A video converter is a handy piece of software to have on hand for anyone who deals with various file formats on a regular basis. Whether you want to be able to hear your favorite music on the go, transfer YouTube documentaries so that you can listen to them on your long commute to work, or you’d like to be able to save specific moments from special occasions in still-shot form, you need one.

Here are the five best tools for any video conversion 2017 has to offer:

Any Video Converter Free

Whether you’d like to be able to convert your videos online or offline, Any Video Converter Free will be able to handle whatever you want to throw at it. You see, a big downside to a lot of converters is that they only work with MP4 (aka YouTube) files. Perhaps you’d prefer to convert a video from Facebook or Metacafe instead – with Any Video Converter Free, you can. It even gives you the opportunity to rip CDs and DVDs if you’d like.

Oh, and it won’t cost you anything which is always a huge plus. Get it here.

MediaCoder

Sometimes, the file you want to convert is in some ancient format that hasn’t been used well over a decade. If this is the case for you, the average video converter likely isn’t going to be able to do what you need it to; enter MediaCoder – This converter is not only able to convert to new formats without losing your data, it also does it with exceptional speed.

The interface is definitely geared towards advanced users, but since it comes equipped with handy wizards that can guide you through everything until you get your bearings, beginners should be able to learn the ropes in no time at all. If you’d like to check and see if MediaCoder can handle everything you need it for.

If you’re into streaming directly from the internet, we recommend Kodi as a go-to application. Kodi is the best app for video streaming due to its huge addon library and we compiled a list with Kodi’s best addons to ease you into streaming.

Free HD Video Converter Factory

This software prides itself on being super simple to navigate and get the hang of. In fact, Free HD Video Converter factory is so certain that anyone can get the hang of how things work that their guide to getting started is only ten seconds long! If you’re a more advanced user, you might be concerned that something so simple won’t have what you need; that’s not necessarily the case – Though you can learn to convert in no time at all, there are also a ton of included features that give you the opportunity to customize the conversion to suit your needs.

Check it out here.

Freemake Video Converter

Freemake is fairly well known for putting out software that’s easy to navigate for beginners but has enough options to also make its more advanced users happy as well; their video conversion tool is no exception. It can handle files on and/or offline, includes some handy editing tools for folks that really want to make their videos shine, and even lets you add (or remove) audio to a DVD if you’d like.

Download it here (note: If you choose to download this program, play close attention on the installation or you’ll end up with some tools that you don’t necessarily want or need).

Handbrake

This software is fairly well known among Mac users, but the same can’t really be said for Windows. Nevertheless – and despite that it hasn’t even reached version 1.0 in Windows yet – it’s being included in this list because it has incredible functionality and is just as perfect for someone who works on multiple OS platforms as it is for someone who’s completely dedicated to one. Though it seems to be aimed toward more advanced users, a patient beginner should be able to learn how it works fairly quickly.

There are plenty of presets that give you the opportunity to convert quickly and efficiently, but there are also a ton of features that you can customize to meet your own individual needs. It’s available for Windows, Linux, and Mac and you can get it here.

What software do you use to convert your videos? If it’s not on this list, should it be and why?