Clipchamp vs. HandBrake vs. Freemake: Video Services Reviewed and Compared
In order to capture and show videos the way you want them, you often need software and services that have a versatile set of features. Here are some video conversion options, compared one against the others.
Clipchamp can do both conversion and video sharing. You are required to sign up with email or social media in order to get going, but if you need to use video requests or compression and conversion one time, you can still do this for free.
- Collect and Share-You can use the service to request videos from employees or friends and family. It will give you a link you can share with them in order to get videos sent to you easily. You can then convert and compress this video as necessary.
- Enterprise Video Request Branding-You can get your own branding with an Enterprise account on video requests. This can make it easier to run a business that relies on constant video output such as a channel that streams on YouTube.
- No-servers Privacy for Paranoid Companies-If you run a company or are responsible for the video services in one, the no-servers privacy feature at Clipchamp can certainly be a big help. There aren’t any files that pass through servers at the site. Instead, the source and the destination are connected directly.
Handbrake is a free and open-sourced software option for converting to video formats. It’s easy to get going with the program by simply hitting the red download button right in the top corner of the page.
- Free and Open-source-Not only can you download the program for free, but it’s even legal to make changes to it in order to meet your needs if you know enough coding to pull this off.
- Huge Number of Video Formats-You can convert to a wide number of formats and devices including iPod, iPad, different AppleTV formats, Android Tablets, and many more. It can receive sources from DVD or Blu-Ray. It can output to video encoders such as H.265, MPEG-2, and more besides. MP4, MKV, and M4V file container options for conversion are available. You can choose from a variety of audio options too such as AAC, MP3, FLAC, or even Vorbis for audiophiles or those who prefer open source options for files.
- DVD Features-You can select titles and chapters, use chapter markers, work with all manner of subtitle features including with VobSub, SSA, SRT, and others.
- Many Video Options-There’s support for a number of video filters such as doing crops and scaling, changing greyscale, doing deinterlacing, and many others. You can also do a batch scan or queue of encoding. You can also get live video previews for what you’re converting as well, in order to make sure it’s coming out the way you want. You can check quality to constant quality or switch it to average bitrate during encoding.
Freemake is a site that offers various free software solutions for working with videos. Additionally, Freemake also has the option for changing the site page into whatever you want with the link in the upper right corner.
- Downloader with Support for 10,000 Sites-The “Freemake Video Downloader” lets you download videos for free from Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and many others. This includes full playlists. You can also convert the videos that you download.
- Convert into 500 Formats-There are more than 500 formats you can use for conversion with this software.
- Substantial How-to Videos-The “How to” section you can access from the top of the main page gives you a number of videos and other information about how to perform various tasks. This includes how to convert YouTube format to AVI, MP4, and other formats, ways to convert HTML5 video, converting to SWF or FLV, how to rotate videos, and various other possibilities.
Head to Head
Basic video recording and compression for Clipchamp is free. You can only have one user at a time, however, and the maximum number of videos you can work with is 5. Max resolution is 1080p, and you can use just MP4 or WebM for video formats. If you upgrade to Professional, then you get it for $9 per month which gives you unlimited videos but still 1 user. The Enterprise version gives you unlimited users with unlimited videos. Video request services allow for 2 active requests for free, with a limit of 10 days. If you take the $14 per month plan, you get 10 requests with no limit. The Enterprise version is $149 per month with unlimited requests and your own branding on requests.
Handbrake is completely free to use all the way through.
Freemake also has free software without any real upgrade options that cost money.
Clipchamp has many features that will appeal to those with business intentions. This includes a strong compression algorithm for making videos smaller, as well as private servers and strong pricing for businesses with unlimited users.
Handbrake is a free and open-source program that tends to require some know-how to use. It’s especially good for converting video into the format used by a particular device such as an iPod or an Android tablet since you’re not always going to know exactly what format that device takes off the top of your head.
Freemake is a good site for beginners because it has intuitive controls compared to the other options. It also works well for those who have a video source on the Internet that they want to first download to their computers before converting into a new format since there’s a program on the site that you can get just for this purpose.
Overall, Clipchamp is more designed for those who want browser solutions and videos to be collected from a large number of sources, which is especially the case when it comes to businesses. The other options work better for those who want offline approaches, or who need to focus specifically on conversion rather than the other parts of video services such as sharing and capturing. It all just comes down to what you need.