Working with video and audio can get a little tricky, especially when you’re working with different formats. This is a brief guide on the tools you can use to convert media from one format to another. I’ve broken the guide down into two categories; First, the costly professional encoders, and second, freeware based encoders.
Adobe Media Encoder - This is Adobe’s tool for video conversion, it is included with the Adobe Creative Suite. If you are in need of complete control over your encode, and would like to use a flash based codec, this is your best choice. http://www.adobe.com
Apple Compressor- This program is available via the app store on your Apple computer. It is a professional video encoder and can encode to nearly any format short of .wmv, .flv, or .avi. Compressor gives you complete control over all aspects of your encode. http://apple.com/compressor
Apple Quicktime- Installed by default on Apple computers, Quicktime can be used not only to record, save, and trim videos but can also export videos in a multitude of Quicktime based formats.http://apple.com/quicktime
RealPlayer- A free universal Audio and Video player. Along with the Media player, Real also provides a converter. This converter can encode videos to a multitude of formats. http://realplayer.com
Handbrake- Free, open source, cross-platform media encoder that can take video and encode it to many different formats. This can be downloaded for free from their website, http://handbrake.fr/
VLC- With VLC, not only can you open nearly any format of video, but you can also then encode that video to another format. This program is very helpful when dealing with uncommon video formats.www.videolan.org
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