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Convert .3GP and .3G2 Files to AVI / MPEG for Free

3GP and .3G2 are common video capture formats used on many mobile phones, but they may not be supported by your favorite media player. Today we’ll show you a quick and easy way to convert those files to AVI or MPG format with the free Windows application, Pazera Free 3GP to AVI Converter.

Download the Pazera Free 3GP to AVI Converter. You’ll have to unzip the download folder, but there is no need to install the application. Just double-click the 3gptoavi.exe file to run the application.


To add your 3GP or 3G2 files to the queue to be converted, click on the Add files  button at the top left.


Browse for your file, and click Open.


Your video will be added to the Queue. You can add multiple files to the queue and convert them all at one time.


Most users will find it preferable to use one of the pre-configured profiles for their conversion settings. To load a profile, choose one from the Profile drop down list and then click the Load button. You will see the profile update the settings in the panels at the bottom of the application.

We tested Pazera Free 3GP to AVI Converter with 3GP files recorded on a Motorola Droid, and found the AVI H.264 Very High Q. profile to return the best results for AVI output, and the MPG – DVD NTSC: MPEG-2 the best results for MPG output. Other profiles produced smaller file sizes, but at a cost of reduced quality video output.


More advanced users may tweak video and audio settings to their liking in the lower panels. Click on the AVI button under Output file format / Video settings to adjust settings AVI…


Or the MPG button to adjust the settings for MPG output.


By default, the converted file will be output to the same location as the input directory. You can change it by clicking the text box input radio button and browsing for a different folder.


When you’ve chosen your settings, click Convert to begin the conversion process.


A conversion output box will open and display the progress. When finished, click Close.


Now you’re ready to enjoy your video in your favorite media player.


Pazera Free 3GP to AVI Converter isn’t the most robust media conversion tool, but it does what it is intended to do. It handles the task of 3GP to AVI / MPG conversion very well. It’s easy enough for the beginner to manage without much trouble, but also has enough options to please more experienced users.

Download Pazera Free 3GP to AVI Converter

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 04/13/10

Comments (8)

  1. gunn0r

    How about SUPER (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer) instead?
    Great application, available for free and is able to convert pretty every format into another :)

  2. Mike J

    I don’t know about 3G2 as I have never encountered such a file, but Format Factory converts 3GP’s to whatever very easily (it does use some serious processor power). Interestingly, sometimes the original has no sound but the avi (or whatever) does.But beware, FF v2.30 installs two toolbars you can’t opt out of–try to find v2.2 & stick with it is my advice.Format Factory does audio, video, & picture conversions.

  3. Mike J

    BTW–if you are interested in emailing a video file but it is too large, usually converting it to 3GP will decrease its size considerably.

  4. DigitalGeekery

    @gunn0r – Sure, you could use SUPER too. The advantage of this app is it’s simplicity.

    @Mike J – I’m a big fan of Format Factory myself. If I could use only one file conversion tool it would be the one I’d pick. 3G2 is found on some older video capable phones. It’s not terribly common.

  5. Cathy Miller

    I followed your instructions, but when I open the AVI file in Windows Media Player, I get sound but no video.

  6. Shawn

    The same thing happend to me Cathy. IDK

  7. Tania

    I tried to convert a 3g2 file to an avi file and got no sound or video.

  8. Photoray

    I set it up just as you show in your tutorial and it worked just fine. No problems. Quality of the movies were a little bit lower than playing directly from the original .3g2 files but probably to be expected.
    Thanks for the heads up,

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