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Although there are a wealth of tools to convert video, few that work with large file sizes are available at no charge. As such, in addition to Format Factory (available for Windows), I was delighted to add these two items:

…VideoSpiritLite and saw that it could convert from and to any of these formats, VCD / SVCD / DVD / MPEG / AVI / DivX/ASF / WMV/DAT / SWF / FLV / 3GP / RM / MP4 / MOV, I was pretty happy and I hadn’t even downloaded the application yet. While I started downloading the LITE version that is free from here I read through its features and it does some really neat stuff, other than converting, like extracting audio or still pictures from video. They do have a PRO version that costs money the only difference between the two products is the ability to edit the videos…You will see an info box when the application starts, prompting you to check that you have each of these three codec packs installed. They are K-lite which I wrote about here, Real Alternative and Quick Time. With these three codec packs you can convert to and from any of the above formats for free!

So, VideoSpiritLite appears to be an app that could meet people’s needs! However, in the comments someone asks a question that I haven’t encountered and feel worth noting here:

I’m looking for a video converter that supports .mkv format. Any ideas?

One response suggests…

To convert MKV, get AviDemux. It is an open-source app, and being actively developed. It supports many great codecs and formats. Get it here:

Visit the web site, and you find out that….

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.Below are milestone and SVN builds for Microsoft Windows. Avidemux is also available for Linux, BSD and Mac OS X.

Since I’m running Mac OS X Leopard at the moment of blog entry creation (smile), I thought I’d explore the Mac version of this tool. I’ve explored the use of Avidemux on GNU/Linux before, though, but hadn’t tried it on Mac yet. My experience hasn’t been entirely positive…and there’s a real need for a Mac video conversion utility since iSquint and VisualHub were discontinued.

Unfortunately, after download, the program didn’t work. C’est la vie.

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