We recently wrote about Any Video Converter, which is one of the best tools I’ve come across for batch converting those videos you have laying around. Last week I found a new app called XMedia Recode (English translation) for Windows, which is both free and portable. What makes this app so unique is the extensive number of built-in profiles that are included.
What benefits do these profiles offer? They mean you can convert videos to use on your mobile device without having to think about the optimal screen resolution or supported video format. You can just select your device, optionally review/tweak the recommended settings, and kick off the encoding. Does this app have a profile for your device? Probably. It includes profiles for about 35 manufacturers including popular ones like Apple (~35 devices/profiles), Motorola (~25 devices/profiles), HTC (~35 devices/profiles), and many others.
Here’s how simple the process is:
- Drag-and-drop videos from your computer into the file pane located underneath the toolbar.
- Select the video(s) you want to convert in the list (you can use Ctrl/Shift+Click to select more than one)
- On the Format tab select your profile.
- Click the Add Job toolbar button to queue up the video(s).
- Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve finished queuing everything up.
- Click the Encode button to kick off the processing.
If you want you can dive through the additional tabs to configure advanced video and audio settings, or even specify a specific portion of the video to convert.
The only downside? Like most other video converters this one can take some time to process a file. In my experience it is about 1.5 times the length of the video, but that also depends on the starting/ending formats as well as how powerful your machine is. It’s a portable and free app… so there’s no harm in giving it a whirl for yourself.
XMedia Recode Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)
Supported video formats include: 3GP, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AC3, AMR, ASF, AVI, AVISynth, DVD, FLAC, FLV, H.261, H.263, H.264, M4A , M1V, M2V, M4V, Matroska (MKV), MMF, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, TS, TRP, MP2, MP3, MP4, MP4V, MOV, QT, OGG, PSP, (S) VCD , SWF, VOB, WAV, WMA and WMV.