converting audio/video files into various formats

By chirag_gajjar
Aug 31, 2006
  1. Hey can anyone please tell me free softwares for converting audio as well as video files from one format to another?
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Use VirtualDub for video, GX Transcoder for audio.

    Mind you, most audio and video formats use lossy compression, meaning that you lose quality every time you convert.
  3. JC_SE

    JC_SE TS Rookie Posts: 34

    audio & video convert

    The post is old but the name on the thread is good.
    I'm bad in english but I have to start somewhere :)

    When converting audio I'm using Audacity and Windows sound recorder the most.
    However, I don't convert very often and I use to avoid formats like WMA, RA, AU
    and similar. WMA might be quite good but the most seems to prefer small filesize
    and bad quality. Should be WAV PCM 44,100 kHz stereo + MP3 192 kbps at least.

    When converting videos I'm using
    Virtual Dub (AVI + MPEG in - AVI out)
    TMPGEnc free version (AVI + MPEG in - MPEG1 out)

    I hate WMV, MOV and RM videos because they use to have a very bad picture
    and sound quality. I know why but hey, it's 2006. Still when I find a good WMV-
    clip on the web, I use to convert it to AVI by using the free version 1.0 of the
    STOIK Video Converter I think STOIK 1.0 is the best version but it isn't available
    for download anylonger. STOIK 2.1.1 is also free but I got errors when I tried it
    (fortunately I still have the 1.0 setup). Later I use to convert the stoik-clip
    in Virtual Dub with the loseless video codec Huffyuv. (even if I already used
    Huffyuv in STOIK, it will not be the same format for some reason). This isn't
    recommended for big commercial movies because of the filesize and it will
    take all too long. umm... I'll stop here.
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