A couple posts back I mentioned writing a post that once and for all explained how to go about converting videos for free. Thanks to Winxdvd, it was made very simple. Just download their program. It works great and if you download it now it is completely free.
You can download it from http://www.winxdvd.com/hd-video-converter-deluxe/
I don’t know how long it will be free, but there weren’t any crazy strings attached and I’ve already used it to convert a few video files 🙂