Converting video files from one format to another has always been a pain. You’re dealing with large files, tons of different formats and software that offers more settings than mere mortals can possibly comprehend. Programs like Handbrake work well and offer useful presets, but Miro Video Converter goes one step futher. It offers the simplest possible user interface, making transcoding as easy as it possible can.
When creating software, the trick is always to find a balance between flexibility and simplicity. The more flexible a solution is, the more complex the options a user will need to navigate through. And there’s no optimum either. Different users want different things. Miro Video Converter caters to those that want the easiest possible solution. And it works.
I downloaded a movie trailer (QuickTime format, 480p), dragged it onto the application’s “drag here” area, selected my target device from the pulldown menu and clicked the “Convert” button. A minute or so later, there was a second file next to the original. Miro Video Converter offers no control at all over things like bitrate and resolution. Nor can you insert subtitles or anything else. It simply converts the source file into whatever your target device needs. The generated file looked crisp and played back perfectly.
Available presets include popular Android and iOS devices (including the iPad), as well as WebM and Theora (HTML5). If you’re using one of these gadgets and need a simple application to convert video files for use with it, Miro Video Converter comes highly recommended. Available for Windows and Mac OSX.