Nowadays, the video industry is developing faster than ever. To serve different video player devices, there are more video formats released every single day. The various video formats make it possible for us to have the best video experience in different devices, but also make it harder to play videos cross platform. The AVI video format is supposed to be one of the most compatible video formats. But with all the different platforms out there, it’s not strange if you find yourself unable to play an AVI file as easily as before. Some times even an AVI video file needs to be converted to another format to be played successfully. But what’s the most efficient way to convert an AVI file? How to convert AVI files with the least time spent and the best quality retained? Well, today we are going to introduce some of the best free AVI converters that allow you to convert your AVI files, and be able to play them no matter what device you have.

Part 1: 3 free online AVI converters

There are a lot of ways in which you can get your AVI videos converted. Before trying to download a desktop AVI video converter, you should consider using an online free AVI converter first. Comparing to an AVI video converter that requires to be installed on your PC, an online AVI converter can not only allow you to convert your AVI file directly without downloading any third-party program but also provides an easy-to-use interface and keep your PC nice and clean. If you want to convert your AVI videos online free, here are some of the best online AVI converters that I would recommend the most.

Zamzar is a free online AVI converter with good reputation and word of mouth. The online converter tool has been converting files since 2006 and supports not only the conversion of various video formats but also the conversion of PDF files, audio files, DOCX files and more. The speed of conversion in Zamzar is also decent. As claimed on the official website, Zamzar aims to complete every one of the conversion tasks within 10 minutes. Another advantage of Zamzar is the intuitional user experience. Although the website has been online for more than 10 years, the home page looks nice and clean, and the operation to convert an AVI file is easy enough.


To convert an AVI file with the free online AVI converter Zamzar, simply go to the website, click the “Add Files” button or drag and drop your AVI file onto the webpage to upload your AVI file. Once the file is successfully uploaded, choose an output format from the “Step 2” dropdown box. Then you can click the “Convert Now” button under the “Step 3” icon. It usually will take some time for the video to be converted, but you can set Email notification to keep in track of the task.


When it comes to online AVI converter, Aconvert is an unignorable choice. Aconvert is a free online converter for not only videos, but also PDF files, Document files, eBook files, Images, Audios, Archive files and webpage files. It has a high conversion speed and currently has 26 servers to make sure that the conversion can proceed smoothly. Apart from multiple converting specialties, Aconvert also features an intuitive user interface. The website has an app-like design and offers up to 10 languages for users from different regions.


To convert your AVI video with the online AVI converter, first visit the website. Once you are on the website, click the “Add Files” button to upload your AVI file. Once your file is uploaded, choose a target file format from the de dropdown box below the uploaded file list and hit the “Convert Now” button. All of the converted files will be listed in the “Conversion Results” section when the conversion is done. Then you can download the converted file back to your PC.

Convertio is another AVI video converter that’s worth your attention. As a professional online video converter, Convertio is not meant to be freeware. The “light” plan is tagged 9.99 per month while the “unlimited” plan costs you 25.99 per month. However, with some restrictions on conversion speed, conversion priority, file size, supported formats, file numbers and so on, you can still convert your AVI files free with Convertio.


Like most of the other online AVI converters, Convertio is also easy to use. According to the plan you choose, you may be able to convert AVI from not only your PC but also from Dropbox or Google Drive as well. To convert your AVI video, simply drag and drop the file onto the webpage to upload. When the file is successfully uploaded, you can click the “Convert” button to start the conversion. Once the conversion is done, click the “Download” button to download the converted file.

Part 2: 2 free desktop AVI converters

As you can see, an online free AVI video converter can offer you an obvious advantage: convenience. You don’t need to download any third-party AVI video converter to convert your AVI video. In order to have your AVI video converted, simply upload the video, hit the convert button and then download the output result. However, the disadvantages of this method are also obvious. First, the method is highly dependent on the network connection. A bad network environment could have a huge impact on conversion speed and consistency. Second, the online AVI video converter tools are usually restricted in many aspects. Limited file size, unsupported format, lack of advanced editing function could all be its huge disadvantage.

So if you don’t mind having one extra program on your PC, it’s still recommended that you convert your AVI video with an AVI video converter program. Now let me introduce some of the best free AVI video converter programs that may be helpful to you.

Handbrake is a free AVI video converter that has been out there for years. As a free AVI video converter tool, Handbrake is capable of converting videos from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. The program is free, open source and supports multiplatform including Windows, Mac and Linux. Apart from dealing with videos, Handbrake also features functions that could work with DVD files. However, being an old-school video converter, Handbrake is not entirely perfect. For new users, the interface of the program could be confusing, and all of the packed functions and video parameters could be a little bit overwhelming as well. So, Is it a good free AVI video converter? Yes. But is it easy to use and friendly for any user? Not so much.


Format Factory
So Handbrake is definitely not the only alpha player in the free AVI video converter area. As another professional and multi-functional video converter that has been out there for years, Format Factory is nothing less comparing to Handbrake in the video conversion aspect. Developed by Chen Jun Hao, format Factory is capable of converting video, audio, picture files, and ripping DVDs and CDs to other file formats. The interface design of this program is slightly better than that of Handbrake. Formats available are all categorized in the left, and less overwhelming parameters are packed. However, the program is free but is also ad-supported, which means while you enjoy the decent video conversion experience, you have to suffer from various of disturbing ads at the same time.


Part 3: Introduction about Leawo AVI Video Converter

Now we have gone through almost all of the decent choices for a free AVI video converter. As you can see, it doesn’t matter if it’s an online converter, or a dedicated converter program, a free AVI video converter always has a huge drawback in some ways. Free online AVI video converters have all kinds of restrictions on file size, file number, conversion speed and more. Free third-party converter programs are usually bad in design or offer terrible user experiences by delivering ads. So is there a better way to convert an AVI file? A tool that offers complete functions and has a great program design? Well, that brings out the last program that I would like to recommend. A professional AVI video converter program with a free trial version called Leawo Video Converter.

Leawo Video Converter is a multi-functional video converter program. It can convert not only AVI videos, but also videos in 180 more of other formats. Besides the massive supported format library, Leawo Video Converter also features various advanced video editing functions. With Leawo Video Converter, you can not only convert your video, but also trim, crop, add watermarks, remove noise, turn 2D into 3D, and adjust parameters of your video. Most importantly, with all of these functions supported, Leawo Video Converter can still keep a clean and intuitive user interface, so that anyone can get the hang of it within the first couple of minutes using the program.

In case you are wondering how to convert AVI videos with the Leawo Video Converter, here are some brief steps to get you started quickly.

Step 1: Launch Leawo AVI Video Converter, navigate to the “Video Converter” function module and click “Add Video” to import your AVI video to the program. You can also drag and drop the file into the interface.


Step 2: Click the “Format” button to choose an output format. You can also do further editing to your AVI video by clicking the “Edit” button.


Step 3: Click the green “Convert” button to call out the output settings panel. Set an output directory and click the “Convert” icon to start the conversion.