Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Video Conversion With Easy Freeware

You have a video file, either from your camcorder or some other source and you need to convert it to another format. What do you do? You need a converter!
There are many free video converters available. I have assembled a list of a few of my favorites.
You can download these free and use them to convert from one file to another. Each one has different capabilities so choose the one you feel will do the best for you.

EncodeHD is an easy to use video converter with a no-fuss interface, that enables you to convert your video files to a variety of home video and portable formats (with support for H.264 encoding), including AppleTV, YouTube HD, iPod, iPhone, PSP, XBox, Zune, Blackberry and others. Simply select one of the pre-configured profiles, load one or more video files and click a button to convert. Other features include auto-splitting for files larger than 4GB and optimization for TV output. EncodeHD makes use of FFmpeg, Atomic Parsley and MP4Box. DOWNLOAD

iPodME is an easy to use tool that lets you convert video files to iPod format. It does not require installation and includes all necessary codecs. The program provides you with a choice of speed vs.quality presets and popular resolutions as well as an option to customize the (x264 or Xvid) encoder settings. Other features aspect ratio adjustments, batch conversion with optional PC shutdown and process priority settings. iPodME also supports subtitle and can take advantage of multiple processors.
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WinX Free DVD to PSP Ripper enables you rip an convert your personal DVD movies so that they can be played on your PSP. You can clip a video segment to extract, change the frame rate and optionally add subtitles. The program can also create a snapshot from a selected video frame and save it as .THM file for thumbnail display on your PSP.
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WinX Free iPhone Video Converter enables you to convert most popular video formats to iPhone, iPod + touch and Apple TV video formats. It offers pre-configured conversion profiles to choose from and also allows you to customize various conversion parameters. You can process the entire video file or select a segment that you want to convert.
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WinX Free DVD to iPhone Ripper enables you rip and convert your personal DVD movies so that they can be played on your iPhone, iPod + touch or Apple TV. You can clip a video segment to extract, change the frame rate and optionally add subtitles.
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Free Video to Flash Converter enables you to convert video files to flash video format (SWF and FLV) so that you can publish them on the web. You can convert the entire video, or selected a particular scene from the clip.
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MediaCoder is a universal batch media transcoder that integrates most popular audio/video codecs and enables you to convert between most audio and video formats without having to install additional codecs. Among other things, it supports conversion for portable devices (iPod, PSP etc.) as well as ripping from audio and video discs and reparing corrupted or partial downloaded video files. MediaCoder also includes MPlayer for video playback. The program is optimized for multi-core processors.
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SUPER is a universal video player, encoder and renderer that provides a GUI to ffmpeg, MEncoder, mplayer, x264, mppenc, ffmpeg2theora and the theora/vorbis RealProducer plug-in. The program can work with most popular video files and comes with all necessary codecs already built-in.
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DivX for Windows includes the codec and player that enables you to watch movies that were optimized with DivX compression technology. This download provides you with everything you need to play DiVX files for free. DivX for Windows also includes a trial version of DiVX Pro, which allows you to convert video to DiVX and use the Pro codec instead of the free one.
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Internet Video Converter is a front end that provides a user interface (GUI) for several Open Source video conversion products. It enables you to convert between various popular video formats including Mpeg, DV, Quicktime, Windows Media, Xvid, H264, 3GP, PSP, iPod and Flash video (FLV, SWF). Furthermore, it can capture screenshots from videos, extract video soundtracks and export them to WAV or MP3 format and add titles to converted iPod and PSP videos. The program also includes an option that allows you to download videos from many popular websites (YouTube, MetaCafe, iFilm etc.). Internet Video Converter is not overly user friendly but video conversions work well.
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Free YouTube Download is an easy to use tool to download videos from YouTube and automatically convert them to AVI, FLV or MP4 format. Simply gather the URLs from your browser and copy/paste them into the download queue. You can optionally customize the file names of the downloaded clips by adding a prefix, postfix and the date. 5 Stars for this one!
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DVDVideoSoft Free Studio combines 20 video and audio conversion utilities into a single interface. The program includes conversion tools to download and convert YouTube videos for portable devices (PSP, iPod, iPhone etc.), convert video soundtracks to MP3 format, video to Flash format, 3gp conversion and much more. It also includes several burning and ripping applications to create CDs and DVDs and extract music from AudioCDs as well as some simple video editing tools.
