Free iPod Video Converter Tips

An iPod video converter is a software that will allow you to quickly convert your computer media files (avi,mpeg etc) to a format supported by your iPod. This way you can download, transfer, convert and watch all kind of movies, TV shows and other video files on your iPod. There are a lot of free iPod converters out there and most of them include extra software that will allow you to download video before converting it and playing it in your iPod.

Here is what to look for when choosing a free iPod video converter:

– The video converter software must support as many video file formats as possible (avi, mpeg, wmv, mov, divx are just some popular formats). There are video converters that also support conversion of popular audio files (wav, mp3, ogg, m4a etc). Check out if all the necessary encoders and decoders are included in the software.

– The video conversion speed. A lot of converters while they support all the possible video formats, they are really slow and sometimes they freeze causing a lot of frustration. Many video converters do not support multithreading and batch conversion making the process of video conversion a pain. Batch conversion will allow you to convert more than one video files at the same time.

– The user interface must be friendly and designed in a way that will allow even a total newbie to access all the controls and functions of the video converter software. If a software company creates a user friendly iPod video converter, chances are that the video converter will work properly apart from being user friendly.

– Check out if the iPod video converter allows you to convert a part/segment of the movie. This is a demand if you want to watch just a part of a movie show or a football game. Be sure to use the preview feature if any, to see the output result before converting.

– The quality of the converted media file. Many iPod video converters are really fast but the output is disappointing. Video freezes, audio stops playing, screen turns red or green, short audio or video breaks during playback. This is common for some video converters. Especially if you don’t know how to use the conversion process properly. Be careful when adjusting video size, bit rate etc.

Before installing any iPod video converter make sure you have the latest version of firmware for your iPod in order to get the most out of the video converter software. Download the latest firmware for your iPod for free at the apple website.

Qualities of a Good Video Converter Software

If you have a hobby of video collection you may be interested in purchasing a good video conversion tool. However, you must be very careful in identifying the right tool for your requirement. First of all those who don’t know what exactly this kind of software can do, it is important to understand what can be achieved with the help of this software.

Video conversion software allows you to convert a video from one format to the other. A good converter should also be able to convert a video file to audio format and audio files from one format to the other. Ideally the video conversion software should provide support for all video formats which includes formats such as avi (DivX, Xvid, MS compatible), DV (Raw DV for NTSC or PAL), mpeg (DVD, VCD -> NTSC or PAL or HQ), Quicktime (MOV, H.264), MPEG-4 h.264 (mp4), M4V (iPod Small or TV Out), Flash videos (flv), 3GPP H.263 and H.264. It should also be able to make videos for Nokia Nxx, Google Android phones, Blackberry, iPod/iPhone, PSP, PS3, XBox360 and Zune. It should also provide support for important audio file format such as: audio format: wav, mp3, wma, ogg, 3g2 and ac3.

While purchasing the software you must ensure that the software is capable of producing good quality results. There is no point in using software that cannot produce good results even if it is available for free. Following are some of the factors that would help you select the right software for your requirement:

1. The software should be efficient and must produce good quality results.
2. It should be easy to install, easy to understand and easy to operate. It is very important that the software should be user friendly. Not many of us have the time and energy to invest in learning software from scratch. The best software is the one that can be operated with minimum assistance.
3. Good speed is a must. A good tool will be is optimized for multi core processor which means that it uses the native code when the performance actually matters.
4. It should provide complete control to user all points of video conversion process.

If you have many videos in your collection, it can be a real painful task to manage all of them. Some video conversion software also allows video management which can help you manage all your clips in a system.

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