How to Save a Video From Facebook Easily

Save Facebook Videos in a few steps
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Ever seen a funny or great video on Facebook and wondered how you could save it to your mobile device, tablet or computer? Here is one method from Online Convert which we found to work flawlessly. Remember, in case the video may be too large or you want to convert it to another file extension you can do so here for free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Sharing Online

 

When Facebook first started it was all about staying in touch with friends and family members all over the world. However, the past few years, social media trends have changed and now people are sharing just about everything. Users are now sharing so many different images and videos everyday. Many of us log onto Facebook and social media sites now to simply enjoy the funny and awesome photos, videos and stories which other users share. It is a ritual for users to now log on to their Facebook accounts just to see them daily. In fact, video sharing and viewing on social media sites have become very popular. So much so that there are now tons of people who have dedicated themselves to making videos and sharing them on sites like YouTube and other websites.

 

Check out how to How to Make a Video File Smaller

 

Monetizing Through Video Sharing

 

Those that create videos which viewed and are shared frequently end up making a lot of money doing so. This explains why so many people are creating videos and sharing them online now. YouTube pays very well for those who have numerous subscribers on their profiles and for each view their videos receive.

But what if you see a video and want to be able to see again later without being logged into your Facebook account? Maybe you want to save it on your device to be able to see if as much as you want and show it to others later on. Perhaps you simply want to share with someone who does not have a Facebook account. Some people just want to share the video directly from their account as opposed to sharing it from another source. After all, what’s the point of seeing a really great video if you yourself can’t save it to your device? Whatever the reason might be, luckily, there is an easy way to save the videos so you can do what you want with them.

 

How to Save the Video Easy

 

The first step is to log into your Facebook profile.

Next, you go to the page or person’s profile where the video has been uploaded to and shared with everyone.

You now want to go to the Adress bar at the top of the browser (See photo 1) where www.Facebook.com is located. Once here you simply highlight the address and copy it.

 

How to Save a Video From Facebook Easily - Picture 1

 

Next, you go to the Online Convert site here – http://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-avi and paste the URL address (See photo 2) then hit enter.

Save Facebook Videos Easyly

 

 

** NOTE ** We have used AVI as the default file extension which to download the Facebook video. However, you can change the file format to any other extension you want to download the video such as MP3, MP4, FLV or any of the other many formats Online Convert lets you choose from.
There are also other options you can choose from such as changing the screen size, video quality and many other options.

 

 

You may also want to read about the Top Video Converter Apps Of The Year

 

Next step is to simply hit convert video (See photo 3) and you are done. Your video should be ready in a few seconds depending on the size of the video and your download speed.

Easily Download Facebook Videos in 3 easy steps

 

Simply choose where to save the video to and you are ready to look at your Facebook video, re-share it or do anything else you would like with it. :Remember, you can easily convert the videos here on Online Convert to FLV, MPEG, MP4, MOV or any of the other many file extensions we offer video conversion to.

 

3 Great Ideas How To Send Holiday Greetings This Year

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Christmas is just around the corner. During this stressful time of preparation and planning, its important to take a step back to breathe. And please do not forget your loved ones over all the stress!

If you are lucky, you can visit or are visited by family this year to spend the holiday of love and giving with them. However, sometimes it’s simply impossible to invite all relatives or friends over for a Christmas dinner or party. Show them that they are not forgotten with festive holiday greetings!

We from Online-Convert.com have some great ideas for you on how to give your far-away living relatives and friends a special holiday treat. Check them out below:

 

Record a Holiday Video

Fireplace
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If you want to do something really special for your loved ones, why not record a little video of your family with a nice message for the holidays and some stunning visuals of your apartment, decoration, or the snow outside?

No matter if you want to create an image collage or just record a short, festive clip with your phone, a holiday video is a little treat everyone can enjoy.

 

Today, thanks to the use of smartphones, everyone can record a video and send it across the globe. However, make sure that your video is in a format the receiver can open as well. The iPhone, for example, records videos in another format than other smartphones, and not every computer or operating system may be able to open them.

