How to Convert Movies for the Sansa Fuze Player

[Windows, Linux, Mac]

Late last year, I spotted a deal that I couldn’t turn down. I was able to buy a Sandisk Sansa Fuze 4G player for about $30 USD. When these were first released in 2008, they were over double that price. I already had an iPod Nano, but I wanted video and photos, and the price of the iPod Touch was over my playtime budget.

If you aren’t familiar with the Fuze, here’s some info from Google Products:

sandisk-sansa-fuzeListen, watch and play all day with 24 hours of battery life and room for up to 2000 songs. The Sansa Fuze from SanDisk is your portable music machine with 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB of storage. Watch your favorite video clips on the Sansa Fuze’s 1.9″ color screen. Jam to FM radio with 40 preset stations, play with the built-in voice recorder, and share your photos wherever you go. Choose from five electric colors: blue, red, pink, black or silver. Incredible battery life in a 0.3″ thin device – the Sansa Fuze marks the next wave of music and video players.

In the past few months, I’ve enjoyed using it at work and play, but there are two things that I definitely don’t like about the Fuze. First, they used a proprietary connector, instead of using a mini-USB. Secondly, they force you to convert all your videos to a weird AVI format, which can only be created by their special Sansa Media Converter (Windows only).

There isn’t much that I could do about the connector, but I’ve finally found an excellent alternative to the Sansa converter, called Video4Fuze. It is supported in Windows, Linux and Mac OSX, unlike Sansa’s lame converter. Now converting full length DVDs for use on my Fuze is as simple as creating an AVI file, then converting it with Video4Fuze. If you are a big fan of downloading Youtube video, the Video4Fuze utility also converts FLV and MP4 videos with no problem.

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Here’s a video showing how to use Video4Fuze.

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Total Video2DVD – A Friend’s Recommendation


[Windows only]

Last week, my friend Rick popped into Google Chat with a question.

Rick: Do you have a moment Clif ?

me: Yes

Rick: Perhaps you can help … I have on my external hard drive, a movie that is in FLV format.

me: Ok

Rick: I am looking for a freeware that can transfer it to a DVD, so that I can play in player. Any ideas on a program?

me: No, not really. I rarely burn DVDs. I’d probably Google for ideas. “how to burn FLV to DVD”

Rick: LOL, for once you can’t help me. That is ok.

me: Thanks for asking. Let me know how it turns out.

A few days later, Rick wrote me an email.

Hello Clif, Well I thought I’d take a moment to tell you how I made out. After using Google, installing and uninstalling several programs (all free of course), I was about to give up when a friend stopped over and said … try “Total Video2DVD” .   It worked out fantastic.   It was as easy as a drag and drop. It does have a small water mark on screen unless you register,   Price $35.95.     But I’m able to deal with the small on-screen water mark.

Happy Holidays,     Rick Campbell

I normally don’t post shareware, but it sounds like the free version is usable. Below is a snapshot of the user interface of Total Video2DVD, and a brief description.


Total Video2Dvd (Old name E.M. AVI to DVD) is an easy-to-use disc authoring and burning software which includes a powerful video converter engine for DVD that lets you do more with your standard or High-Definition digital media.   It creates standard DVD discs with studio-quality personalized menus.

In case you’re curious, there’s also a video showing how it works.

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What free software do you need? Let me know and I’ll give you a recommendation.

Movie to GIF Converter and Animated GIF Frame Extractor


Sometime back we had told you, how to extract frames from GIF images. An update to the tool is available for the software. In addition to that, you can also download a new tool which allows you to convert movies to GIF Animations.

The Movie to Animated GIF Converter allows users to convert a portion or the entire movie to a GIF animation. Supported formats include AVI, MPEG and WMV.

Both downloads are available at Evan’s Freeware.

Free AVI to FLV Converter


Looking to convert AVI files to Flash videos (FLV)? The and open source AVI to FLV converter can come in pretty handy.

FLV Converter will take a AVI file and convert it to the FLV format. In addition to that, it can also extract a specific frame from the video, along with allowing you to customize the FLV video by adding your own logo to it. Want more media tools? Don’t forget to checkout the of Tools to manage your digital life.

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Free Nokia Video Converter

Every mobile phone has their own default media format, you can play other formats too if you have a compatible player installed on it, however if you don’t have one, you will have to convert the videos before you can play it on your mobile phone.

Nokia Video Converter is a   that will allow you to convert any video to a format that can be played on a Nokia phone.


Aneesoft Free Nokia Video Converter is an all-in-one and professional converter for you to enjoy the multimedia on all Nokia mobile phone. It can convert all video and audio formats to 3GP and MPEG-4 video for Nokia N90, Nokia 6205, Nokia E71, Nokia 5800, Nokia E63, Nokia E75, Nokia E71, Nokia N96 and more.

Aneesoft Free Nokia Video Converter can convert all the regular formats such as AVI, MPG(MPEG), WMV, MP4, MOV, VOB, ASF, RM, RMVB, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, DAT, MKV, M4V, TS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC(*.mp4), MPEG2 HD Video (*.mpg; *.mpeg), MPEG-4 TS HD Video(*.ts), MPEG-2 TS HD Video (*.ts), Quick Time HD Video (*.mov), WMV HD Video(*.xwmv), Audio-Video Interleaved HD Video (*.avi), DV, NUT, YUV to 3GP and MP4 video for all the advanced Nokia players.

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Mobile Media Converter

Mobile Media Converter is a video and audio converter to convert between popular desktop formats like MP3, Windows Media Audio (wma), Ogg Vorbis Audio (ogg), Wave Audio (wav), MPEG video, AVI, Windows Media Video (wmv), Flash Video (flv) and commonly used mobile phones formats like AMR audio (amr, awb) and 3GP video. Also, iPod/iPhone compatible MP4 video is also supported.


Mobile Media Converter also includes a integrated downloader, which will allow users to directly download YouTube videos and convert them to any mobile format.

Mobile video converter is cross-platform, so you can use it on Windows as well as on Unix based systems.

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WMV Converter

Wmv Converter is free conversion utility for Windows that convert any video format, such as AVI, MPEG, MP4 and others, into WMV compressed format (video format that has a .wmv extension).

With Wmv Converter you can import your video material from variety of formats, including avi, mpeg, mp4 and convert them into Wmv format. Wmv Converter is fast and user friendly converter with multiple formats output, visual preview area and multiple queue and editing options.

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Free YouTube To iPod Converter

There are times when you may come across a really nice video on and want to copy it to your iPod, however iPod do not support playing of flash videos and you have to convert it to a supported format in order to play it on the iPod.

Free YouTube to iPod Converter is a handy that will allow you to convert YouTube videos to video and audio formats such as MP4, MPEG-4, H.264,MP3, AAC,M4A, which you can then upload and view on your iPod.

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Free: Convert Videos To 3GP Files

3GP files are video format which can be played on mobile phones, the 3GP format was created in order to decrease storage and bandwidth requirements in order to accommodate mobile phones.


If you want to copy and view videos on your mobile phone, it is highly recommended that you convert them to 3GP video format, in order to save disk space on your mobile phone.

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Free MP4 to AVI Converter

MP4, M4V and MP4V are video formats that are playable in QuickTime, a software created by Apple, however if you are do not want to download and install another player just to play the video files, you can easily convert them to AVI files with the Free MP4 to AVI converter.


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