Simple Converter for Audio and Video

very good
key review info
application features
  • Converts between popular desktop audio and video formats
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Preparing media files to run on various mobile devices or simply converting them to a different format is not a particularly difficult endeavor. Such a task has been very much simplified and can now be carried out in just a few clicks provided that you’ve chosen the appropriate application.

[admark=1]Despite a glut of media converters that promise to help you complete the job in just a few steps, it looks like there is enough room for another easy-to-manage tool that can handle both video and audio files: Mobile Media Converter.

As the name suggests, it is specially designed for readying our files to be rendered on various devices, but it can also be used for regular conversions from one format to another. It is free of charge.

Installation is straightforward and does not attempt to push unnecessary or third-party software on the system.

Looks are not its strong point, so expect a minimalist, but very intuitive interface. The main application window shows that you can either browse for the items you want to process or you can simply drag and drop them into the window.

In the lower part of the interface, there are the options for choosing the storage location of the output items as well as for picking the desired format you want them converted to. Additionally, you can select a predefined quality level.

Average users and above can also customize the quality of the result by fiddling with audio and/or video options. These include defining a new bitrate, frequency, FPS, audio channels as well as choose from the available video/audio codecs.

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By default, there are only 11 profiles available and only some of them are created for a specific mobile device. They allow you to convert the file to AMR, 3GP, MP3, WMA, WAV, AVI, MPEG1/2, MP4 and iPhone/iPod video.

However, the program comes with a much larger list that includes profiles (at the moment there are 30 of them) for a number of devices, including tablets. Despite the fact that most of them are pretty old (BlackBerry Torch 9800, Samsung Genoa, Nokia N900, HTC Desire), you can still use them.

Furthermore, their settings can be edited in order to adapt to new devices. From the name of the profile, audio and video bitrate values, frequency, video resolution and the number of frames per second to the audio and video codecs, everything can be modified to suit your needs.

The developer accepts new contributions from the users in order to extend the current database of supported mobile devices. This can be done from the Profile Configuration panel.

As far as input formats are concerned, Mobile Media Converter offers support for an extremely wide range of both video and audio types. Among the most popular in the list are MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC, FLAC, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, FLV and MKV. But the list is much longer and also includes formats such as APE, M4A, AMR, 3GP, WebM or M2V and RealMedia video. Basically, the chances for a regular user to attempt to convert an unsupported format are pretty slim.

The functionality of the application is not limited to simply converting a media file; Mobile Media Converter also allows you to cut both video and audio files. As soon as the files are added to the interface, the application makes available an “Actions” button which offers options for trimming the file (audio and video) or cropping (video only).

The menu is extremely poor in options as it displays only the absolutely necessary functions. As such, when it comes to trimming, you get to define the start and end time and Mobile Media Converter will do the rest.

Unfortunately, there is no built-in player to check out the results, but the app can call the default player and run the file.

Mobile Media Converter relies on FFmpeg to carry out the job. During our tests, it ran without a glitch and the system resources used for the conversion process were within reasonable limits, requiring about 25% of the CPU power.

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The Good

It is extremely easy to handle once you get the hang of it. Loading up the files you want to convert is as easy as dragging and dropping them into the main application window. You can customize the settings for each of the available profiles.

It offers support for a wide range of video and audio formats. The application supports ripping DVD-video.

The Bad

Plenty of the conversion profiles are for old mobile devices. Looks are definitely not its strong point.

You can convert either audio or video files at a time.

The Truth

Mobile Media Converter is not particularly suitable for the beginner user. But the average user should have absolutely no trouble working with it. The developer kept everything simple, but in this case it cuts down on usability.

However, it can carry out conversion jobs successfully if the user knows the settings for their device.

user interface 3
features 3
ease of use 4
pricing / value 4

final rating 4
Editor's review
very good