wait 35 minute for a conversion that took less than 5 minutes in the previous version is a no go for me. Thank you for the old version link.

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video and audio out of sync

Comment by nelsonleo
about Freemake Video Converter · May 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

Just downloaded freemake. Simple to instal and looks very uncomplicated. Conversion worked but audio and video are violently out of sync. Tried output to AVI and also MP4. It seems the video is converting at a much slower rate than the audio resulting in the non-sync. The audio finishes 8-10 seconds before the video on a one-and-a-half minute clip. What am I doing wrong? I used to convert video with a free web-based application called Acethinker Video Converter, never had that problem.

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MKV no longer supported

Comment by Jez2k
about Freemake Video Converter · Nov 2016 · Helpful Not helpful

I downloaded the latest version after several months of waiting for an update, since the previous version wouldn't work on my PC.

What prompted me to check for an update was that I had downloaded the original Japanese version of Transformers Car Robots with Karyuudo's FanSubs in MKV format. Despite the subtitles being embedded in the MKV files, they would not display in Windows Media Player but did display in VLC. However, I wanted to convert these files to AVI so that I could play them on my DVD player which is capable of playing AVI files, and hopefully the converted files would display the subtitiles.

Unfortunately, the latest version of Freemake Video Converter no longer supports MKV files :(

[Edited by Jez2k, November 27]

UPDATE
After trying the various alternatives listed on this site, the only one that does what I want it to is XMedia Recode.

I just want to point out that it might not be the case. It can be that your system likes codecs needs for the MKV, like for example having K-Lite codec pack. MKV is just a container. The video inside the MKV can be encoded in many different ways, so it probably could not work with it, because it was something obvscure, like it could be an H265. I just tried with some MKV I had and worked fine.

I do indeed have the K-Lite codec pack. The Freemake Video Converter does not have an MKV button to click anymore. It has been removed in the newest version.

When I commented that, I did cause I was actually testing it. Here, let me install it again a moment.

https://imgur.com/a/pnAfG

As you can see it does have MKV amongst options and it converts to it normally.

I just updated to the latest version 4.1.10.5 and now it adds watermarks to converted videos, unless I pay for removing of "branding". Sadly, this piece of software has gone from free app to "freemium". Gonna ditch this.

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