Likewise, if you plan on uploading the video to YouTube or Vimeo, they may need a special format, bit rate, or size to be accepted by the video platform.

 

We recommend:

Convert videos you want to send to your family and friends, or upload to the web, to the MP4 format. It’s the most widely supported and common video format.

 

Send Your Loved Ones a Holiday Card

Christmas Card
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The more traditional approach is to send a visually appealing holiday card. Send season’s greetings from home, a cabin in the mountains, or a sunny beach — wherever you may be this Christmas.

 

With regard to Chrostmas cards you will have to consider the means of sending though. DO you plan to send your card via e-mail? Then it should be in a format that can be opened on any computer or laptop. Do you want to send it using WhatsApp? Then make sure it can be opened on a smartphone.  Do you want to send your card using a social media platform or even use it as your seasonal Twitter or Facebook banner? Then make sure that there will be no loss in quality when you upload your card.

 

We recommend:

For all kinds of sending means, we propose you convert your images to JPG. The format is supported by Windows and Mac computers as well as Android and iOS devices.

However, if you want to distribute your holiday card via Twitter, Facebook or another social media platform, we recommend the PNG format as it causes less or even no quality loss when posting on your wall or feed.

 

Write a Holiday Letter to Your Family

Christmas Letter

Pictures say more than a thousand words, but sometimes it’s better to nevertheless share some words. Writing a holiday letter this Christmas will not only tell your family that you thought of them, but will keep them up-to-date with your life as well.

 

Again, when saving your letter, keep in mind how you want your relatives and friends to receive it. Do you wish to send your letter, all traditionally, via mail? Then you should choose a format that doesn’t change or get crooked while printing, especially if you use a lot formatting, images, and decorations.

If you send your letter as an e-mail attachment, you have to make sure that everyone can open and read it—preferably with no layout changes as well.

 

We recommend:

No matter if you are using Apple Pages, Microsoft Word or any other word processing software, there is one go-to format you should use for your end-product: PDF

PDFs can be opened by Mac and Microsoft computers alike and there are many free apps available that open PDF files on your smartphone. Furthermore, PDF contains a fixed layout and everyone will see the document like you intend them to. This is also true for printing.

 

Send Your Holiday Greetings

It doesn’t really matter which form of sharing your holiday cheer you will use. In the end, all that matters is that you took some time to prepare a sweet little message for your friends and family this season.

Merry Christmas!

Does Bit Rate Matter? Test Yourself! [Audio Examples]

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If you have looked into audio or video files a bit more in-depth, you surely stumbled over the term bit rate. When you are creating or converting video and audio files, the bit rate plays a crucial role when it comes to the audio quality of your respective voice recording, music piece, movie, or video clip. Thus, we at Online-Convert.com decided to wrap up some information that you should know about bit rate!

At the end of the article, you will also find two examples to listen to. Because, yes, bit rate does matter!

 

What Is Bit Rate?

Before we dive into the reasons why bit rate is important to consider when working with audio or video files, lets first have a look at what bit rate is.

Do not get confused as bit rate is a term used for general data transmission, e.g. in your internet connection, as well. It simply states how much data (bits) are transferred in a certain amount of time. This is also true for audio data contained in music, voice recording, or video files. However, what you should be interested in is what the bit rate affects in an audio file; namely quality.

It is comparable to the resolution of an image. The higher the bit rate, the better the quality of your audio or video file. For example, the sound of an MP3 file with a bit rate of 192 kbps will be much better and clearer as of a file that only uses 32 kbps. The image quality of a video is also dependent of the bit rate.

The reason of this is that more data is transmitted during playback when a higher bit rate was chosen. With a slower bit rate, naturally, less data is transferred. Thus, sound and image quality are reduced.

It is commonly measured using bits per second (bps), kilobits per second (kbps) or megabits per second (mbps).

 

Here, the rule of thumb is: The higher the bit rate the better the quality of an audio or video!

 

Can I Hear The Difference?

No we settled that the bit rate chosen changes the quality of our audio and video files. Yet, is this difference even noticeable? Can you hear the difference between different bit rates?

