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.
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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