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All to PSP Converter enables you to convert most common video files to MP4 format for the Playstation Portable. It supports a wide variety of source video formats including AVI, MPEG, vob, wmv, rm, qt, dat video and others. The program also generates the video thumbnail (.thm) along with the converted video file.
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Quick Media Converter enables you to convert between most audio and video formats, including AVI, DVD, Quicktime, Flash, Xvid, DivX, MPEG, MP3, WMA, MP4, 3GP and many others. You can convert multiple files (of different formats) in a single process and optionally customize the output settings in Expert Mode. In addition to media conversion, the program also includes CamStudio, which allows you to record desktop activity to video, as well as a WebCam capture feature that enables you to record video directly from your webcam device. Quick Media Converter uses open source code from softwares such as FFmpeg and FFplayer.
5 Stars for this one!
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Free Zune Video Converter enables you to convert popular video formats (AVI, MPEG, MP4, FLV, MOV and others) to Microsoft Zune compatible video format (WMV, MP4, M4V, MOV). You can customize the video output parameters, including audio and video bitrate, fps, resolution, sampling frequency and more. In addition to video conversion the program can also extract audio tracks from video files to MP3, WMA, M4A or AAC format.
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TubeTilla YouTube Downloader is a simple application that can extract and download video from a YouTube URL and convert it to MP4, WMV or MP3 format to be used with your iPod, iPhone or Windows Media Player. Just paste the YouTube address, wait for the download to finish and select the desired output format to start the conversion. A Pro version is also available for purchase, the free version is limited to a single download at a time.
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Pazera Free Video to Flash Converter enables you to convert video files (AVI, MPEG, MP4, 3GP, MOV, MP3, WAV, WMA and others) into streaming Flash Video format (FLV, SWF) format. The program comes with several predefined conversion profiles and also supports custom encoder settings for advanced users. Standalone software, no installation required.
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PSP Video 9 enables you to convert video files (avi, mpeg, etc) to PlayStation Portable format, and transfer them to your device. It also integrates support for Videora, allowing you to use RSS for podcast-like (PSPcasting) functionality on your PlayStation. PSP Video 9 offers customizable conversion profiles, and batch conversions.
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Pazera Free FLV to AVI Converter enables you to convert Flash video files (FLV, SWF) into AVI or MPG (MPEG-1, MPEG-2) format. The program comes with several predefined conversion profiles and also supports custom encoder settings for advanced users. Standalone software, no installation required. Supported video codecs: XviD, DivX 3, H.264, WMV, MPEG4-FFmpeg, S-Mpeg 4 v. 2, Motion JPEG (MJPEG), HuffYUV. It supports 2-pass decoding : Flash/Sorenson, H.264, MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3), MPEG-2.5 Layer 3, ADPCM, AAC etc.
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Skuld iPod Converter enables you to convert from most popular video formats to iPod MPEG-4 format. You can choose from various output quality and resolution presets, convert multiple video files at once and also set a custom start/end point for each clip, which enables you to export only the selected part of a video without having to convert the entire movie.
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EasyFLV Free FLV Converter enables you to convert your video files (MPEG, AVI, WMV, ASF, MOV) to FLV format for web streaming. The program automatically inserts the FLV meta data into the output file for proper playback and you can optionally add a text watermark to the converted video. Also included comes a (very basic) FLV player that you can use to preview the converted video. EasyFLV uses FFMPEG for video conversion.
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Blackberry Video Converter is a MPlayer front-end that allows you to convert most popular video formats to an AVI file formatted for the Blackberry device. The package includes the encoding engine and everything you need to convert your files. Blackberry Video Converter also supports DVD conversion, however this feature is under development and may not work consistently. The program works with Blackberry Perl, 8800 and Bold.
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Jodix Free iPod Video Converter enables you to convert popular video formats to iPod video. It provides a simple and easy to use interface, just select the file(s) to convert and click a button. You can optionally change output quality and video size as well. The program supports AVI, MPEG, WMV, RM, RMVB, DivX, ASF, and VOB formats.
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Check one or all of those out and find the one you like. Conversion need not be a hassle, most of these are intuitive and easy to use. I have used several and find that conversions from one format to another is a breeze. ;-)
Enjoy!
J.

4 comments:

Owen McGoogie said...

Holy Monkey! Where do you find all these neat toys? ...are you...are you BATMAN???

mantic59 said...

Wow, lots of great stuff. Thanks for collecting them all in one place! You should make this post a permanent link on your sidebar.

Anonymous said...

Good God man! - convert any friggin thing to any friggin thing! You ARE the bomb J video man!

andy said...

Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.