Best Free Audio Video and Graphics Programs
BEST FREE AUDIO CONVERTER
Any Audio Converter – The name says everything, it converts audio files, WMV, MP4, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, MP3, M4A, MP2, etc. The interesting feature is that it can extract the audio track from video files such as AVI, MPEG, MP4, WMV, ASF.
Alternatives: – MediaCoder
BEST FREE AUDIO EDITING PROGRAM
Audacity – Open source audio editing and recording program, the best free on you can get. It is very easy to use and works on Mac OSX and Linux too.
Alternatives: – Wavosaur
BEST FREE SCREEN SESSION RECORDING UTILITY
CamStudio – Free screen session recorder, can record audio too, records to avi or swf files.
Alternatives: – Jing
BEST FREE CODEC PACK
Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) – Essential codec pack, no spyware, Media Player Classic included.
BEST FREE CODEC UTILITY
CodecInstaller – Analyzes your video or audio files, tell you which codecs are needed, finds codecs, installs or unistalls codecs from your system.
BEST FREE DVD RIPPING PROGRAM
DVD Shrink – This one is a classic, everybody knows it, some people even sell copies of it. A great tool for backing up your video DVDs.
Alternatives: DVD Decrypter
BEST FREE DVD AUTHORING PROGRAM
DVD Styler – Free DVD authoring tool, supports PAL and NTSC. Very easy to use, just drag and drop an mpeg file and make your video DVD. You can also make decent menus with it, even with audio. It also has a Linux version.
Alternatives: DVD Flick
BEST FREE AUDIO CD RIPPING PROGRAM
Exact Audio Copy – Great audio CD ripper, extracts your audio tracks from all kinds of CD and DVD drives are supported (including USB, Firewire, SATA and SCSI drives). Supports many output file formats, including flac through external encoders.
BEST FREE UNIVERSAL TRANSCODER
Format Factory – Universal transcoder, converts almost any video, audio and graphic file formats. Can also extract DVD Video to avi.
Alternatives: MediaCoder, SUPER
BEST FREE IMAGE EDITING PROGRAM
GIMP – The best freeware alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It’s an open source image editor, very powerful and quite stable.
Alternatives: – Inkscape
BEST FREE VIDEO PLAYER
KMPlayer – The best video player, versatile freeware media player that supports many video file formats and containers. It can also handle various types of subtitle files.
BEST FREE IMAGE VIEWER
Picasa 3 – Fast and reliable image viewer, can open various file formats and also has some basic editing capabilities.
BEST FREE VIDEO CONVERTER
MeGUI – Powerful video encoder, supports the best formats and encoders, great tutorials available.
BEST FREE AUDIO PLAYER
Songbird – open source music player, highly customizable, featuring last.fm scrobbling and many interesting add-ons.
Alternatives: – Foobar, Quintessential Player (QCD)
BEST FREE SCREEN CAPTURE UTILITY
PicPick – Great freeware all-in-one graphics tool for webmasters, designers, software developers or simple home users. It has a screen capture module, color picker, pixel ruler, image editor.
BEST FREE VIDEO EDITING PROGRAM
Avidemux – Great open source editing program that supports almost any video file type. It’s also multiplatform, it has Linux, Windows and Mac OS X versions.
Alternatives: – ZS4, Jahshaka
BEST FREE COLOR IDENTIFIER
ColorCop – Helps you identify the colors on your screen and gives you the respective code for each color. Very useful for webmasters and designers. If you are using PicPick you don’t really need ColorCop because PicPick has a bult in color picker.
Alternatives: – Just Color Picker, Pixeur
BEST FREE AUDIO FILES TAG EDITOR
TagScanner – Complex tag editor that supports almost any audio file type you might think of.
Alternatives: – Mp3Tag
BEST FREE VECTOR GRAPHICS PROGRAM
Inkscape – great open source vector graphics editor, a free alternative to the expensive Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.
BEST FREE SUBTITLE EDITOR
Aegisub – fabulous open source program, offers a huge range of advanced features, almost anything you might need to make good subtitles.
BEST FREE DVD SUBTITLES RIPPER
SubRip – Simple and easy to use open source program that can extract your DVD subtitles to .srt files. The program was not updated lately but it still is a solid freeware program.