5 free to download multimedia software for Windows 7 PCs
Quite often we come across multimedia programs that can be helpful to us but are very expensive. An alternative is to find freeware that have all the required features to meet our needs. For example, there’s Paint.NET that’s a pretty good replacement for Adobe Photoshop. Some features may not be available in Paint.NET but still it’s a must-have utility considering that it is free. Here are five multimedia tools that you can download for free on your Windows 7 PC.
VLC media player
VLC media player can play audio and video files that are there in almost any format. With VLC media player, you won’t have to worry about incompatible file formats or missing codecs. Some of the file formats supported by VLC include MP4, DivX, WMV, Real Video, 3GP, FLV, etc. VLC media player has a simple interface for easy navigation. The latest version, VLC 2.0.1, is compatible with Windows 7 and also Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista. You can download VLC media player from here.
If you want a professional quality photo editing program, Paint.NET is the perfect choice. With features comparable to Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET allows you to add special effects to your pictures, work on layers, make adjustments to images, draw shapes, add text to photos, and do lots more. Paint.NET’s Magic Wand is a powerful tool to work on multiple selections. If you are using Paint.NET on Windows 7, its interface is enhanced for the Aero Glass effect. All in all, Paint.NET is just what you need to make your pictures more memorable and visually appealing.
Sometimes it happens that we download a video on our PC and when we transfer the file to our phone, there’s an incompatible file format error. This is where the open source free software HandBrake can be used to convert video files from one format to another. Basically HandBrake is a video transcoder for file conversion. Using HandBrake, users can ensure that video files work on computers, media centers, and portable devices. Its website clearly states that HandBrake is not a DVD/Blu-ray ripper and it won’t work with copy-protected files.
Windows Live Essentials
Windows Live Essentials is a suite of free to download utilities such as Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker. Windows Live Photo Gallery allows users to organize, edit and share pictures. You can not only edit images but also upload them on social networks such as Facebook or YouTube. With Windows Live Movie Maker, you can make your own movies by editing videos, adding transitions, audio, special effects, etc. Windows Live Essentials programs are compatible with both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.
Audacity is a popular open source audio editing software that supports a wide variety of file formats. It has an easy to use interface that’s clutter-free. Music professionals can use Audacity to record, edit and mix audio. Audacity allows users to import and export files, record/play back audio, remove noise, mix multiple tracks, change audio pitch, add effects, etc. The software is compatible with uncompressed audio standards. Users also have the choice of customizing the program with various plug-ins. Audacity works with Windows 7 and some older versions of the operating system such as Windows Vista also.