The development of various technologies has made it easier than ever, not only to record videos, but also to share them with friends. However, different types of devices are used for the purpose—tablets, smartphones, and video cameras—and one who has used one type to do his recording is often faced with the problem of converting it so that a friend with a device of another kind can view it without having to make any radical changes. To complicate, there are many formats in which videos may be recorded—WebM, Ogg Theora, AVI, H264, MOV, WMV, XVID, MKV, FLV and mp4 are just a few.
Fortunately, the evolution of technology has also kept pace with this kind of proliferation, so that there are now devices designed for converting videos that have been recorded on a machine of one kind so that they can be transferred to another kind with the greatest of ease. Several of them will be described below.
Miro Video Converter
Miro Video Converter is a “beautiful, simple” way to covert your videos to almost any format, including those mentioned above, as well as mp3 for audio only. With it you can perform such tasks as batch conversion, which is when a series of conversions is performed without the need for manual intervention, and custom sizing, by which the amount of memory space occupied by a video file may be reduced. A video in any of several formats can be converted to mp4, Theora or WebM. Miro Video Converter may be downloaded for free at the company’s website. It works for the iPhone, the iPad and all other devices that use the Android operating system.
An added bonus of the ability of Miro to work with videos of all formats is that the user can have all of his videos in a single place. Miro will also show any additions that you make to your folders without duplicating anything. Equally requiring little effort is sharing videos across computers, as long as they are all on the same network—all that you have to do is click on the Connect tab on the sidebar and open Miro on any other machine on that network. To sync to your mobile phone or tablet, you use a USB cable to connect that device to your computer, pull down the Connect menu in the sidebar, select your phone and drag the desired files onto it. You can also sync automatically. Finally, you can add your favorite download sites to the sidebar and download files from there to your library.
Plex for iOS
The iOS version of Plex has recently been updated. The current version, 3.0, enables syncing videos and audio directly to any iOS device. iPhones, iPads and iPod touches will now have media access. This program must be bought for $4.99 at Gigaom’s app store, with syncing being available only to paid subscriber at $4 per month or $30 for a year-long subscription. One subscriber has remarked that Plex for iOS has made the Plex app on his iPad much more valuable.
Less than a month ago, Plex also made cloud media syncing possible by hooking into DropBox, a popular business cloud service whereby company staff members can store and share files. This new arrangement will give users the ability to sync their DropBox accounts with their personal media collections. Everything can then be streamed to any connected computer device.
doubleTwist provides “lightweight” software for syncing music, photos, videos and even whole playlists and user ratings from iTunes. As with Plex, phones and tablets may be synced to the user’s PC, making files transferable in both directions. Syncing may also be performed wirelessly using AirSync and videos watched on Apple TV with AirPlay. (doubleTwist also has plans for Airport Express, but that program is not yet supported.) The program may be downloaded for free from doubleTwist’s website.
As you see, media sharing does not have to be a tedious chore. There are plenty of programs out there designed to make the task as much a breeze as possible.
Author Bio: Flynn Star is a video and music blogger who use the free video converter when creating videos and sharing them online. You can convert mp3 from KoyoteSoft.com too!