[Windows Only] Currently there are many different ways to convert one video format to another. You can make use of several video conversion services online. If you’d like to convert video on your PC using software, we’ve written about a few, such as Free Video And Audio Converter and Quick Media Converter.
Today, I tried a converter called ‘Any Video Converter‘, and I’ll show you a some of the features.
Any Video Converter lets you convert between a large number of video formats such as AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPG, M2TS, MTS, RM, RMVB, QT, and WMV. You can manually adjust the settings for each format or use several presets. The program can also trim and crop portions of video and merge multiple video files. Other features include batch conversion, YouTube downloads, video snapshots and more.
I was the most interested in downloading YouTube videos and converting them to files for Windows Media Player. Most YouTube downloaders or rippers will give you FLV or MP4 formats and Windows Media Player is not always able to play them.
First I went to YouTube and copied the URL of a video I wanted. Then I fired up ‘Any Video Converter’ and clicked on the YouTube icon to paste in the address. I also used the pull down menu at the top right to select the WMV profile.
Once I had the YouTube URL listed, I clicked the “Convert” button and the program automatically started downloading and converting the video from YouTube. I ended up with the original MP4 and a new WMV file in the “My Documents/Any Video Converter” folder on my PC. It works fast and does a good job.
Another feature I liked was the ability to take snapshots of a video using the video preview area of ‘Any Video Converter’. All you have to do is start the video playback and click the snapshot button (circled below).
After you are done clicking a few snapshots, you’ll find the PNG image files in the Snapshot folder under “My Documents/Any Video Converter”.
Here’s a snapshot I took of a video named “Kissing Monkeys”. You’d think only a mother could love a face like that. Don’t be so quick to judge … check the video link below.
Those are the only features I’ve tried so far, but based on that, I’m guessing everything works as advertised. However, this is a free version of a commercial product, and the author does pop up an occasional recommendation to buy the paid version. That’s the only thing I didn’t like very much.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
I found ‘Any Video Converter’ to be useful, flexible and unique in some ways. If you need to convert video formats, you’ll find it’s easy to use and does a good job.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)