"An (open source) audio/video converter."
MediaCoder is an audio and video conversion utility to take audio or video in one format and convert it into another one. This is useful when players only can display certain types of auditory or visual content and a conversion needs to be made rather than change the player app being used. Lossless audio content formats like FLAC are supported and the compression level can be changed in order to get the best out of the software. Improved compression ratios can be achieved and/or higher audio or video quality achieved when switching from older file formats to new HD quality ones instead.
The installation provides several different approaches to the installation including a recommended, full or custom version. The main differences between the versions are that different audio and video standards are accepted i.e. LAME, MP4, OGG, etc., a shortcut can be added to the desktop, and Start menu folder created.
Once the installation is completed, the software connects to the internet to check if there are any other updates or components needed.
The change log can viewed before closing down the installer package.
A web browser is also opened to launched only to confirm that the package has been successfully installed which surely could be have been achieved in-program.
The interface is rather busy and subsequently a bit confusing initially. The hand-drawn small toolbar buttons at the top offer most of the basic functionality. Conversions can be tasked as a job, making fine adjustments to compression levels and format selected, then a progress bar chart updates in real-time on the progress made.
- Convert video and audio between different formats
- Choose HD formats for smaller file sizes
- Use lossless formats to replace lossy audio quality
- Fast conversion
- Packed with conversion features
- View statistics for conversions
- Title bar changes to update the percentage completed on current job
- Complicated interface due to extensive feature set which will take beginners a while to master
FormatFactory is a good choice as well.
MediaCoder is an excellent audio and video conversion utility that can convert older containers into the latest ones like MP4, MKV and FLAC. Save space on your hard drive by converting your content to something more efficient using this software. Take time to master, but well worth it.
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