The simple answer is: yes; but when is something really easy? Of course the changes in quality are both audible and visible across different bit rates, however the difference between a low and high bit rate is naturally easier to find than between a high and even higher bit rate.

But listen to yourself! Below, you will find different MP3 files that were all converted to MP3 by the same method, but using a different bit rate.

 

Example: MP3

Here’s the audible proof that you can hear the difference in bit rate throughout an audio file.

We have taken a WAV file (find it here) and converted it to MP3 using an online MP3 converter.  During conversion, we applied no other changes than the bit rate. Play each file to see (or rather hear) if you can notice the difference.

32 kbps  192 kbps  320 kbps

The difference between the first and second track is striking. There was certainly a loss in quality when converting the original WAV file to a 32 kbps MP3. You surely wouldn’t want to listen to music with such a low bit rate.

Depending on the headphones or speakers you use, however, you will not hear a difference between the later two tracks. It seems like, quality-wise, recordings with 192 kbps sound just as good as 320 kbps. It is not only a matter of gear though, whether you hear the difference or not. Your ears may also play a role in this. Some people are unable to hear the difference in similar bit rates.

 

Which Bit Rate Should You Use?

So, does bit rate matter or not? When you listened to our examples, you can surely agree with us: yes, bit rate matters! The difference in quality, especially between low and high bit rates is undoubtedly there. However, you would have to be an audiophile with high end gear to hear differences in higher bit rates — or just naturally very good ears.

 

Thus, when ripping a CD or converting a lossless audio file to a lossy format, what bit rate should be used?

It’s assumed that 256 kbps is the most commonly used high-quality bit rate for audio files like MP3 or AAC. Lossless audio files usually have a bit rate between 400 and 1.411 kbps.

It differs quite a lot more when it comes to video files: YouTube allows for 6.8 mbps videos while 8 to 15 mbps are in the HDTV quality range. Videos on Blu-ray discs, for example, can have a maximum bit rate of 40 mbps.

 

For personal usage, there is another factor you should consider: file size. Take the three examples from above. If we compare the file size between these MP3 files we get the following results:

  • 32 kbps — 144 KB
  • 192 kbps — 848 KB
  • 320 kbps — 1.37 MB

As expected, the file size increases the higher the bit rate is. Quality surely comes with a price. What does that mean for the casual music lover? Find the perfect balance between quality and file size. If you don’t hear much of a difference between the 192 kbps and 320 kbps file, you can easily grab the smaller file and put it onto your MP3 player or phone.

How to Make a Video File Smaller

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Everyone has a cell phone or some sort of electronic gadget which allows them to record just about everything these days. Furthermore, most of these devices now let you record the videos in HD format which can make them extremely huge in size. It is because of this that the size of the videos makes it almost impossible to upload and/or share via social media sites or with your friends and family. Here we have a how to make a video file smaller article which will tell you what to do in order to overcome that obstacle.

 

 

Why Go Smaller?

There are many reasons why you should compress or change the format of your videos in order to make them smaller. For one, most social media sites limit the size of the videos you can upload to their sites and rightly so. Take Facebook, for example, which limits the sizes of uploaded videos to 1 GB or 1024MB. While your video may only be about 2 GB or bigger, imagine what would happen if sites allowed millions of users to upload those huge videos all day? Before long their servers would overload and become full. Second, sharing the video with friends or family members can be a problem. If they do not have a fast speed connection or limited data usage from their carrier, it will make downloading those big size videos files from you take forever. They would also end up using all of their data packages before long while trying to download the video. Lastly, converting the videos to smaller sizes also saves you time and space on your device. Proof that videos do not really need to be large in size or length is the huge success that sites like Vine are having lately. These websites are dedicated to users uploading and sharing all kinds of videos all day. However, they are limited to just about 6 and half seconds.

