Freemake Video Converter Reviews

Be careful during the installation

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StreamTrasport, like Freemake and many other programs, is good, but the installation contains other additional and optional softwares, even malware!

So read carefully any setup: deny, skip or uncheck all the other softwares the setup propose to install!

Sometimes these softwares are hidden in the "recommended installation", so always select the custom installation to choose what you want to install.

This advice is valid for all the installations, not only for StreamTrasport.

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Unfortunately this kind of installation policy is bad and very common, a black mark for good software.

I agree, it gives a very bad and shady impression to any software that uses it. It would be one thing to just have bundled offers and be honest about it. Ask me if I want to try this or that, and give me a clear Yes/No choice; why not? But all these efforts to hide the installation, be sneaky, and try to disguise the adware as an integral part of the software you actually want. Do they really think they can make money from someone that they trick into having the software installed? That just doesn't make sense and is definitely why the bundled offers already seem past their peak.

I understand that something has to pay the bills. But whenever I'm installing software like this, I feel like I'm on a warez website of the 90s. The link or button you want is always the smallest, unassuming, almost invisible one all the way at the bottom. Always click the thing first that you would click last in any other situation.

I suggest to install Small Unchecky iconUnchecky to avoid all the unwanted programs: it unchecks and deny all the other softwares the installer "propose".
In this way you can click next freely and install only the main program :)

Unchecky is a must-have program for all the Windows PCs!

Thanks for the tip, I'd not heard of Unchecky.

A good antivirus software like ESET should detect, advise and block it, my Smart Security detected and blocked all install tries.

[Edited by KeyJey, December 22]

Another way to avoid Opencandy, in an installer that contains it for sure, is run the exe with the parameter /NOCANDY.
Personally, I use Small RunWithParameters iconRunWithParameters to do this :)

I think a better way to deal with these malware installs is to not support the application or developer. I totally don't mind and like supporting devs by paying for applications, but won't use any that use these crapware installers.

During the installation of the the latest version 6.4.2 (b 212) for Mac you'll be offered to install additional software: Safefinder, Mackeeper for Mac & Booking.com. You can always "decline" it and install only Frostwire. But if you are like me and are used to click "continue" without reading the content, you're likely to end up installing software and malware you didn't wanted. So read carefully before clicking.
Safefinder seems to be malware and Mackeeper for Mac is questionable.

> I think a better way to deal with these malware installs is to not support the application or developer. I totally don't mind and like supporting devs by paying for applications, but won't use any that use these crapware installers.

while i understand the sentiment, more often than not, it's not the developer adding the crapware to the installers. For that dubious honor you can thank the sites that literally EVERYONE keeps going to. C/NET and Softpedia being the two biggest offenders that immediately come to mind

AND QUITE OFTEN I HAVE SEEN THE NORMAL no/uncheck REGIME BE OVERRIDDEN AND THUS INSTALLED ANYWAY

true, a few dev teams have tried the bundle route (even FireFox does it....) BUT most small apps have "teams" as small as a single geek who puts all his spare time into improving his "baby" to the detriment of looking after the "copyright security" of the useful utility kicking the tail of it's big bucks competition.

then, when he burns out, along comes the bundle demons.... they add their thirty pieces of silver snatching crap-jacket around the beautiful but sadly released as public domain software. not even open source is immune to the poison if they don't have the foresight to us a license that restricts the malware bundling .... (open source licensing only keeps other geeks safe, you need to know how to use a make-file in order avoid precompiled bundleware)

so, the only person you can blame is YOU !!!
boycott C/NET & SOFTPEDIA ... only AFTER their bundle money stops ALL THEIR AD INCOME (they both sell ads on site so don't even look until they stop bundle-ware)

> then, when he burns out, along comes the bundle demons.... they add their thirty pieces of silver snatching crap-jacket around the beautiful but sadly released as public domain software. not even open source is immune to the poison if they don't have the foresight to us a license that restricts the malware bundling .... (open source licensing only keeps other geeks safe, you need to know how to use a make-file in order avoid precompiled bundleware)

Quite often, not even the license helps to prevent this, because these download sites don't bolt their adware to the software you're trying to get itself, but to an installer that downloads the (clean) original file from their servers. So even if it's a closed-source, proprietary freeware, as long as they are granted rights to redistribute, they will try to get you to use their "download helper" instead of downloading directly through the browser, so they can take over your system…

@ qazwiz · Jul 2017
I agree with you about CNet completely (and their alias Downloads.com)
But in many years I have had only one "bad" download from "Softpedia"
They can't possibly be monitoring their 30,000? apps for sneak ware.

Recently I downloaded a Password reader from Softpedia, scanned it with VirusTotal, and I stupidly ignored the multiple threats identified by VT.
Wishful thinking on my part ... the download contained ransom ware.
Fortunately VoodoShield blocked the very persistent ransom. Faster than Bitdefender.
I used the Softpedia "advise us of updates" web-mail form, and within hours the crap program was taken down.
Considering the time differences between me and Softpedia, they were onto the problem very quickly (incl. an email back to me)
Softpedia do offer links to "developer" via the "External" link

I rarely download from Softpedia, but their blurbs, generally speaking, can be better than many developers and vendors.

