When creating home movies with a digital camera, the output file format is sometimes wrong. For example, the digital camera is only capable to record in MOV video file format, but your TV is only capable to play MP4, AVI, or WMV video file formats. This is exactly what happened to me recently.
Video File Conversion
There are many ways to convert video files from one format to other formats.
When converting a lot of data, it really doesn’t make sense to use any online services. They will be slow and unreliable. And depending on your internet connection plan, you may end up paying a large internet bill to your ISP (Internet service provider).
Using commercial products might be an easy way to do things, but you will need more than one software product to convert to various video file formats. And most software creators limit the free use of their products, so again, in case you have a lot of video data to convert, you will need to pay up.
The best way, in my opinion, to convert video files to multiple formats for free is using FFmpeg.
To weigh all possibilities, I converted a 1-minute long MOV video file that was recorded at 29 fps (frames per second) to three other video file formats: MP4, AVI, and WMV.
To do this, I used the completely free and open-source FFmpeg software package.
After downloading the FFmpeg package, you need to unzip it. I recommend using the 7-zip tool for your unzipping needs.
You need to copy the executable file called
ffmpeg.exe located in the
ffmpeg/bin/ subfolder wherever the movie file you want to convert is located.
Then launch Command Prompt via
In the Command Prompt window, first navigate to the location of the video files and ffmpeg.exe, then type and enter the following commands:
ffmpeg -i input.mov -q:v 1 output.mp4
ffmpeg -i input.mov -q:v 1 output.avi
ffmpeg -i input.mov -q:v 1 output.wmv
I used the same FFmpeg command to convert the MOV file to all three other video file formats.
-q:v goes up.
Video File Conversion Results
The AVI file was created almost 7-times faster than the MP4 file. But the AVI file created was 3-times larger than the MP4 file.
The WMV file was created 3-times faster than the MP4 file, but still more than 2-times slower than the AVI file. And the WMV file was even larger than the AVI file.
Here are all the results presented in a single table:
|File||Format||File Size||Increased/Decreased||Conversion Time|
|input file||mov||96,243,792 bytes||-||–|
|output file||mp4||59,955,524 bytes||-37.70%||122 seconds|
|output file||avi||162,320,668 bytes||+68.70%||18 seconds|
|output file||wmv||186,570,991 bytes||+93.90%||42 seconds|
Video File Conversion Recommendations
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