Miro Video Converter review
For hardcore video conversion and DVD ripping, we’ve long sworn by Handbrake, an open-source toolkit with a highly configurable interface. But what if your needs are simpler? What if you can’t be bothered faffing around with settings you barely understand?
Then, sir or madam, we humbly suggest Miro Video Converter. It’s new, cross-platform and makes video conversion an easy, drag-and-drop affair. The application isn’t much to look at, but you can simply drag videos to this unassuming tool or browse for clips on your drive.
Deposit a clip and you’ll be prompted to pick from a range of prefabricated conversion templates. The majority of these are targeted at mobile devices, so you can crunch video and carry it around with you. iPhone, iPad and iPod are options, as are various Android devices and even the PSP. More impressively, there’s support for the currently mooted HTML5 supported video formats: WebM, Theora and MP4. In fact, the tool supports all the most popular protocols. These include Windows-centric containers like AVI and WMV as well as Flash and QuickTime.
Performance is as quick as you can expect from a tool that has to recode video. You shave off some time with the simplicity of the interface. However, what you gain in ease of use, you lose in user configuration. You’re pretty much stuck with the default presets.
Miro is a slick and entirely free tool from the same folks who brought you the Miro Video Player. Both are impressive and well worth a download.