How to Convert Media Files using VLC Media Player

Well! Generally, VLC media player is used to play your favorite media files i.e. music, video etc. But, do you know that you can use the same media player to convert files from one format to another format? NO? That means, this tutorial is for you.


You know that VLC media player is one of the best media players. It is available for almost all major platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android and so on. Most of the people use it because of easiness, good sound and video output etc. Actually, this is one of the must have apps for your PC.

Suppose, you have downloaded a video in .WMV format and you would like to play that video on your mobile phone. But unfortunately, your phone doesn’t support the .WMV format. At such moment, people do one of these two things. First, some people try to find the same video online in supported format. Second, rest of the people use media file converter to convert that video into supported format.

If you do the second thing, you might have already downloaded and used several media file converters on your Windows or Mac. Nevertheless, if you are using VLC media player, there is no need to download another media file converter.

How to convert media files using VLC media player?

Here are the eights steps to convert media files using VLC media player. In this tutorial, I have converted a .mp4 video into .wmv format. But you can use it for audio as well.

Step 1: Open your VLC media player and click on Media and Convert / Save respectively.

convert media files using VLC media player

Step 2: Click the Add button and select your file. If you choose more than one file, make sure that all of them are in same format (i.e. .mp4, .mp3). After selecting file (s), click on Convert / Save.

convert media files using VLC media player

Step 3: Click on Settings icon.

Settings to Select Format in VLC

Step 4: Choose the output format from Encapsulation tab.

Select Output Video Format to Convert

Step 5: Choose the audio format from Audio Codec tab and click the Save button.

Select Audio Codec to convert media files in vlc

Step 6: Now choose a profile from the Drop down menu.

Step 7: Click the Browse button and select output file name and file path.

Step 8: At last, click on Start button.

Your conversion will be completed within few minutes. This conversion time depends on your selected file size.

Advantage of using VLC media player to convert media files

  1. You do not have to install any other software. Generally, VLC media player is used by most of the people.
  2. VLC media player is available at free of cost. You do not have to spend money to buy any third part file converter.
  3. VLC media player is very easy to use.

Disadvantage of using VLC media player to convert media files

  1. Output file format is limited.
  2. It takes much time to set up a conversion before starting.
  3. It takes much time to convert even a small media file. (For me, VLC has taken more than 3 minutes to convert a 5.65mb .mp4 into .WMV)

Final Word

If you ignore those disadvantages, VLC media player will be working great for you to convert media files. Hope this tutorial will be helpful for you.

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