Movies on-the-go: Convert to iPod, Blackberry, XBox, iPhone, etc.
Plus How to Choose a Converter

OMG what can’t be done with software today! I found programs that convert and edit movies and other video to a wide range of formats, especially for portable devices. If you carry it, these programs convert movies for it! Each program has basic features to edit, make a title or two or audio or something else to make your “new” movie unique.

And what surprised me is that none is especially resource demanding nor expensive. Each one has a helpful collection of features that’ll make you look great.

My DVD VIDEO LAB 10, Robert Du Vernay

XPress 4: Video Edit/Convert, George Farmington

AVS Video Converter, Kathryn Killmore

Microsoft’s Movie Maker 2.1, Rodger Marion

Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 Plus, Monica van Boren

CyberLink Power Director 7 Ultra, Margaret Hatcher

Movavi VideoSuite 5: Editor and Converter, Samuel J. Pipsky

Charles W. Evans, Reviews Editor

What to Look for in Video Converter Software

When selecting a video converter decide first and foremost what files you have and what they need to convert to. If putting video on an iPod is the main goal, look for a program that will output to MP4. If a friend insists on sending videos created on Mac, which uses formats Windows Media doesn’t like, look for something that can convert MOV to WMV.

Video converter software should convert common formats like WMV, AVI, MP4 and MOV to similarly common formats. The best video converter is defaulted to the most common settings, but powerful enough to customize. The interface should be intuitive and non-threatening to the novice user.

  • Input Files- Comprehensive video converter software should accept a wide variety of input files allowing for maximum compatibility. The number and breadth of input files typically determines the strength of the converter’s overall performance.
  • Output Files- Most only need to output to a handful of formats. Good video converter software will provide a broad selection of outputs accounting for a wide range of users.
  • Features- The features included with good video converter software include the ability to adjust multiple advanced options including video size, codecs, bitrates and frame rates. Most features are reserved for advanced users, but they should be readily available and easy to find.
  • Ease of Use- The software should be simple and intuitive. Tool bars, buttons and menus should be clearly labeled and self-explanatory. The best video converter software will include a large selection of previously-installed codecs, or a place to download necessary ones for free.
  • Help and Support- Almost all video converter programs are easy-to-use and do not require much help; nonetheless, manufacturers should include a comprehensive in-program guide for minor technical difficulties, an FAQ online and an email contact.