 

Be sure to also look at How to Convert Video for Android Phones

 

Convert and Make Adjustments

One of the first things you will need to do is convert your video to either .mp4 or .flv format. Both of these have smaller sizes than your other formats. You can also change your bitrates to a lower value or resize the dimensions of the video as well. Adjusting the bitrate works really well since bitrate constitutes the volume of data that can be processed in an appropriated amount of time. When it comes to videos, the higher the bitrates, the better the quality of the image and audio of the video. However, it also means that it will be a larger size as well. Compressing the video will reduce the overall quality of the video. Still, it will make sharing and uploading to social media sites that much easier and better in the long run. You can also or may have to change the resolution of the video as well. The resolution is represents the size of the video as far how wide and tall it is in terms of pixels.

 

Change the Format

Being able to change the format of your large size videos is a blessing which so many users appreciate being able to do. It used to be that in order to do so before, most people had to buy or use an expensive program or software. However, thanks to sites like Online-Convert, that is no longer necessary. Here you can quickly and easily change the format of your video; and it’s all free! Your video can be changed to MOV (QuickTime Movie) MP4, AVI (Audio Video Interleaved) WMV (Windows Media Video and other formats. If you do not want to convert your video or change the format for fear of losing quality then there there are other options as well. You can simply divide your video into several smaller clips. However, deciding what part of the video to divide it at can make this process an arduous and time consuming one sometimes.

 

Here’s another helpful article which you may also find interesting; What is the Best Video Format?

 

In the end, knowing how to make a video file smaller or how to convert it will save you and those you share your videos with a lot of time and space. Take advantage of sites such as this one which make conversion of your video files easy and quick.

Open All Kinds Of Video Files With QuickTime

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If you are using a Mac or any other Apple device like the iPhone or iPad, you surely have heard about the QuickTime media player or it’s corresponding app. Even when you are a Windows or Android user, it is possible for you to use QuickTime to watch videos or listen to music. It has been quite some time since QuickTime had been exclusively for Apple users.

However versatile and popular the media player may be though, there are still problems regarding certain file formats or codecs. QuickTime, even though it supports most video and audio files, has difficulties opening certain files. But don’t worry, there is still a way how to watch your favorite movie or listen to your favorite sing using the player you have!

 

Native QuickTime Files

There is one file format that is native to Apple’s QuickTime player: The MOV file.

MOV is a video container format similar to MP4. For QuickTime use one could even say that the two formats are nearly interchangeable even though MP4 is receiving better support by both hardware and software media players.

MOV files are, as stated, container files. This means that they do not only contain video data, but audio data as well. Text data can be included as well, for example for subtitle usage.

 

 

Files QuickTime Can Open

Depending on the video and audio codecs used, there is quite a bunch of files you can play, view and open using the QuickTime player. Newer versions of the media player can also edit, save, and share videos and other media formats.

Here’s a list with the most common formats supported by QuickTime:

Video Files Audio Files Image Files
  • 3GP, 3GPP, 3G2
  • AVI
  • DV Stream
  • MPEG-2
  • MP4, M4V
  • MOV
  • AAC
  • AIFF
  • M4A
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • BMP
  • GIF
  • JPEG, JPG
  • PSD
  • PICT
  • PNG
  • TGA
  • TIFF

 

Play All Video & Audio Files

While QuickTime supports a lot of files, it may still happen that you are unable to open a video or song in the media player. In this case, the file either uses a codec that’s not supported by QuickTime, or the file is in a format that QuickTime does not support.

In that case, you can download add ons for QuickTime the allow you to, for example, play back ASF, Flash Video or OGG files. Or you can download and install another player that supports the file and codec you are using.

Check out this article on Best Open Source Video and Music Players.

 

But what if you don’t want to download and install a new program just to open a single video? What if you are on mobile and want a quick and space-saving solution?

 

Convert your files to the QuickTime Format

Video files like FLV, MKV, WEBM or WMV can not be natively opened by QuickTime. If you still want to use QuickTime to view them though, you can convert them to MOV. By converting these files into the MOV format, you do not have to install any other application or program.

Likewise, audio files like FLAC, OGG, OPUS or WMA are not supported by Apple’s media player. For these files, you can either use iTunes or convert them into a format supported by QuickTime using an audio file converter as well.