The lesson is ... report bad downloads to the vendor (including AlternativesTo.net) AND homework/research/double-check

  • and if your still not sure search for the developer by name

[Edited by bawldiggle, October 15, corrections]

Yes, This happened to me once
Another way to avoid this is use the zip file instead of the installer.
It's also a good idea to share the program files so that you do not make the same mistake.

suggest me a better alternative, please.

Went from free to freemium

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Used to be a real free video converter, now it asks for money to remove its logo from the converted video and to deal with subtitles. Not a good choice anymore.

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Some quick thoughts.

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First of all, I want to say that it has not Opencandy anymore. My Comodo Antivirus did delete the installer, treating it as malware, but my Malwarebyte Antimalware Pro (which means active shield protection) found nothing. When installers even try to inject the Opencandy dll that it is needed for opencandy to work, my MBAM always blocks it. There was no such a thing with the installer though. Just make sure to untick the free offer. Amusingly enough, it just offered to install Avast Free antivirus, which already is the choice antivirus of many people. But there was absolutely no other offer, after I unticked that.

Now for some thoughts. I do not think Freemake Video converter is really worth it and that is for 3 reasons. First and most importantly, it adds a watermark on videos. That means your videos will get the following picture for 3 seconds, at the beginning and at the end of the video.

If you do not get the paid version, you get this.

Seconds reason is that the customization of conversion is lackluster. You get the basic customization, but it is very, very basic. Keep in mind when I say basic, I do not mean user friendly to help people that do not understand. If a person will dabble with the custom settings, he has to know what he is doing, but he just does not get many options.

Lastly, it will not utilize all your cores fully. It works very fast, cause it actually uses more than one thread when converts, but it will not use them all.

With all the above said, I suggest the other user friendly application Format Factory. It is very user friendly, it does not add any watermarks, it is much more customizable when it comes to output and it has many more codecs and premade profiles, where Freemake has only choice between codecs and no different quality profiles for them, to make it easier for simple users. But not only that, but it will utilize your CPU fully. If you convert a single video, your CPU will reach at around 95% usage (which I guess it does not go 100% to not make windows unresponsive if you do other things the same time) and if you convert multiple videos, it will share your threads amongst the videos, meaning if you have 4 threads, it will convert 4 videos at the same time.

The reason I am not suggesting Handbrake, is because it is more advanced and in my book it is not comparable to these two, since these are mostly directed to simple users.

As a sidenote, when you uninstall Freemake, I suggest to either use a program like Geek uninstaller or run a program like CCleaner, because it leaves behind a handful of it's folders and quite a lot registry entries.

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I had been using this for years, because it was one of the only converters I knew of that didn't insert a watermark, that is, until it pretty much forced me to download the new version. Also, now certain conversions require an "access key", and a "SIGN UP FOR PREMIUM" ad pops up when you try to close the program. Thanks but no thanks Freemake, you used to be cool, man.

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Back in the day I would of given this a much higher rating. It was great for converting video to different formats and converting audio from a video to MP3. With each update it got worse. It got slower. Converting video takes ages and now they want you to pay to convert audio if it's longer than 3mins. I don't recommend this software unless you want to pay. Its such shame. It should be called Paymake!

[Edited by theresasingh, May 06]

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Doesn’t Support MKV Format,Video and Audio Out of Sync and contain Bundleware

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Free is only by name, nothing more. It forces you ...

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Free, only by the name, nothing more. It asks you to buy the program to remove their "Freemake" logo when you convert a video.

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Spyware

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This program is filled with spyware. Luckily, my antiviral program noticed it and removed it. Beware!

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Freemake is very good, the problem is the installer because, as the most part of the setups, unfortunately, it uses Opencandy :(

I talked about the unwanted programs in all the installers in the post Be careful during the installation.
Take a look at it :)

Not Only Handy and Easy

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I just converted a DVD video with a subtitle and double audio tracks into MP4, I tried a few other pieces of software but they have different issues to do that. With this I successed and that was so easy! However the subtitle feature is not free, there is not a subtitle for my output video.

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One click youtube playlist download but beware of crapware

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This software works well! I copy pasted a link to a YouTube playlist that I had. A few questions and everything was downloaded. And very quickly!
Beware all the crapware that was attached to it.
There are at least 3 screens of crapware to disable during installation.
And they are labeled in a misleading way too!

All in all, despite the hurdles during installation it worked so well I donated them some money.

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Not bad!

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This software is not bad! Nice and sleeky.

But some formats don't work as well as in the DVDVideoSoft 3GP Video Converter.

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Subtitles are now a paying option from version 4

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Freemake is a great software, but since version 4, the default font for subtitles is very large. There is a "Subtitles pack" available which allows to customize the font size, but it is required to donate to download it, with a suggested amount of $9.99. Version 3.2.1 did use by default reasonable font sizes though.

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Excellent video downloader

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Freemake Video Converter is not only great to convert local video, it can also download online videos from a lot of sites, like Youtube, and convert them even in MP3 :) !

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Very easy

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Very easy for everyone.
For more settings, I'd advise Handbrake.

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