Video Conversion Basics: What You Need to Know for Better Results

You don’t need to spend a lot of time learning the intricacies of video conversion. With basic knowledge, you can get the most out of your chosen converter software.

Here are some simple things you need to know to make the process a breeze:

Understand a few simple terms

There are at least two different types of video files: the container and the codec. The container format consists of many types of data compressed through standardized codes. The container describes the file’s structure: the location of the different pieces, how they’re interleaved, and which pieces use which codecs. It may also specify an audio or video codec. Codec, the short term for compressor/decompressor, allows storage of digital music, movies, and photos in compact, manageable file forms. These can be opened or decompressed to deliver the original contents. Common video codecs include XViD, DivX, 3ivx, and MPEG 1 to 4.

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Adjust settings appropriately

Most grainy and pixelated video clips available online are results of bad conversion techniques. Videos that are poorly converted end up looking too blurry you can barely see what’s happening.  To avoid this, use the correct output settings for the converted video. Most of the video conversion software available today have different optimized profiles to fit different multimedia devices.

You may explore your software and see which effects and settings are available. Understanding everything about video formats may not be a requirement, but it will make you do a better job at converting.