Programs like VLC Media Player or SMPlayer play nearly all media formats that you throw at them. Video converters come into play if you prefer to use a different program and do not want to install codecs on your system, or want to make the video available on a different device, a smartphone or DVD player for example.
Even if a video is in the correct format, you may prefer to convert the video, for instance to reduce the resolutionto match the native resolution of the device you want to play it in and reduce the size of the file at the same time.
VSCD Free Video Converter is a free program for the Windows operating system that you can use for all of your media converting needs. The program leaves little to be desired functionality wise. You can use it to convert media into different formats, use device-specific conversions, and even have it burn videos files to DVD to watch it in a DVD player.
You can add video files via drag and drop to the program or use the built-in file browser to pick files or folders this way. Add folder offers an interesting option as it allows you to add all videos located in a folder - and all subfolders - to the interface at the same time.
Once you have added your videos it is time to select the output that you want to generate. The best option to do that is to click on Formats in the menu where you can select PC, DVD or mobile devices such as iPod, Xbox or mobile devices. PC formats include avi, mpg, mov, mkv, rm and flv which you can select and configure on the same screen.
The program supports conversion profiles of which several are availably by default. You can create your own conversion profile which becomes then available whenever you convert videos using the program.
Profiles let you configure video and audio settings in detail, including video and audio codec that you want to use, resolution, bitrates and other quality settings.
A click on convert files starts the file conversion process which felt speedy when done on a reasonably fast test system. The program will prompt for a blank DVD if you have selected to create a video DVD.
A video editor is built-in which you can use to cut regions from the video. This can be useful to cut scenes that you do not want included in the resulting video file, or ads if you have recorded a TV show. The editor is easy to use but basic, and not comparable to professional video editing tools. Still, it is ideal for cutting out scenes.
The program leaves little to be desired when it comes to video conversions on the PC. It could use an update on the supported devices, as devices like Apple's iPhone, Android or iPad are missing.It is a great program if you are currently looking for a video converter.
The program is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. (via Addictive Tips)
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