Saturday, March 03, 2012

Free File Conversion Tools

I come across lots of teachers that run into problems with file conversions.  In my line of work, I too need to have several options for saving or converting music or video files working on a Mac or an iPad but providing final projects which can be viewed on a PC in WMV format.  The key thing to remember is that it can be done, easily and for free.  There are several file conversion sites online available to you and Ive the listed my top three below that I use all the time.

For smaller file conversions try Zamzar (<100mb)  Zamzar is very easy to use and will convert the following files: image, document, video, music, e-book and miscellaneous in just four very easy to follow steps.

So, lets say for example you have downloaded a YouTube video but the download is in .flv format, and you want to share with your class via an iPad but .flv files cannot be viewed on the iPad. Simply convert the file to an .m4v file and on the iPad, open in iMovie from your Photo Gallery and you're ready to edit the movie or export as an .m4v type. It really is that easy....
  • Step 1 - Browse for the file you want to convert; 
  • Step 2 - Choose the file type you want to convert it to; 
  • Step 3 - Enter your email address and the final step
  • Step 4 - Click Convert to start the process. 
  • An email is sent to you with a link for you to 'collect' your converted file.
For larger files I like to use Handbrake 

This product offers a free trial and is also very simple, intuitive and effective - it really is a no-brainer!  Handbrake allows you to convert DVD, video and audio files.  
  • To get started, first of all you need to download the "Wondershare Converter Ultimate" application onto your computer, which is straightforward.  Then locate this application and begin the conversion process.
  • Step 1 - Import the file/s you want to convert; 
  • Step 2 - Select the output format you want; 
  • Step 3 - Start the conversion
  • But Handbrake offers so much more should you want it..... it is also a a basic video-editing package where you can trim, crop, adjust video and add subtitles or watermarks online. Have fun making your own movie trailers!
The third file conversion tool I like to use is FileWiggler 
for files of < 200mb

It works in a similar way to Zamzar, allowing conversion of audio and video files very quickly and like the others its free. 
  • Step 1 - Just upload your file; 
  • Step 2 - Select the format you want to convert to
  • Step 3 - Final step just hit GO! 
  • FileWiggler will send a link of the converted file to your email. It's that Simple! 
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