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August 10, 2007

Review: Any Video Coverter

Here's a handy video utility I came across around the beginning of July.  It's called Any-Video-Converter.  It comes in two flavors, one free and one pro.  The pro, of course, costs a little cash.  The free version, however, can still provide some remarkable features.  The main recommended feature is its ability to convert files in the execrable Real Media file format to MPG II (or other flavors of MPG). 

The free version also converts FLV files to MPG and has a feature that allows one to take URLs from YouTube and add it to a video conversion queue.  Doing this, though, is a violation of the YouTube user agreement:

4. General Use of the Website -- Permissions and Restrictions

* * * *

C. You agree not to access User Submissions (defined below) or YouTube Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Website itself, the YouTube Embeddable Player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate.

I assume this also means one cannot legally pull copies of FLV videos from the browser cache and convert them manually.  There are, nonetheless, many legal uses for the software.

Here's a feature list of the free version from the distributor web site:

  • User-friendly interface that is easy to use.
  • Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more
  • Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.
  • Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video
  • Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.
  • Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion.
  • World's fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.
  • Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size...

There are several versions of the Pro software ranging from $29.95 to $39.95.  The comparison chart between all versions is here.  The free version does quite well for itself, even with occasional nag screens asking the user to upgrade.  The conversion process is relatively fast, especially compared to professional conversion software.  Try it for yourself with downloads generally available through this page.  My experience with the program is that it lives up to its hype.

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