How to Become
a Saved Again Convert (Video) in a Flash
Bernard Gorman and Shepard
are several leading video formats and a myriad of oddball formats. Most
DVD’s typically use the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG-2) format.
People who share videos on the web often use the DIVX format. People who
own iPods and other personal video players often use some variant of MP4
(H.264) and Apple’s QuickTime.
you can upload content to YouTube in many different formats, YouTube
uses the Flash Video (FLV) format. If you were to only play DVD’s or
only watch YouTube or only share DIVX movies, then the wide variety of
formats shouldn’t concern you. However, if you want to convert your
video files to other formats; for example, to watch your favorite DVD on
your I-Pod or to convert Google or YouTube downloads to a DVD, then
you’ll need some video conversion software.
Software is often distributed in three ways: as commercial (payware)
software; as shareware (trialware); and as freeware. Commercial
software is typically the most expensive. However, along with higher
prices, users should expect user-friendly interfaces, fewer bug and
crashes, and high levels of customer support. Shareware programs are
typically downloaded without cost from websites on a trial basis.
They’re often less-developed than slicker commercial software and they
typically come with less customer support. After trying a program for a
reasonable amount of time, if the users are satisfied, then they will be
asked to pay for and register the programs. If users they find the
programs don’t meet their needs, then they are expected to uninstall the
programs from their systems. Unregistered shareware programs often
become inoperative after the trial period. Freeware programs are
typically downloaded from the web and are offered free of charge. The
programs may be free for several reasons. First, they may have been
developed as part of publicly-funded grant projects and, therefore, are
placed in the public domain. They may have been developed in as a teaser
or an advertisement for a company’s more advanced products. Finally,
they may have been developed as a “labor of love” by software developers
who wanted to show their creativity and who enjoyed mastering a
difficult software engineering project.
talk about commercial, shareware, and freeware video conversion
programs. There are now hundreds of such programs but we’re going to
limit our list to programs that we personally use. Several websites such
as Doom9 (www.doom9.org), Mrbass (www.mrbass.org), and Videohelp (www.videohelp.com)
have extensive free guides and pointers to shareware
and freeware that will give the fine details of using conversion
video editor and authoring programs have some file conversion
capability. These are the programs for serious home users and commercial
studios. If you’ve got the budget, then we’ll recommend:
Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 or
Adobe Premiere Elements (www.adobe.com).
This is the
supreme video editor.
While difficult to learn and very resource-hungry, it’s a totally
Avid Liquid (http://www.avid.com/products/liquid/).
Like Adobe Premiere, a professional toot.
Canopus Procoder 3 (www.canopus.com).
This program is very expensive and y very difficult to learn but it
produces excellent conversions. Kids, don’t try this one at home.
Nero 8 Ultra Edition (www.nero.com).
Nero can do almost any DVD or CD task. Unfortunately, it has very
poor documentation. If you look hard enough, you’ll find some great
video conversion tools.
Pinnacle Studio Plus 11
Pinnacle is a
division of AVID and, like AVID makes pro-class software.
Roxio Easy Media
Converter 10 (www.roxio.com)
This program is often bundled with new computer systems. It’s a
great program for the serious home and educational user.
Ulead® DVD MovieFactory®
The program is
relatively inexpensive and while not in the same class as Premiere
and Avid, it is very user-friendly and it can produce some very
impressive videos in a very short time.
typically cost a modest amount (typically less than $40) but they do an
AVS Video Converter (http://www.avsmedia.com)
Produced by the same company that makes an excellent freeware
viewer, this program can convert a wide variety of files.
Digital Media Converter (www.deskshare.com)
This program can convert a batch of files at once and do so at a
very high speed
DIVX Converter (www.divx.com)
a “pirate format”, DIVX is no included in over 2500 hardware
applications, such as DVD players and camcorders. This program can
convert loads of other to and from DIVX.
Replay Converter (http://applian.com).
This program does a fine job of converting FLV YouTube files to
DVD Creator 9.5 (www.brothersoft.com).
This is a more powerful version of the awesome freeware program,
These programs are
free but that doesn’t mean that you get what you pay for. In fact, some
of them do a better job on some file formats than do their commercial
counterparts. They are well-worth trying. Some of them have very
complex interfaces but help is often available the websites motioned
previously. You’ve got nothing to lose but the time it takes you to
master these programs.
This program can not only convert files; it can also create whole playable
This program will convert a DVD to a portable player format.
Sothink Movie DVD Maker (www.sothinkmedia.com)
Like DVDFLICK, this program converts files, does some minor editing,
and burns DVD’s.
STOIK Video Converter 2.1 (www.stoik.com).
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This continually- evolving program will convert nearly any format to
any other format. It will even convert moving pictures to a series
of still images
and it can strip the
audio from TV programs to create MP3 files
for listening while
you exercise or drive.
Videora iPod Converter (www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/iPod)
As the name says; this one mainly converts files to portable media
all, if you already have some of the payware programs, it’s well worth
your effort to master them in order
to get some very
professional conversions. With nothing to lose, you might find that the
freeware converters solve your conversion problems. Finally, with their
affordable price-tags, the shareware programs may save you hours.