Feb 27, 2008

Converting Media Formats Like A Pro

I am always in the market for conversion software. I can't count on one hand how many times I have had to convert one file format into another for various tasks. I write about it all the time. For my old Samsung phone I had to convert MP3 files to 3GP for instance.

I just found a new cool tool that does some sweet media converting. Specifically audio and video file formats. Okay, maybe it's not all that new, but it's new to me and to you also if you have never heard of it!

This tool is called simply MediaCoder. Here is a quick break down of it's features:

  • mediacoder free audio video transcoderConvert to and from many audio and video compression formats and re-multiplex into various container formats in batches
  • Full control over transcoding parameters, you can learn about audio/video encoding and play with various codecs
  • Strong decoding capability for partial or corrupted contents
  • Simplified UI for popular mobile devices (e.g. PSP, iPhone/iPod)
  • Fully standalone, no dependance on system codecs/splitters
  • Extension (scripting language) infrastructure to expand user interfaces and improve user experience

Another thing I convert all the time is video files. Sometimes Youtube doesn't agree with my media format, or I want to transfer something over to my Tivo, but it only reades MPEG-1 format. These are the cases when I need something that convert from one format (IE WMV to MPG, or AVI to MPG or MPG to AVI, you get the point).

Here is a list of the formats it supports:

What do you use transcoders for? Do you know of another free application that does something similar? Do you know of a better one? Let me know in the comments.

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