Amd Video Converter Formats For Essays

Converting video is nowhere near as complex a task as video editing, but many people will be put off doing it because of the mistaken belief that you need a complicated and expensive video editor is needed. In fact, some of the best video converters are completely free to download, and can handle a huge array of file formats.

There are many reasons why you might want a free video converter. You might want to play a particular video on a device that has limited storage and there need to reduce the size of the file.

You might want to keep your entire video collection in the same format, but have a few rogue entries messing up your system. Or you might want to change a video recorded in a strange format on your phone into something that is more easily shared with others.

With that in mind, here's our pick of the best free video converters.

1. Any Video Converter Free

Free and fast conversion for videos from your PC or the web

Converts videos hosted online

Bonus filters and effects

Excellent format support

When it comes to the number of supported file formats, Any Video Converter Free certainly doesn't disappoint.

It handles online as well as offline files, meaning that if you like the look of some videos on YouTube, you can quickly and easily convert them into a format suitable for offline viewing on your mobile without worrying about your data allowance.

More than just YouTube, you can also download and convert videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Metacafe and more, and Any Video Converter Free also features the option to rip audio from CDS and DVDs.

You'll find support for all of the video formats you can shake a stick at, including ready made profiles for different devices, and editing options such as trimming, cropping and rotating allow for basic cleanup tasks. If you want to get creative, you can experiment with video effects to achieve a unique look as well.

2. Freemake Video Converter

Quick, flexible and easy to use – the best free video converter

Excellent format support

Built-in editing tools

Converts videos hosted online

Freemake has built up something of a name for itself for producing powerful yet easy to use software, and making it available free of charge. Freemake Video Converter is no exception, continuing the company's enviable track record.

The free video converter can not only convert files from your hard drive to almost any format, it can also be used to download and convert online videos from the likes of YouTube.

With simple editing tools to trim unwanted footage, the ability to add subtitles, and convert to and from DVD, Freemake Video Converter has all of your everyday conversion needs covered – and more.

When you first install Freemake Video Converter, some features (including converting YouTube videos) will be locked. After three days you'll receive a free Web Pack as a gift, which will lift this restriction. Look out for a notification in the System Tray telling you when the Web Pack is available.

3. Free HD Video Converter Factory

Video conversion and editing in one convenient free package

Takes seconds to master

Built-in editing tools

Ready-made device profiles

Free HD Video Converter Factory prides itself on being so easy to use that its website features a 10-second guide to getting started. This might seem like an exaggeration, but it's actually true. You can drag and drop a video onto the program interface, or use the selection menu, select the format or destination device and hit the Run button. That really is all there is to it.

You'll be pleased to know that the software's convenience doesn't come at the expense of features. While you can start the conversion process in a matter of seconds, you may wish to spend a little more time customizing the output.

Cutting, cropping and impressive special effects are all on hand to give your videos the look you want, and the way destination formats are presented is highly intuitive.

Beginners can select a profile tailored to a specific playback device, while more advanced users can make a manual selection and customize things further.

4. HandBrake

A powerful media converter for Windows, Linux and macOS

Advanced control options

Quick presets

Excellent format support

Utilitarian design

HandBrake is a free video converter that's well known to Mac users, but less famous in the world of Windows. It is worth noting that this is still something of an experimental program and it hasn't even reached version 1.0 in its Windows incarnation, but that doesn't mean it should be overlooked.

Available for Mac, Windows and Linux, Handbrake is a great choice for anyone who works on multiple platforms, but is also great for anyone who is dedicated to Windows. 

A slight word of warning: the other programs featured in this roundup have very approachable interfaces, but the same cannot really be said of HandBrake. The program is powerful, but utilitarian.

There are a lot of features that allow for precise control of video conversion, including cropping, advanced filtering and frame rate adjustment, as well as presets for those who just want quick results. Handbrake may take a while to get used to, but the output is worth it.

