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Something that crops up quite often in my work is the need to convert a video file from one format to another. There are so many different codecs (the type of video compression) and screen resolutions in circulation now it’s hard to keep track. Fortunately for those of us who do technical work but don’t know everything, there is a light and fast software tool that can serve pretty much all your video conversion needs.
All Purpose Video Toolkit
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a video conversion utility, and it’s easy to be glib about such things, but as far as I can see it converts pretty much any video format to any other format. The main reasons I need to convert video these days are for dropping the resolution of 4K clips to edit them in 1080 or switching formats of either video or sound to make clips run in the ancient video-editing software I use.
In a lot of cases for production, you also need to “conform” the source video clips you have to be all one size and weight in order to efficiently edit them together. Also, there are new high efficiency formats like the beloved iPhone HEVC, which at present has poor compatibility with editing software.
Simple Yet Powerful Conversion
Using the software is simple. Download and install it as normal. Start the program, and you’ll see a row of buttons along the top, a big window on the left for the info on the source file, and on the right a preview window for the source video.
Click the video button to add a source clip. You’ll be shown a list of codecs to convert the video to. There’s a lot to choose from, with some 370 video/audio codecs, and you can convert any source to and from 4K UHD and 200 other formats, and all the usual suspects like H.264, MOV, M4V, MPEG4, AVI and even more exotic ones like MKV, M2TS, HEVC/H.265, FLV, WMV. It’s a very comprehensive tool.
As well as specific codecs for manual translation, there are easy-to-use one-click profiles for specific devices, like iPhone XS/X/8 (Plus), iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android Samsung, Huawei, Sony, and Surface. This is in case you don’t know the codec’s specifics required for your conversion but know the target device.
Once you’ve chosen your target format and selected the target directory in the field underneath the main panel, just hit the big blue button, and you’re off.
The software processes the video and saves the resulting conversion to the directory you chose in the previous step. That’s it. The choice of target formats is huge, and I’m pretty sure there’s not a format you’d need that’s not in there somewhere.
All the Details
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is available for download on the link. If you don’t want to spring for it before you try it, you can use the software as a trial, but if you do purchase a license, you can register it right away and get access to the full features. The normal price is $45.95, which to be fair is not crazy expensive, even for a cheapskate like me, but at the moment, if you hurry, you can get it for a mere $29.95.
I can’t recall using a more easy-to-use video conversion utility that covers so many bases as far as target formats are concerned. This is highly recommended. As usual, if you have any questions or comments about this software or video conversion in general, please leave them in the comments below.