Want to convert a video or audio file to another format? VLC is all you need! It’s packed with useful features, including a quick and easy audio and video converter that’s just a few clicks away.

How to Convert Media Files with VLC

To start converting, open VLC and click Media > Convert/Save.

Click “Add” to the right of the File Selection list on the File tab. Browse to the video or audio file you want to convert and open it.

Click “Convert/Save” to continue.

Under Convert, select the video or audio codec and container to which you want to convert. For example, to transcode a video to a reasonably standard MP4 format, choose “Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4).” To convert an audio file to an MP3 that should work practically everywhere, select “Audio – MP3.”

Click the wrench icon (the “Edit Selected Profile” button) to the right of the Profile list for more options.

Click “Browse” and choose a location and filename for the output file.

When you’re done, click “Start” to perform the conversion.

VLC’s progress bar gradually fills up as it completes the conversion process.

Progress bar while converting a media file in VLC

More VLC Conversion Tips

This feature is more powerful than it looks! In addition to converting video and audio files as you would in any other application, you can:

While we’ve covered VLC’s awesome file conversion capabilities many times, this article was inspired by a SwiftOnSecurity tweet. VLC is packed with useful features most people have never heard of, including Chromecast support.

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