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Miro Video Converter

The developers of the video player Miro have created a new software program that enables you to convert videos.

Miro Video Converter is an easy to use program that can convert most video formats into mp4, ogg Theora or formats that are supported by specific phones or mobile devices.

The biggest advantage of the video converter is its ease of use. All it takes to convert a video is to drag and drop it into the program's interface or use the file browser to pick one, select the output format for the video and click the convert button.

That means it is possible to convert a video in two or three easy steps. While that is handy, especially if you do not know a thing about formats, bitrates or resolutions, it lacks options that you may require.

Miro Video Converter

miro video converter

Advanced users will definitely find the absence options to change video parameters or to queue videos for batch processing problematic, but that's probably not what the program has been designed for in first place.

The program does not support options to change the target resolution, bitrate, or other parameters that may be of importance.

This makes it unusable for advanced users who want these options. It would make sense if the developers of Miro Video Converter would consider adding those options. If they fear that average users would be intimidated by them, they could hide them behind an advanced flag or preference to avoid that.

Miro Video Converter convert the video automatically to the correct resolution and format if one of the supported phones or devices are selected as the conversion target. Supported are among others the iPhone, iPod Touch, Classic and Nano, PSP, G1, HTC Hero, Droid / Milestone, Nexus one, Cliq and Droid Eris.

The video converter uses FFMPEG and FFMPEG2Theora to convert the videos into the desired formats.

Miro Video Converter is available for Windows and Mac operating systems. The developer's have made available the source code of the application as well.

Update: Miro Video Converter is available for Windows and Macintosh systems. The developers have improved the program by adding support for Android and iPhone video to it. The process itself has not changed though. It is still a drag and drop process, with limited options.

What may be new is an option to change the size of the video and aspect ration using the advanced preferences button that is displayed in the interface now.

A stub installer is offered for Windows by default that may contain advertisement. You can download the full installer instead from the project website to avoid this.

Please note that it has not been updated in the past two years. This means that you won't find newer devices supported by it. While you may still use the program for conversions, you may find this problematic as you cannot change the target resolution manually.

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Comments

  1. Jenn said on April 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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    I tried using Miro Video Converter and noticed a very very significant decrease in sound quality of the converted video. The AVI file is clear as a bell and the MP4 file is completely distorted- sounding, as though it was recorded in a tin can. Am I the only person having this audio quality issue?

    1. James said on August 19, 2015 at 5:17 am
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      Same audio problem here… I thought I had finally found my the perfect free solution for video converting, but there is a VERY noticeable decrease in sound quality that is killing it for me… no audio settings on the app that I can see…
      *Sigh…* back to the drawing board / hunt…

  2. opensourcewindows said on December 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm
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    i have the same problem as jenn seed , the quality of the sound decrease

  3. passingby said on October 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm
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    Before
    test.avi
    429MB (450058240 bytes)
    00:30:32
    704 x 396
    Video: Windows Media Video 9 704×396 119.88fps [Stream 00]
    Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz stereo 192Kbps [Stream 01]

    After
    test.mp4
    178MB (187527558 bytes)
    00:30:32
    704 x 396
    Video: MPEG4 Video (H264) 704×396 [Video]
    Audio: AAC 48000Hz stereo 1536Kbps [Audio]

    Review
    No noticeable drop in quality, video & sound are practically identical.

  4. mottore said on February 2, 2015 at 10:05 am
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    I tested mp4. although the video quality is perfect and file is very small the audio gets distorted.

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