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Windows 7: best video converter opinions

02 Nov 2012   #1
bajamaniac12

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best video converter opinions

well im trying to convert some videos from MP4 to AVI.

so far im having not much luck, i have tried a few programs like wondershare and prism video file converter.

im either loosing alot of picture quality or its taking all day and still loosing quality.

what is the best converter that you guys would suggest?

theres so many to choose from and im not sure which direction to go.


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02 Nov 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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02 Nov 2012   #3
Wishmaster

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Is there a particular reason you want to use avi? MP4 is the superior container.

At any count, I like MeGUI for endoding. And though it has a rather steep learning curve compared to many other choices, it also has many other useful tools and abilities.


For example, if you simply want to change the conatainer format, MeGUI can do that without recoding resulting in quality loss. Best of all, the process takes just seconds. 30seconds - 1 minute depending on file size.


Use TSMuxer (included with MeGUI in the tools) and Demux the Mp4 file.
This will give you the Raw video and Audio stream.

Next, open Megui, and under tools go to: Mexer -> Avi Muxer
In the window that pops up up, Video Input = the raw video stream you extracted Audio Input = the raw Audio stream you extracted.
name it, Que the job and start it.

Youll get a Avi file that has not been recompressed. All that changes is the container (Mp4 to AVI) with no quality loss from the original file.
This entire process will only take a couple minute in total, depending on the file size.


You really only want to recode or re-encode if you have the orginal, or very high quality source. When its already been compressed, compressing further always results in quality reduction. A re-Mux is the best option, or stick with the original format all together.
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04 Nov 2012   #4
Reckless

Windows 7, 64 bit
 
 

Wondershare got a high rating when it came to top 10 video converters. You could always try AVS Converter, it's expensive, but the videos are converted and there is even a surprisingly nice video editing software that comes with it. I'm listing this because it got rated #1 when it came down to converting any format.
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05 Nov 2012   #5
bajamaniac12

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Is there a particular reason you want to use avi? MP4 is the superior container.
i would like to use AVI as when i try to burn a DVD windows DVD maker only lets me use AVI.

i have alot of mp4 video and i would like it on disk so a decent converter would be nice, i have wondershare ultimate ATM but im having trouble getting it to play on my TV.
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06 Nov 2012   #6
gldndragn

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bajamaniac12 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Is there a particular reason you want to use avi? MP4 is the superior container.
i would like to use AVI as when i try to burn a DVD windows DVD maker only lets me use AVI.

i have alot of mp4 video and i would like it on disk so a decent converter would be nice, i have wondershare ultimate ATM but im having trouble getting it to play on my TV.
Try Freemake, it will convert from MP4 to dvd, and burn it too.
I use it all the time.
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06 Nov 2012   #7
Wishmaster

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I think I misunderstood what you were trying to do here. My apologies.

yes, try something like the software recommended. You just need a DVD authoring software that supports the MP4 container.

The Re-Mux trick works well for changing the file type without recoding and loosing quality quickly for playback on the PC. It will be un-needed steps to convert directly to DVD.
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