Open Source Audio/Video Apps: 33 Replacements

Open source apps for mixing and manipulating audio and video, spotlighting replacements for top commercial software.


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As we highlighted in this list of open source audio/video replacements, the number of free software downloads to replace commercial programs keeps on growing. It’s remarkable, really.

Clearly, the exponential growth in media options – an expanding entertainment and communication universe – is fueling a corresponding growth in software to create multimedia. The following list travels from audio-video players to file sharing to file conversion (related question: why are there so many file formats? Will we ever get to a universal format? We're just hoping.)

As always, if you have top open source picks for audio/video software, please post them in the Comments section below. Happy downloading!

CD/DVD Burning


Replaces: Nero Burning ROM, Roxio Creator

As the name suggests, this tool converts AV video files to DVD-compatible formats and burns them onto playable DVDs. It includes a DVD menu editor and a video and audio editor. Operating System: Windows.

2. Burn

Replaces: Nero Burning ROM, Roxio Creator

Burn offers a simple interface and advanced options for burning CDs or DVDs with your Mac. It can create audio CDs, DVDs, DVD-audio discs, DivX discs, MP3 discs and more. Operating System: OS X.

3. InfraRecorder

Replaces: Nero Burning ROM, Roxio Creator

For Windows users only, InfraRecorder burns CDs and DVDs, and it can also blank rewritable discs, fixate discs and create copies. It integrates with Windows Explorer, which makes it very easy to use. Operating System: Windows.

4. DVDStyler

Replaces: Nero Burning ROM, Roxio Creator

This tool not only burns discs, it can also help you create interactive DVD menus or photo slideshows. It supports a wide variety of multimedia file formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

5. DVD Flick

Replaces: Nero Burning ROM, Roxio Creator

DVD Flick boasts support for more than 45 file formats, more than 60 video codecs and more than 40 audio codecs. It can burn DVDs, create menus and add subtitles. Operating System: Windows.

6. Cdrtools

Replaces: Nero Burning ROM, Roxio Creator

This suite of command-line tools includes the cdrecord CD/DVD/Blu-ray recording software, as well as tools for reading optical media, extracting audio, and more. It's a mature project that has been around for quite a few years. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

7. cdrtfe

Replaces: Nero Burning ROM, Roxio Creator

Cdrtfe serves as a front-end for cdrtools and some other command-line recording applications. It can burn audio CDs, data discs, bootable discs, DVD-Video discs, ISO images and other types of optical media. The latest version supports Windows 10. Operating System: Windows.

File Sharing

8. eMule

Replaces: BitTorrent

eMule claims to be one of the most popular peer-to-peer file-sharing clients available. It can download torrents and offers fast performance and search. Operating System: Windows, OS X.

9. Ares

Replaces: BitTorrent

Very recently updated, Ares is a BitTorrent client and chat program that allows users to share images, audio, video, software and documents. It includes a built-in player and a library organizer. Operating System: Windows.

10. Shareaza P2P

Replaces: BitTorrent

This Windows peer-to-peer client offers support for multiple networks including EDonkey2000, Gnutella, BitTorrent and Gnutella2. Key features include global searching, multiple results tabs, previews, user comments, ratings, skinnable interface, sophisticated file-hashing and block lists to enhance security. Operating System: Windows.

11. FrostWire

Replaces: BitTorrent

FrostWire is a combination BitTorrent client, YouTube downloader and media player. It also supports Android devices, so you can take your media files with you on the go. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android.

12. DC++

Replaces: BitTorrent

This Windows client for the Direct Connect/Advanced Direct Connect file-sharing network has been downloaded millions of times. The site includes a helpful tutorial and beginner's guide for those who aren't sure how P2P works. Operating System: Windows.

13. ANts P2P

Replaces: BitTorrent

Designed for security and privacy, ANts P2P encrypts everything you send or receive over the network and masks connections so that users are untraceable. It's Java-based, so it will run on most platforms. Operating System: OS Independent.

Multimedia File Conversion

14. DVDx

Replaces: Movavi Video Converter

With DVDx, users can copy most DVDs and Blu-ray discs to their hard drives. It can also transcode movies from one format to another, reformat video with an incorrect aspect ratio, add or remove subtitles, extract audio and remove letterbox black borders from movies. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

15. HandBrake

Replaces: Movavi Video Converter

HandBrake is a free tool for converting video files using a wide variety of codecs. It promises fast, simple, easy operation. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

16. Media Converter

Replaces: Movavi Video Converter

This conversion tool supports AVI, WMV, MKV, RM, MOV and other formats. It includes helpful presets that will meet the needs of most users, or you can tinker with the advanced settings. Operating System: OS X.

17. TEncoder

Replaces: Movavi Video Converter

This app provides an interface to three other popular open source video tools: FFMPEG, MEncoder and Mplayer. It can convert video files, rip unprotected DVDs, add subtitles, download from YouTube, extract audio or video and more. Operating System: Windows.

18. xVideoServiceThief

Replaces: Movavi Video Converter

This tool allows you to download clips from more than 93 different websites, including YouTube, Yahoo Video, Vimeo, Boing Boing and others. It can also convert clips among popular formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

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