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Nathan Daniels Dec 28, 2009, 02:34pm EST Report Abuse
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I love computers but anything having to do with music or videos makes me want to stick my head in the oven. I've got several dozen large movies in various unknown formats and I want to convert them all to wmv for Zune and XBox 360 compatibility. Every single free converter I have tried has created output files with a/v out of sync and/or it took nearly an hour to convert each video. I know this is a hardware site but surely you folks convert videos sometimes. What do you all use?

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kOrny Dec 28, 2009, 02:36pm EST Report Abuse
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>> Re: I need a good video conveter!
I use one called ArcSoft MediaConverter. Not sure if it's free.. it came with my video camera. Does the job but I've only used it a couple times.

John Doe Dec 28, 2009, 02:54pm EST Report Abuse
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have you tried mediacoder? its an excellent free program that does a fine job at encoding audio in many different formats. i know it does video too, though never tried that out...

TamTheBam Dec 28, 2009, 02:59pm EST Report Abuse
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Nathan, it would help if you told us what formats you want to convert to/from.
I use ConvertX. It's the mutts nuts! Probably the best converter I've come across.
It does what I need it to do. There's a few versions. BlueRay to DVD, DVD to AVi, etc, etc.

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Nathan Daniels Dec 28, 2009, 03:12pm EST Report Abuse
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Edited: Dec 28, 2009, 03:14pm EST

 
>> Re: I need a good video conveter!
d-d-double post! Sorry!

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Nathan Daniels Dec 28, 2009, 03:13pm EST Report Abuse
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>> Re: I need a good video conveter!
Most of the files have a .avi extension which I don't think helps because hundreds of codecs use than extension. In fact, even though the XBox shouldn't be able to play .avis, some of them work just fine. This Arcsoft Media converter is working very well and quickly, but at $50, I may hold off on it for now.

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kOrny Dec 28, 2009, 03:14pm EST Report Abuse
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Hmm. I am able to play all my .avi files on my xbox. They don't work on yours?

Nathan Daniels Dec 28, 2009, 03:17pm EST Report Abuse
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>> Re: I need a good video conveter!
Some do but most don't.

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Adam Kolak Dec 28, 2009, 10:21pm EST Report Abuse
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Microsoft has a free video converter that would probably be good for converting videos for Zune and Xbox. I've downloaded and installed it but honestly have not found much time (or useful reasons) to actually use it.

Microsft Expression Encoder 3 Free Download Here:
http://www.microsoft.com/Expression/try-it/default.aspx?filter=encoder3

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Dec 29, 2009, 12:42pm EST Report Abuse
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>> Re: I need a good video conveter!
Take a look at HandBrake:
http://handbrake.fr/

Runs on Windows, Linux or Mac.

Dublin_Gunner Dec 29, 2009, 05:26pm EST Report Abuse
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McFly said:
Take a look at HandBrake:
http://handbrake.fr/

Runs on Windows, Linux or Mac.



Thats what I use

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Nathan Daniels Dec 29, 2009, 11:02pm EST Report Abuse
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Arcsoft MediaConverter is perhaps the greatest program I have seen. Super simple and fast. BUT it's 50 bucks I just can't spend. I think Handbrake can do the job just fine, though it has a lot of advanced options that can lead to lots of errors on my behalf.

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Jan 06, 2010, 12:54pm EST Report Abuse
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VLC media player has a very nice video transcoder as well.

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>> Re: I need a good video conveter!
I usually use TMPGEnc for my video needs because for me, that's the only CUDA encoder/transcoder that works. Still uses 20% of my cpu when converting videos, but it takes 3 minutes for an average file rather than 40-50 minutes it took with my other encoder.

It doesn't have a preset to convert to zune or zune HD but if you know the settings that video needs to have, it lets you do everything manually.

Here is a link to their site: http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com/en/product/te4xp.html

You can prolly torrent it

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Jan 06, 2010, 01:24pm EST Report Abuse
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Yeah, I've used TMPGEnc in the past and it always worked really well. And CUDA support sounds like a big plus.


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