Downloadable vs. browser-based video converters

Posted by Tom Starks On June - 24 - 2015

From the tech-savvy to the technologically oblivious, everyone has heard about the presence of video converters on the Web and by now they have already gotten used to the benefits that they offer. Whether you want to access more formats across a wide range of devices or make sure that the video content you created is available to everyone, converters are extremely useful utilities that you should make use of. However, what not all users know is that there are two ways to get such a utility: first, there are browser-based platforms such as clipchamp, considered to be one of the best free video converters, and then there is the classic downloadable software. Both have their pros and cons, so the choice depends on what device you use and what requirements you have.



Bowser-based platforms are usually free, while downloadable software usually requires a certain fee (or they are free for a certain period of time / several conversion operations, and then you have to pay to unlock the full version). If you do not want to pay for such a service or you only need it occasionally, then online browser-based converters are the best choice, because they are free of charge in a basic version, some are even free and offer their entire set of features without limits. Commercial clients are the ones who commonly prefer to download software, because they have to install legal copies on all company computers, use video converters on a regular basis, as part of their professional activity and they need them to work even when offline. However often companies restrict what can be installed on business laptops, which is why free online converters are gaining popularity amongst office workers as well. All they need to use them is a browser.


Ease of use


People of all levels need to convert videos, but that doesn’t mean that all video converters are the same in terms of user interface. In fact, downloadable software, which is usually targeted at a more knowledgeable audience, tends to have a more complex UI that is not very appealing to beginners, while browser-based platforms are more intuitive and user-friendly. Needless to say, the latter are also easier to use right away without installation and they don’t ask the client to go through a setup wizard. Since they work inside the browser, they are always within reach, they move faster and rarely confuse the user. They also don’t require admin rights on the computer you’re using them on, so choose them if you have limited storage or if you’re currently using someone else’s computer.




You have to be very careful with every software or online utility you use, because malware and spyware are very real threats on the Internet. Neither video conversion software nor browser based video converters are dangerous in theory, but some developers have bad intentions or simply don’t have the budget to create 100% secure products. Software is a bit riskier in terms of security, because you have higher chances of getting a virus once you install them on your machine. Also, some software comes with bloatware: additional programs installed without your consent that runs in the background and takes up memory or collects data. However, browser-based tools are more secure and if you get them from the Chrome web store you get the guarantee that they have passed some security tests in advance and have been checked for quality.

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