At some point, most people have a moment when they want to transfer video from a computer to a portable device like an iPod or phone. Well, if you’ve been in this situation, then you know that some devices can only play a selection of video formats, and that you usually need a video converter to transfer your video files across to a different format.
Most video converter apps are not free, in fact, they tend to be on the expensive side. But today we are presenting to you a free app from this category.
It’s called Miro Video Converter, and we’ll be sharing our thoughts along with drawing comparisons to a very similar app, Permute!
Miro Video Converter is as simple as it is nice to look at. The interface is reminiscent of other video converter apps like Permute. It works through simple drag-and-drop, and you also have the option to choose the device or format you would like your video converted to through a drop-down menu.
The interface also very light and fast, though speed seems to suffer a little when converting videos.
Once you select a video that you want to have converted, you have to choose the format or device that you would like the file to be converted into (or adapted for). Miro has support for several formats, including:
- Numerous iPods (Touch, Classic, Nano, etc.)
- Numerous Android devices (Nexus One, Droid, G1, etc.)
Along with those, there is also the option to output to formats like MP4 and MP3, as well as Theora and WebM.
As with most free apps, there are some setbacks that the app has in comparison to the paid competitors. First and foremost, you can only convert one video at a time (so you have to choose a video, wait until it converts and then choose another one to have it converted). There’s no queue option available.
Also, if you happen to close the window through the “Quit” button on the top, there’s no way of getting that window to show up again – you have to quit the program and open it again. It’s a small detail, but it’s annoying and confusing.
It also feels a little slow when converting videos, especially when compared to apps like Permute.
My final quibble is that you can’t choose where your converted videos will end up – they’ll be sent by default to the same folder where the original was. But then again, it’s a free app and many of these details can be overlooked by most users.
I did however, experience some problems that were intrusive in my experience with the app and that are hard to overlook. The first time I tried converting some video, it reached around 70% completed and then it suddenly showed a message that my video couldn’t be converted.
I clicked on an option that was supposed to tell me what went wrong, but the app suddenly quit and I received the usual “This app quit unexpectedly” popup. Thankfully this was a one-time thing for me, and it didn’t occur again.
Compared to Permute
Permute is one of our favorite apps here at AppStorm for its simplicity and functionality. Miro Video Converter is very similar to it at first glance, but in fact, Permute has the advantage when it comes to the details.
For example, the glitches and the problems that I had with it make it a bit hard to use. They’d just be frustrating and confusing for an average user.
Then there’s also the format support. Miro supports a good range of devices, but it is lackluster when it comes to actual formats supported. It can only output to MP4, MP3, and a couple other video types. Permute has an impressive amount of output formats, such as MP4, Divx, MPEG1, FLV, WAV, WMV, and the list goes on, including a decent amount of devices supported. Permute also supports “queues”.
But a big factor here is the price. Miro Video Converter goes for free, while Permute has a pretty hefty price in comparison at $15. They both function similarly, but as they say, the devil is in the details. Miro might be fine for low-end users that only convert video occasionally, while Permute is more for people who want a big range of formats that they can output to.
Miro Video Converter does what it promises. It’s perfect for an average user that would like to transfer a movie or a family video to his cell phone or his iPod, but if you are looking for a more in-depth and capable video converter, you might want to get an app like Permute.
Do you know any similar apps? Are you happy with paying for a video converter app? Let us know in the comments!