How To Select the Best Video Converter

By on March 4, 2014

Have you ever found yourself needing to convert a video file in order to play it on a different device, like your tablet or phone? If so, you’ve probably hopped into a search engine and hunted for some free video converting software. Although a simple search will provide a list of efficient video converters that will get the job done, sometimes.

Before you select and download just any video converting program, you need to know the answers to these two questions:

What files do I want to convert? To which format do I want them to be converted?

These questions are critical because, like many media players (i.e. Windows Media Player & QuickTime), they can only handle a certain types of file formats. Some of the common file formats may include, but are definitely not limited to:

  • M4V (the file format for Apple and PlayStation portables)
  • WMV (Windows Media Video)
  • SVI (Samsung video for portable players)
  • AVI (Audio Video Interleave, a container developed by Microsoft)

Maybe some of these look familiar, maybe they don’t. Either way, you first need to figure out the file format of the video you want to convert. Second, you need to determine the file formats with which your end device is compatible. This information will be available in your user manual, or you can do a quick web search to find the answer(s). After determining the starting format and the desired ending format, you’re prepared to shop around for an eligible converter. However, if you’re in a rush and need something quick, many converters will display the platforms they support. Furthermore, there are plenty of free converters that will likely meet your needs, so don’t get sucked into spending money if you don’t need to. Do your research.


Other tangibles to consider when assessing eligible video converters

Of course, determining conversion compatibility should be first on your checklist when selecting an ideal video converter. However, other features of competing software can make or break your user experience. Try to dig in and figure out which program will offer the quickest conversions. Nobody likes to wait and the best video converters on the market will make conversion speed a priority.

Another tip involves looking into the user interface of each program. Instead of downloading the software and testing things on your own, head over to YouTube and look for tutorials and reviews. Professional tech bloggers and writers make videos about new software all the time. In these videos you’ll get an in-depth glance at the user interface and learn some neat tips on how to efficiently use the software.

Finally, look into the output quality. The last thing you want is a converter that offers insanely fast conversions with terrible playback quality. In an ideal situation, you want to watch your videos in the same quality across every device. Scour user reviews to uncover any potential playback issues, among others.


So Who Might Need a Video Converter?

Video converter software is especially valuable for individuals who own Apple handhelds, like an iPad, iPhone or iPod, but primarily use a Windows PC. In many instances, these individuals want to transfer their files to their mobile devices, but are unable to do so because of incompatible files.

Video converting software is also beneficial for people who want to convert homemade DVDs to a playable format on their mobile device. However, copying entire videos that are protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is not feasible because the DVD contents are protected through encryption.


Mark Healey

About Mark Healey

Mark has a degree in Exercise Science from Miami University in Oxford, OH. He enjoys writing about fitness, health and sports. He works in Digital Marketing and for fun enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors.

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