 

Using online conversion you save time, space and nerves if you want to quickly convert a file for your QuickTime player. Don’t bother with downloading new players or even more apps to your phone: use what you already have!

 

Xbox File Converter Free & Easy

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For those looking for programs or websites which offer X-Box file converter free & easy then Online-Convert.com has all the tools you need. With so many file formats available these days it is often hard to find the right kind of file to play on your gaming consoles. This is true whether you have a mobile device, tablet or an Xbox or another kind of game console.  

 

No Software Needed

Many people think that in order for them to be able to convert their files to play on their gaming consoles they need to buy expensive software being offered on the Internet. Still, others resort to downloading bloated programs which you have to install on your computer or devices in order to convert the files. The bad part about most of these programs that they offer for free is that they are usually filled with either PUP ( unwanted adware, spyware) or a virus. In other cases, they contain a Trojan virus which can steal your personal information and even hijack your computer, tablet or device. Yet the truth is that none of these are true when it comes to converting files for your consoles. Thankfully, on our website you do not need to do any of those things. You simply need to upload your file to our site and Online-Convert will do the rest for you. Best of all, our site has one of the highest ratings for safety and security.

Read more here for other Files Supported By Xbox One.

 

Can you play mp4, MVK, DivX Files on Xbox 360?

One of the questions most Xbox One or Xbox 360 users have is “Can you play mp4, DivX or MVK files on the console?” According to Microsoft’s support pages, the answer varies. This is because Mp4 files are inclined to have different video codecs. In many instances these codecs may not be compatible with the gaming console. Unlike Mp4 files, MVK and DivX files need to be converted completely in order to be used or played on the Xbox. This is because Microsoft has very rigid and strict requirements when it comes to the input formats it allows on their Xbox consoles. Nevertheless, once these files are converted properly all the stringent requirements are obsolete.

 

 

Online Convert Makes it Easy

The Xbox 360 console supports many file formats from the MPEG-4 file extensions such as m4v, mp4v, mp4, mov, avi and a few others. Containers like MPEG-4, Quicktime and other video profiles can also be played on the gaming consoles. So what if you have a file which is not supported by your Xbox? Most people used to think that they had to either delete the files, give up on using them, buy an expensive file conversion software or simply buy the game or video in the proper format. However, thanks to sites such as Online-Convert.com that is no longer the case. You can now easily get those files converted into the proper format and begin using them right away.

 

 

Quick File Conversion

If you have files such as MKV which cannot be played on the Xbox console then simply follow our easy to use guides. You can choose the files that you are trying to convert on our dashboard. These include Audio, video, documents, images and several others. Once there, you pick the targeted format you wish to convert the file to and then let our website do the rest. Once the file has been converted, your new file in the format you chose will be begin to automatically download and you are done.

Our Xbox file converter tools are the safest and easiest way to convert those files you may have thought you would never be able to use. Take advantage of these tools and let the games begin, or continue!

 

Adding Media To Your PowerPoint & Keynote Presentation

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Despite the stigma, PowerPoint, Keynote, or other slideshow presentations are still the number one go-to tool for public, educational, and business presentations. No matter if you are presenting on a large or smaller scale, presenting important graphs, keywords, and findings, using a slideshow program makes it easier for you to set up the presentation, and visually more appealing for your audience.

We are not here to tell you how to do or present your findings, but we can help you with a very valid question when it comes to Microsoft’s PowerPoint: What kind of media can I add to my PowerPoint and Keynote slides?

Adding Videos and Audio Files to PowerPoint

While images and graphs, tables and charts add great visual content to your slides, they do not cover the whole spectrum of possibilities. If a video can underline your point or show your findings, you should also present it in your slideshow. For this, you do not have to fiddle with pausing and closing your presentation to open a media player.

Likewise, you can add audio samples and recordings to your presentation without having to click around a lot and let your audience wait.

However, not all media files are supported by Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote programs. To get an overview, we have dived into the specifications of each program and gathered information about the files you can add to your presentation.

