Best Video File Converter Tools!

Posted on 07 November 2010

Since film viewing has been digitized, there are millions of file formats software and devices use for their video clips. Nowadays no matter which file format your clip is using, it never seems to be compatible with the software or device where you’d like to use it. This could mean anything from, not being able to read, unsupported format missing or out-of sync audio, to picture problems, and sometimes the movie won’t play at all.

There are various solutions to this problem, but the simplest and best solution is, to gear yourself with a video file converter.

A video file converter tool is software that will re-encode your file into the format you require or even for the exact device where you’d like to play it on, such as you cell-phone, mp3 player, etc.

This doesn’t cost you a dime, as there are a host of excellent free software tools that provide all the functionality you’ll ever need, and the 5 best of those are as follows:

1. SUPER

Pros:

SUPER (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer) uses several open-source tools to support a huge collection of file conversion functionality, for considerably ubiquitous file formats.

Output file formats include all the main PC video and audio formats, and the program also supports creating 3GP and 3G2 files for mobile phones, along with clips for most of the popular mp3 players and mobile devices.


Cons:

Since SUPER provides so much functionality it is bound to come with a complex interface packed with intricate options. It’s worth the effort to take your time and understand it because once you’re familiar with how SUPER works then you’ll be prepared for just about any file format conversion task. Not only that, SUPER can also record streaming internet videos. It’s able to import sequences of images. And there’s excellent support for audio file formats, too.

2. Format Factory

Pros:

One of major problems faced by the less tech-savvy people is that they do not know which format to convert the video to, in order to make it play properly. If that’s your case then “Format Factory” is the software for you.

If you do not know what file format is supported by your device, then you can select the “All device” feature in Format factory, and it has a list of pre-sets for most popular devices such as, iPod, iPhone, Sony handsets, PSP, Nokia handsets, etc. Just select your desired device and you have a compatible format.

And this is just the start. Format Factory can also convert audio files and images, join videos and audio files together, repair corrupted video files, rip CDs and DVDs, create ISO images – there are useful capabilities everywhere you look.

Cons:

The program is a little buggy, crashing a few times in our tests. But if you can avoid these traps then Format Factory is effective, and fairly easy to use. Drag and drop a file choose an output format and settings, and the program will usually be creating your video in just a few clicks.

3. Handbrake

Pros:

If all you need is good customized video, suitable for your iPod or iPhone, Handbrake will prove to be an excellent choice. The program provides a lengthy list of advanced options to control the final results of the video file.

But if you prefer a simple life, then you can ignore all these and have the software just specify the source and destination file names; choose one of the presets and the desired movie will start converting.

Cons:

The output format options are rather more limited. You can only convert to MP4, or MKV, and that’s it.

4. HAMSTER

Hamster has a well-designed GUI (graphical user interface) that manages to include plenty of powerful features, without compromising on ease of use.

Importing files is as easy as dragging and dropping, for instance. Batch file conversion is possible so you can drop as many files as you like, and all the usual formats are supported.

You can choose predefined formats that will work on particular devices:

iPods                      iPad

iPhone                   BlackBerry

HTC                        Nexus

Nokia                     iRiver

Creative                 Zune

Archos                   Xbox

PSP                        PS3

You can easily set your codec according to your file resolution. Your preferred settings can then be saved in a list of Favorites for easy recall later.

5. Miro Video Converter

Most conversion carry millions of features, which we rarely need, and that only complicates things. Miro has has gotten rid of this problem, by getting rid settings and options to make the program as simple as it can possibly be.

You can easily drag and drop your file into the Miro video converter window.

Next, you’re able to choose your output type. There’s a specific setting for your device (whether it be an iPod or a sony mp3 player).

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