Earlier this year the Mac version of HandBrake was compromised with malware, but the software is now secure and safe to download.

5. Free Video Converter

Easy for new users to grasp, with handy batch video conversion

Batch conversion

Clear interface

Converted videos are watermarked

DVDVideoSoft is known for its superb free media software that performs exactly as advertised, and Free Video Converter is no exception. Its interface is clean and uncluttered, and it can convert batches of videos with ease.

Free Video Converter has a small set of output options (MP4, AVI, MPEG and MP3 are available, plus an option optimized for iOS devices), but that might be plenty if you're not used to working with video files, and the likes of Handbrake or MediaCoder look excessively complicated.

There's a choice of quality settings, and you can merge several clips into a single file while they're converted.

It's a shame that videos converted with Free Video Converter are watermarked. The mark isn't terribly intrusive, but it prevents this otherwise excellent software ranking higher in this list.

Video Coding Engine[1] (VCE, sometimes incorrectly referred to as Video Codec Engine[2]) is AMD'svideo encodingASIC implementing the video codecH.264/MPEG-4 AVC. Since 2012 it is integrated into all of their GPUs and APUs except Oland.

Video Coding Engine was introduced with the Radeon HD 7900 on 22 December 2011.[3][4][5] VCE occupies a considerable amount of the die surface and is not to be confused with AMD's Unified Video Decoder (UVD).


The handling of video data involves computation of data compression algorithms and possibly of video processing algorithms. As the template Compression methods shows, lossy video compression algorithms involve the steps: Motion estimation (ME), Discrete cosine transform (DCT), and entropy encoding (EC).

AMD Video Coding Engine (VCE) is a full hardware implementation of the video codec H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. The ASIC is capable of delivering 1080p at 60 frames/sec. Because its entropy encoding block is also a separately accessible Video Codec Engine, it can be operated in two modes: full-fixed mode and hybrid mode.[2][6]

By employing AMD APP SDK, available for Linux and Microsoft Windows, developers can create hybrid encoders that pair custom motion estimation, inverse discrete cosine transform and motion compensation with the hardware entropy encoding to achieve faster than real-time encoding. In hybrid mode, only the entropy encoding block of the VCE unit is used, while the remaining computation is offloaded to the 3D engine (GCN) of the GPU, so the computing scales with the number of available compute units (CUs).

VCE 1.0[edit]

Version 1.0 supports H.264 YUV420 (I & P frames), H.264 SVC Temporal Encode VCE, and Display Encode Mode (DEM).

It can be found on

  • Piledriver-based
    • Trinity APUs (Ax-5xxx, e.g. A10-5800K)
    • Richland APUs (Ax-6xxx, e.g. A10-6800K)
  • GPUs of the Southern Islands generation (GCN1: CAYMAN, ARUBA (Trinity/Richland), CAPE VERDE, PITCAIRN, TAHITI). These are
    • Radeon HD 7700 series (except HD 7790 with VCE 2.0)
    • Radeon HD 7800 series
    • Radeon HD 7900 series
    • Radeon HD 8570 to 8990 (except HD 8770 with VCE 2.0)
    • Radeon R7 250E, 250X, 265 / R9 270, 270X, 280, 280X
    • Radeon R7 360, 370, 455 / R9 370, 370X
    • Mobile Radeon HD 77x0M to HD 7970M
    • Mobile Radeon HD 8000-Series
    • Mobile Radeon Rx M2xx Series (except R9 M280X with VCE 2.0 and R9 M295X with VCE 3.0)
    • Mobile Radeon R5 M330 to R9 M390
    • FirePro cards with 1st Generation GCN (GCN1)

VCE 2.0[edit]

Compared to the first version, VCE 2.0 adds H.264 YUV444 (I-Frames), B-frames for H.264 YUV420, and improvements to the DEM (Display Encode Mode), which results in a better encoding quality.