Video Files

Following, you will find a list of video files that are supported by Microsoft PowerPoint or Keynote for both Mac and iOS. However, some replaying problems may still occur if the video file is using an unsupported codec. Thus, make sure that you check the presentation beforehand whether the correctly implemented video file can indeed be replayed without problems.

PowerPoint Keynote
  • ASF
  • AVI
  • M4V
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • MPEG, MPG
  • SWF
  • WMV
  • DV, DIF
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • MPEG, MPG
  • QT
It’s recommended to use MP4 video files, using the h.264 video codec and the AAC audio codec. Generally, all formats natively supported by QuickTime can be used for implementation into Keynote presentation.

Audio Files

With regard to Audio files, the codecs used for encoding the audio file plays a role in proper playback as well. Make sure to use a widely used and supported codec, and audio playback in your presentation shouldn’t pose a problem.

PowerPoint Keynote
  • AIFF
  • AU
  • M4A
  • MID, MIDI
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
  • AIFF
  • M4A
  • MP3
  • WAV
It’s recommended to use M4A files that have been encoded using the AAC audio codec. Audio formats that are supported by QuickTime can, usually, be used in Keynote presentations.

Additional Information

The information above are valid for the programs of the following versions:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 & Powerpoint 2016
  • Keynote for Mac (6.0 and later) & Keynote for iOS (2.0 and later)

If you want ti implement a video or audio file that is not supported by either program, do not fret! You can still use a versatile online audio converter to convert your recording or other audio file into a supported format. Likewise, a video converter helps you to convert videos into a format you can implement into your presentation.

Optimize Videos For Dailymotion

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YouTube may be the number one video community, however there are several other alternatives out there where you can watch videos – and upload your own! In an earlier article, we already talked about how videos should and can be optimized to be uploaded to Vimeo. Another video platform that could be interesting for users that either do not trust YouTube or seek to upload content that may be blocked by YouTube in other countries can trustfully turn to Dailymotion!

Dailymotion is a video platform that allows users to watch videos or upload their own. Furthermore, they offer live streaming and even have an own area on the website explicitly for gaming videos and live streams.

However, there are a few things you have to keep in mind when uploading a video to Dailymotion – apart from following the terms of usage with regard to prohibited content.

 

Video File Formats, Size, Codecs, and more

Video File Formats

Dailymotion is, in comparison to other video platforms, rather exclusive when it comes to the file format you can upload.

Video files come in many formats. They differ depending on the device you used to record them, the programs you used to edit them in, or the way you converted them for sending or storing them on your hard drive. Only few of them are supported by Dailymotion:

  • 3GP
  • AVI
  • DV
  • FLV
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • MPEG
  • WMV

When trying to upload a video in another format, encoding errors can occur.

Video and Audio Codecs

No matter what format you use for your video file, it must be encoded in a way that Dailymotion can handle the file. Following is a list with the supported video codecs:

  • DivX
  • H.264
  • MPEG-2
  • VC-1
  • WMV9

For best quality, it is recommended to use the H.264 video codec.

Likewise, the audio codec used for the audio data in the video plays a role in whether Dailymotion will be able to upload the video without a problem. The recommended audio codec to use is AAC, however the following codecs are supported as well:

  • AAC
  • MP3
  • MPEG Layer 2
  • WMA9

Video Size and Resolution

The maximum file size for uploads to Dailymotion is 2 GB and the videos can not be longer than 60 minutes.

The screen resolutions supported by the platform range from standard definition to high definition with different aspect ratios possible.

  • 640 x 480
  • 840 x 480
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 3840 x 2160

Frame Rates and Bitrate

Two other aspects to keep in mind when optimizing your video are frame rate and bitrate, the latter for both audio and video data.

The recommended frame rate for Dailymotion videos is 25 frames per second, however 24 FPS and 30 FPS are supported as well.

When it comes to bitrate, the one of the video should be between 1.2 and 4 Mbps. The audio should have a bitrate between 128 and 320 Kbps.

