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Five video converter apps

There are a number of utilities available that can convert video from its native format into a format that is supported by mobile devices.

The proliferation of mobile devices has driven the demand for portable video. Unfortunately, not every device can play every video format. Thankfully, there are a number of utilities available that can convert video from its native format into a format that is supported by the device on which a user wants to play the video.

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Five apps

1. Free CUDA Video Converter

Free CUDA Video Converter is a free utility for performing video conversions. There is also a paid version. The free version works well and supports an impressive number of video formats, but is unsupported. The interface is easy to use, but offers only a very basic feature set such as a preview window and the ability to merge video clips.

2. Prism Video File Converter Plus

Prism Video File Converter Plus is a video conversion utility that supports batch conversions. In addition to being able to convert video files, the utility also offers DVD conversions (sadly there is no Blue Ray support). In addition, the utility allows groups of video files to be burned to a video DVD or to a video CD.

Prism Video File Converter Plus costs $49.99, but a free 14-day trial is available for download.

3. Format Factory

Format Factory is a free utility for converting videos from one format to another. Although video conversion is arguably the utility's primary focus, it is also capable of converting images and audio as well.

Format Factory supports batch conversions and includes various profiles that can be used to write the converted videos to various formats and / or devices. For instance, you can use one of the included profiles to convert videos and write them to your mobile device. The utility also supports CD and DVD ripping, and also includes support for ISO files.

4. MyVideoConverter Pro

MyVideoConverter Pro is a relatively lightweight tool for converting videos from one format to another. In spite of the fact that MyVideoConverter Pro uses a rather simplistic interface, it does offer support for a large number of file formats. Additionally, MyVideoConverter Pro is able to rip DVDs and burn videos to DVD. The tool is also able to split large files and join multiple files into one.

MyVideoConverter Pro sells for $39.95, but a free trial version is available for download. The trial version is fully functional, but places a watermark over converted videos.

5. Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter is a free utility for converting media such as video, DVDs, audio, and pictures to various formats. The utility uses a very intuitive interface that lets you simply add the media that you want to convert and then select the format or device that you want to convert to.

The nice thing about this utility (aside from it being easy to use) is that it supports formats that are often omitted from other conversion utilities such as Sony or Xbox. The utility also supports Blue Ray, which is nice since many converters do not offer Blue Ray support.

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18 comments
wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet

for small AVI, FLC etc. It's Windows only, but totally free. Will convert Quicktime too if you have the plugins installed. Might need to install various codecs, but there is a list of them in the included "help" file.

Gisabun
Gisabun

First. Go to the authors website for Freemake [ http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/ ] . it is more current and doesn't have a CNet "wrapper". Second. Do a custom installation [if you don't normally do so] as it installs all kinds of unneeded crap such as WinZIP, a toolbar, browser plugins and changes your default home page - if you don't do a custom installation. Ran a test converting a FLV file to XVID. 9 minutes to convert a 9 minute file. Roughly same specs as the original. Seemed to be fast up until about 45% where it slowed down. Looked at maybe 2.5 minutes at the 45% mark.

Gisabun
Gisabun

One I probably WOULDN'T recommend is called Super. seems every time I've tried to convert a video it caughs for some reason - never with the actual reason. You need to scroll through a long page to find what was the download link to actually go to another page with the actual download link. The interface is iffy. It does, however, support many file formats and options.

Slayer_
Slayer_

It's multi platform, though the Linux version kind of sucks, many of the formats won't work on Linux, on Windows it is perfect. It is simple to use and batch converts videos to many standard formats. And if you want, you can customize the conversion. And it's totally free.

albayaaabc
albayaaabc

we must not forget the iTune Quick Time converter as one of best converter that have been used for long range of iPhone mobile and other Device.

nrhudson
nrhudson

Handbrake (free) for video file conversions, CloneDVD/CloneDVD Mobile works with AnyDVD to convert your own DVDs ($125) bundled cost converts anything even Disney videos, and Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate ($59.95).

miked2
miked2

This is great and free. Converts video from Microsoft media center or other sources to many output options. Can even remove commercials. It is free, but I made a donation.

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Cynyster
Cynyster

How about links to the original web sites? Or is this just an ad for Cnet? I use AllMusicConverter ... Only because I needed something in a hurry but it not what I would recommend as the licensing permits only one machine and reinstalling requires you to get a new activation code through e-mail. and the interface is very "Macish" any suggestions for someone semi professional?

twtrout
twtrout

I have used Format Factory for a couple years and it makes rapid work of converting FLV to AVI, or MP4. I also use it to locate and convert FLVs from YouTube to MP3s. It's my go-to format factory!

Krotow
Krotow

For Windows: XMedia Recode. For Linux: ffmpeg/Handbrake.

hug.login
hug.login

What is the fastest converter? I'm using the AVS Video Converter and it takes about about 1hour to convert FLV to AVI!

mados123
mados123

I have found Freemake's products to be the best including the Download Converter as well.

TechIan16
TechIan16

These will come in handy for sure! I have been having a few issues lately with be able to run all my videos through the different devices I need them for. There are a lot of different formats out there

AFoshee
AFoshee

WTV support was important to me since I converted an old PC into a 'free DVR/DVD' machine in my office. I tried mcebuddy, but could never get it to work. The only thing I could find at the time to convert those videos was Bigasoft MP4 converter. It was around $30 or $40, converts a lot of different formats, does batch coversions, allows me to trim excess video, and even yoink commercials out.

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