It can be found on

  • Steamroller-based
    • Kaveri APUs (Ax-7xxx, e.g. A10-7850K)
    • Godavari APUs (Ax-7xxx, e.g. A10-7890K)
  • Jaguar-based
    • Kabini APUs (e.g. Athlon 5350, Sempron 2650)
    • Temash APUs (e.g. A6-1450, A4-1200)
  • Puma-based
  • GPUs of the Sea Islands generation as well Bonaire or Hawaii GPUs (2nd Generation Graphics Core Next), such as
    • Radeon HD 7790, 8770
    • Radeon R7 260, 260X / R9 290, 290X, 295X2
    • Radeon R7 360 / R9 390, 390X
    • Mobile Radeon R9 M280X
    • Mobile Radeon R9 M385, M385X
    • Mobile Radeon R9 M470, M470X
    • FirePro cards with 2nd Generation GCN (GCN2)

VCE 3.0[edit]

Video Coding Engine 3.0 (VCE 3.0) technology features a new high-quality video scaling.,[7] and will also support for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, H.265,[8] but As of May 2015[update], there are no announcements about VP9 video codec support.[9][10][11]

It, together with UVD 6.0, can be found on 3rd generation of Graphics Core Next (GCN3) with "Tonga", "Fiji", "Iceland", and "Carrizo" (VCE 3.1) based graphics controller hardware, which is now used AMD Radeon Rx 300 Series (Pirate Islands GPU family) and VCE 3.4 by actual AMD Radeon Rx 400 Series and AMD Radeon 500 Series (both Polaris GPU family).

  • Tonga: Radeon R9 285, 380, 380X; Mobile Radeon R9 M390X, M395, M395X, M485X
  • Tonga XT: FirePro W7100, S7100X, S7150, S7150 X2
  • Fiji: Radeon R9 Fury, Fury X, Nano; Radeon Pro Duo (2016); FirePro S9300, W7170M
  • Polaris: RX 460, 470, 480; RX 550, 560, 570, 580; Radeon Pro Duo (2017)

VCE 4.0[edit]

The Video Coding Engine 4.0 encoder and UVD 7.0 decoder are included in the upcoming Vega based GPUs.[12][13]

Feature overview[edit]


BrandLlanoTrinityRichlandKaveriCarrizoBristol RidgeRaven RidgeDesna, Ontario, ZacateKabini, TemashBeema, MullinsCarrizo-LStoney Ridge
PlatformDesktop, MobileMobileDesktop, MobileUltra-mobile
ReleasedAug 2011Oct 2012Jun 2013Jan 2014Jun 2015Jun 2016Oct 2017Jan 2011May 2013Q2 2014May 2015June 2016
Fab. (nm)GlobalFoundries32SOI2814TSMC 4028
Die size (mm2)228246245244.62250.04210[14]75 (+ 28 FCH)~107TBA125
SocketFM1, FS1FM2, FS1+, FP2FM2+, FP3FM2+[a], FP4AM4, FP4AM4, FP5FT1AM1, FT3FT3bFP4FP4
CPU micro-architectureAMD 10hPiledriverSteamrollerExcavatorZenBobcatJaguarPumaPuma+[15]Excavator
Memory supportDDR3-1866
Up to
3D engine[b]TeraScale (VLIW5)TeraScale (VLIW4)GCN 2nd Gen (Mantle, HSA)GCN 3rd Gen (Mantle, HSA)GCN 5th Gen[16] (Mantle, HSA)TeraScale (VLIW5)GCN 2nd GenGCN 3rd Gen[16]
Up to 400:20:8Up to 384:24:6Up to 512:32:8Up to 704:44:16[17]80:8:4128:8:4Up to 192:?:?
Unified Video DecoderUVD 3UVD 4.2UVD 6N/AUVD 3UVD 4UVD 4.2UVD 6UVD 6.3
Video Coding EngineN/AVCE 1.0VCE 2.0VCE 3.1N/AN/AVCE 2.0VCE 3.1
Video Core NextN/A[19]N/A
GPU power savingPowerPlayPowerTuneN/APowerTune[20]
Max. displays[c]2–32–42–434TBA2TBATBA