 

Video Optimizing

Using the right program makes it fairly easy to optimize your video for the usage on Dailymotion. If you don’t want to download and install a program, however, you can use an online video converter that supports video optimization as well.

Video Options

 

Thus, to be on the safe side, follow the uploading guidelines from Dailymotion and convert your video to one of the supported formats.

How To Choose A Good File Converter

Online File ConversionWhile there are very many file converters out there, finding the perfect one for you file conversion needs can at times prove to be a daunting task. There are many views as to what makes a great converter different from the rest and here is my two cents on the matter:

Online or Offline

By offline, I mean the normal software programs that need to be installed on your computer before they can be used. While these types of converters were popular a decade or 2 back, you can agree with me that they are slowly being phased out by their online cousins.

Online converters provide an easier solution to anyone’s conversion needs. The best part about it that they do not need any installation. From here onwards when I say converters I will be referring to online converters.

Free or Paid

While there are a few good online file converters that will require a subscription to access all features, you can definitely find a much better alternative that provides free online file conversion. There’s no need to spend money on a product that you can find for free – I might sound frugal, but I’m sure you agree with me here.

Your File Conversion Needs

People always have different file conversion needs. Online converters allow the user to convert different types of file to different formats. Something that would otherwise required you to install a number of conversion programs on your computer.

Whether you want an

you can be sure that you can find a single online converting tool for all these.

No Ads

Will all know of those online file conversion sites that have ads everywhere. The ads make the site look clunky, unappealing and less user friendly. A great online file conversion tool should provide the best features without bombarding you with meaningless ads. An online conversion site should have no ads (if possible), or just one or two well-placed ad(s). This lets the site have a user friendly interface that is both professional and appealing to its visitors.

One should always make sure that they choose an online file conversion tool that is fast, has different types of conversion options, is user friendly and simple to use.

Guest blog entry by Alfred

 

Files Supported By Your Wii U

Wii U
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Over the past two weeks, we have had a look at files and other media supported by some of the leading gaming consoles on the market; the PlayStation 4, PSP, and PS Vita and the Xbox One. Today, we shall have a look at the more “family friendly” gaming console from Nintendo, the Wii U. Lets find out which media files, discs, and streaming services are supported by the Nintendo console.

Discs and Games

Contrary to the Xbox One and PS4, the Wii U is able to support almost all already existing Wii games. Using the Wii menu on your new Wii U enables you to play the old games for the consoles predecessor, as well as downloaded WiiWare and saved game data. Even formerly created Mii’s can be transfered to the new console. This makes the Wii U the most backwards compatible console out of the three. Instead of the Wii U Game Pad, however, you have to use your Wii Remote to play the old games.

Unfortunately, and again contrary to the aforementioned gaming consoles, the Wii U does not play any kind of DVD, Blu-Ray, or audio CD.

In sum, the Wii U supports the following discs and games:

  • Wii U games
  • Wii games

Media Files

While the Nintendo console does have several ports for external devices, the USB storage and SD cards compatible with the Wii U do not allow you to watch media directly from one of these devices. Instead, they can be used to increase the internal storage of the console.

Thus, there is no real chance to plug in a USB stick to your Wii U and watch a movie or listen to music. While this limits the possibilities to watch things using your Wii U console, there is a neat way around this: streaming from your computer directly.
This can be achieved using software like Plex or Playon. After installing the program on your computer and specifying the folder(s) in which you store your media data, your Wii U is able to connect with the apps and play the movie, song, or display pictures via the console.

The downside to this is that you need to keep your computer running to use this service. However, this means there is no file format restriction bound to the Wii U and you can watch videos and pictures, or listen to music of any format supported by the app you are using.

Video on Demand

One way to watch the newest series and movies (and old ones, of course) without having to establish a large collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays at home, is to stream your favorite media online. The Wii U supports different VOD (Video On Demand) channels for this purpose. Keep in mind though, that for some of them an existing membership with the respective service is necessary.

  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Hulu Plus
  • Netflix
  • YouTube

Furthermore, it is possible to stream videos from a home DVR or the television onto the Wii U Game Pad.