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.
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.
Brien Posey is a seven-time Microsoft MVP. He has written thousands of articles and written or contributed to dozens of books on a variety of IT subjects.