Multimedia Software

This is a roundup of all the best multimedia software for Windows. All of the software is free to download, and released under open source licenses.

Video Converters - Video conversion is a narrower term for transcoding. Transcoding is the process of the conversion of digital data (typically video and audio files) from one format to another. It involves extracting tracks from a digital media file, decoding the tracks, filtering, encoding, and then multiplexing the new tracks into a new container. Transcoding will reduce the quality of the tracks unless lossless formats are used.
Music Players - the best music players. All free, all open source goodness.
Music Notation - Music notation is a system which represents music in a written form by using musical symbols. For a musician to be able to read, understand, and play music, the composition must be in written form. A system of notation is essential for musicians to be able to play music as intended by the composer.
Software Synthesizers - A software synthesizer, also known as a softsynth, is computer software which creates digital audio.
Music Tag Editors - A tag editor (or tagger) is an application which allows users to edit metadata of multimedia files. Metadata is the data about the audio data. It lets information about the audio file such as the title, artist, conductor, album, track length, lyrics, embedded images, and other information be stored in the audio file itself.
CD Ripping - CD audio grabbers are designed to extract (“rip”) the raw digital audio (in a format commonly called CDDA) from a compact disc to a file or other output.
Music Composition - Produce professional quality music with these great tools.
Subtitle Editors - A subtitle editor is a type of computer software that lets users create and edit subtitles. These subtitles are superimposed over, and synchronized with, video.
Music Servers - The purpose of a music server is to deliver tracks when requested by a client. The server can deliver music to machines over a local area network as well as computers connected over the internet.
YouTube Tools - Here’s our recommended Windows-based free and open source software to tap into the huge YouTube catalog.