Wednesday 24 March 2010

Ultimate Video Converter

The proverb "Necessity is the mother of invention", is quite apt for what I intend to write about in this post.

My son has a Sansa E200 MP3 player, which can play only a few restricted video formats. There are multitude of video converters on the internet. The only downside is most of the good ones aren't FREE.

He is learning Visual Basic Programming and he thought why not write a program using Visual Basic to build a Video Converter that best suits his needs. So he diligently wrote a program titled "Ultimate Video Converter", which converts videos from the most common file formats like avi, mp4, wmv, divx to a compatible file format usable by both portable and PC/laptop based multimedia players. The results of this personal project are quite commendable. Here is the link to his Ultimate Video Converter home page (Click Here) on Sourceforge. His effort has been commended by Softpedia and his program now finds a place on their Website.

From a personal perspective, I did a bit of testing, wherein I converted a High Definition wmv file to mp4 file to play on my iPhone and was impressed with the results. There is absolutely no noticeable difference in quality in the two file formats. As Steve Jobs said in his presentation whilst unveiling the iPad, "It just works".

Any suggestions on improving the program are most welcome, which I will pass on to my son.

Here is a video of the program "Ultimate Video Converter" in operation.


Anonymous said...

Hello....I'm just a visitor who found your blog by an attempt to find a souce on the web relative to a Samsung ECX 1 camera.....I got this through my father-in-law's death and I can't figure out anything on main concern is how to get the door open to see about batteries....the door says Use a pin?????? Or, is this the type of camera which goes on a charger.....could you help??? And of course I don't have a manual.. Egads!!! Thanks for your help. Ruralchick.....In the midwest part of USA

Unknown said...


It has been a while since I used the Samsung ECX1 camera. I am just telling this from memory. First things first, the camera I have is a manual film camera. I suppose that is the one you have. If you look at the bottom of the camera, you will find a small metallic point, which holds the lid over the battery compartment. This is spring loaded and can be opened by using any pointed object like a pin. Poke into the metallic point and slide the battery compartment lid. You will find a battery inside. I don't remember the battery model, but it is one of those non-rechargeable ones. It however lasts a long time.

I hope you find what you are looking for.


Anonymous said...

You are wonderful!! Thank you so much for the help. It is a manual camera.....and now I can open it to check on the batteries! Thank goodness for your the way I read a bit more and it was interesting!

Best Regards...