Video codec acceleration[edit]

  • R100 - Video Immersion
  • R200 - Video Immersion II
  • R300 - Video Immersion II + Video Shader
  • R410 - Video Shader HD
  • R420 - Video Shader HD + DXVA
  • R520 - Avivo Video
  • R600 - Avivo HD Video - UVD 1.0
  • R700 - UVD 2, UVD 2.2
  • Evergreen - UVD 2.2
  • Northern Islands - UVD 3 (HD 67xx UVD 2.2)
  • Southern Islands - UVD 3.1, VCE 1.0
  • Sea Islands - UVD 4.2, VCE 2.0
  • Volcanic Islands - UVD 5.0, 6.0, VCE 3.0
  • Arctic Islands - UVD 6.3, VCE 3.4
  • Vega - UVD 7.0, VCE 4.0

Operating system support[edit]

The VCE SIP core needs to be supported by the device driver. The device driver provides one or multiple interfaces, like e.g. OpenMAX IL. One of this interfaces is then used by end-user software, like e.g. GStreamer or HandBrake (HandBrake rejected VCE support in December 2016 [29]), to access the VCE hardware and make use of it.

AMD's proprietary device driver AMD Catalyst is available for multiple operating systems and support for VCE has been added to it[citation needed]. Additionally, a free device driver is available. This driver also supports the VCE hardware.


Main articles: AMD Catalyst for Linux and Free Radeon driver


The software "MediaShow Espresso Video Transcoding" seems to utilize VCE and UVD to the fullest extent possible.[34]

A's Video Converter is also a free software that can use VCE for H264 and H265 GPU-accelerated transcoding, in addition to QuickSync and NVENC.

XSplit Broadcaster supports VCE from version 1.3.[35]

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio) supports VCE for recording and streaming. The original Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) requires a fork build in order to enable VCE.[36]

AMD Radeon Software Crimson supports VCE with built in game capture and use AMD AMF/VCE on APU or Radeon Graphics card to reduce FPS drop, when capture game or video content. [37]


Main article: Video Core Next

The VCE was succeeded by AMD Video Core Next in the Raven Ridge series of APUs released in October 2017. The VCN combines both encode (VCE) and decode (UVD).[38]

See also[edit]


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  11. ^ AMD Quietly Reveals Third Iteration of GCN Architecture with Tonga GPU.
  12. ^ abcKillian, Zak (22 March 2017). "AMD publishes patches for Vega support on Linux". Tech Report. Retrieved 23 March 2017. Cite error: Invalid tag; name "TR_vega" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
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  14. ^"The Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 13.0 Page 5 : AMD Mobile CPU Full List". Retrieved 13 December 2017. 
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  35. ^"XSplit Broadcaster 1.3 maintenance update includes mainly performance enhancements and maintenance fixes including such noteworthy features such as support for AMD's VCE H.264 hardware encoder". [dead link]
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In "full-fixed mode" the entire computation is done by the fixed-function VCE unit. Full-fixed mode can be accessed through the OpenMAX IL API.
The entropy encoding block of the VCE ASIC is also separately accessible, enabling "hybrid mode". In "hybrid mode" most of the computation is done by the 3D engine of the GPU. Using AMD's Accelerated Parallel Programming SDK and OpenCL developers can create hybrid encoders that pair custom motion estimation, inverse discrete cosine transform and motion compensation with the hardware entropy encoding to achieve faster than real-time encoding.
  1. ^ abThe UVD and VCE were replaced by the Video Core Next (VCN) ASIC in the Raven Ridge APU implementation of Vega.
  2. ^More displays may be supported with native DisplayPort connections, or splitting the maximum resolution between multiple monitors with active converters.
  3. ^ abDRM (Direct Rendering Manager) is a component of the Linux kernel. Support in this table refers to the most current version.

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