Today’s technology has made data access much easier than ever before. Sharing of information has become faster, more convenient and more precise. People are able to view files online in any format they want to.

There is practically no limit on what is to come with regard to information access and file sharing on computers. From cassette tapes and CDs to music from streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music and played on Bluetooth, each day in the tech world is a reinvention and improvement on the day before.

One of the most effective and most in-demand files constantly being accessed online are video files. In fact, streaming sites like Youtube and Vimeo have made a fortune from sharing this type of information, and for providing a platform for people to view these files online. However, it doesn’t end there.

Today, video files are constantly downloaded for offline use and personal consumption. In turn, video player software installed on computers and mobile devices have become extremely commonplace. For instance, streaming service providers like Netflix have recognized the increasing demand of videos and streaming as well as making people’s favorite TV shows and movies readily available for subscribers.

From this, it is quite obvious that video files are important in the market. This is for good reason, considering that videos make it easier for people to digest information and are the most popular platform for home entertainment. That is why software engineers and tech professionals are continually expanding their knowledge about video files, trying to make them as condensed and memory-efficient as possible without losing quality. 

Although high-definition videos normally require much more memory space, converting video files to another format has proven to be the most efficient way to save on memory and to address compatibility issues in the video players installed on PCs and mobile devices. As a matter of fact, converting videos is simple and easy. Read on to know to convert videos at home.

Prepare the Video to be Converted

The process of video converting starts with knowing what one intends to do with the video file. It is important to know first what format the video file is currently in, the frame rate, and bitrate, among some other basic information. These data are useful in many ways, such as checking for file compatibility as well as property comparisons with other video files.

It is also important to note that not all video is the same. Digital video can exist as any format and may use a number of different settings. When a digital video file does not meet specifications, or the file type is bad for the intended use, it must be converted to the proper format, using video encoder hardware or software.

Video encoding is one of those important steps in a video that can determine whether the image output looks good or bad. The technical term for this process is ‘encoding’ but is often referred to as ‘conversion’ or ‘converting’. With converting, the video file is ‘prepared’ by placing it at a certain destination in the desktop computer or mobile device that is highly accessible. As such, most people put their raw video files on the desktop where it is readily available.

Know What Format to Convert To

Different file formats can have variety of functions, and the one video format for a specific file type may not necessarily be the correct one for your intended purpose. Each file format has its own set of specifics, and users should be aware of the quality each one provides as well as its optimum use.

The AVI format is one of the oldest video formats. Due to its simple architecture, AVI files are able to run on a number of different systems like Windows, Macintosh and Linux. This type of file is also supported by popular web browsers.

FLV files are videos that can be played via Adobe Flash Player, web browser plugins or one of several third-party programs. Since virtually everyone has a player installed on their web browser, this type of file has become the most common online video viewing platform used on the web today.

Developed by Microsoft, WMV is a file type that was originally designed for web streaming applications, and created to serve as a ‘competitor’ to RealVideo. Now, it has evolved to be able to cater to more specialized content. WMV files are the most compact video files online as their file size decreases significantly after compression. However, this commonly results in poor video quality.

Another format is the QuickTime file format, which is a popular type for video sharing and viewing amongst online video viewers. Considered to be one of the best looking file formats, MOV files are of high quality and are usually large files.

MP4 is commonly used for sharing video files on the web. These files are relatively small but the quality remains high even after compression. Nowadays, MP4 files have become more popular than FLV for online video sharing.

Use Video Converter Software

There are many reasons to convert a video file to a specific format. As mentioned before, one might want to convert a file to a more memory-efficient file with optimum quality so that it would not take up much space. It may also be for uniformity as one might want to keep all his or her videos organized.

While converting videos in another format is nowhere near as complicated as video editing, some people misconceive that it requires complex understanding of codecs and containers, when in fact it can be done using legitimate software that comes free of charge. Many video converters online can be downloaded to one’s personal computer or mobile to do the job.

The best video converter is flexible and easy to use. Choose a video converter that is not limited to certain file formats, one that can convert to any kind of format there is.  Make sure that attaching files in the software is no hassle.

Furthermore, look for software that handles both online and offline files. This means that if one likes the look of certain videos on YouTube, he or she can quickly and easily convert them into a format suitable for offline viewing on mobile without worrying about data allowance.

Try out the New Format

After attaching the file to be converted and knowing what format it needs to be converted into, the process of encoding can now commence. It usually takes time to convert files depending on the size and length of the video. Be patient in waiting for the files to convert and be advised that it uses your CPU and GPU in order to do so. It may be best to turn off any other software while using your video converter.

After the converting process is done, a good video converter should prompt the user that the encoding is done. Take time to look at the destination of the file, and test whether the file can be read by the device’s video player. For example, a file has been converted from MP4 to MOV for viewing using an Iphone. To check, add the file in the Iphone library and check whether the file can be played in the preferred quality. If it is in the desired quality and acquires the efficient space, then the video conversion is successful.