Convert Media (Video/Audio/Photo) Files from one format to another + Other useful features

Edited by Eng, Charmed, Anonymous

I have used and still am using several programs to change and convert types of Media files into another format, and also to manipulate movies and rip music off movie DVD, and a lot other needed operation. Today I found a very powerful application which combines a lot of useful features for those who need to manipulate their media files. The program is called "FormatFactory".

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Tour of the program

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    You can download it from here :
    http://www.pcfreetime.com
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    Run installation and you will get a Desktop Icon, click on it and the main window will show.
    On the left part you have 5 main categories or tabs, (Video, Audio, Picture, ROM Device\DVD\CD\ISO, and Advanced).
    FormatFactory Main Window.png
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    The main features of the program are:
    Convert Media Files like Videos, Audios, photos from one format to another. Reduce Media file size. Manipulate photos in Zooming and Rotating. and Rip DVD. It also support iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and PSP formats.
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Next we will tour each main category in more details.

Video Tab

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    As you can see from above photo on the left part there are many formats to change to like MP4, AVI, 3GP, WMV, MPG, MOV, FLV, and SWF.
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    On the right part is the Source file.
    you can drag and drop your video file to that area. Once you drag and drop your source file, a Converting settings window will appear where you can select the output file format, like AVI, or WMV… etc. (marked Red Arrow). You may also change the default output file location, click on "Change" button. After that you must click on the "OK" button.
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    Once the Source file or files are in place, you may also select a whole folder.
    You need to hit the "Start" button. You may pause or stop the process at any time you want.
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    As you can see from above photo I chose (MP3) output format (marked in Blue).
    THIS will RIP the sound track from the video source file. If I choose another video format, the program will convert the video into that selected format.
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    If you click on the "Mobile Device" Button.
    You will get a window where you can change and alter many factors and settings for the Output Format, Like Video Size, Bitrate, and FPS (frames per second), …etc. You can set the parameters that suites your need and save those in a new format file or option using the "Save As" button (marked in Blue).
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    Click on any raw of the Setting.
    Like Bitrate to change the Bitrate by selecting from the drop list (marked in Red). Also you may pick any ready settings (marked in Blue).
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Audio Tab

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    As shown in above photo the pre-set output formats are: MP3, WMA, Flac, AAC, MMF, AMR, M4A, M4R, OFF, WAV, and WV.
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    If you click, for example on WMA button.
    It will launch the WMA convert window, in where you can add the source file by clicking the "Add File" (marked in Green), or even add a folder by clicking on "Add Folder" (marked in Red). When you click on it, you can set a filter to select Audio files available in that folder to include into the convert process (marked in Red).
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Picture (photo) Tab

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    The preset output format are JPG, PNG, ICO, BMP, GIF, TIF, PCX, and TGA.
    (marked in Red).
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ROM Device\DVD\CD\ISO Tab

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    This the RIP Category, you can RIP or convert a DVD into Video File, Music CD into Audio File, Convert DVD/CD into ISO/CSO file, and Convert between ISO and CSO files.
    Select the needed action from the left part buttons (marked in Red).
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    Let us try the DVD to Video File, clicking on the button will launch the "DVD to Video File" window.
    A Movie DVD is already in the DVD Device (marked in Yellow). I changed the Output Title to "AVENGERS", selected the Output to MP4, Subtitle Language to EN. Now all I need to do is hit "Convert" (marked in Red).
    DVD to Video.png
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    Now the file is set to go, Click on "Start" Toolbar Button to start converting.
    You may also Pause or Stop at any time.
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Advanced Tab

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    This is a very special tab, where you can [ Join Videos, Rename, Join Audios, And Mix or Dub Video and Music files).
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • One very useful feature is to Tick the "After Converting: Shut Down Computer", especially if you are converting a huge size file or lots of files, which will take a lot of time to finish, so you do not need to stay up until the process is finished to shut down your computer.
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  • When you select Shut down, make sure there is no pending to save files other than the converting process is there, i.e. like an unsaved Word file or anything else that might need your personal prompt once the shut down is due.
  • The Drag & Drop feature is applicable in all windows of source file locating.
  • You may also "Water Mark" the output file, to do so, After you Drag and Drop the Source file, Click on the "Setting" Button (marked in Red).
    Watermark-1.png
    And Then on the showing window, scroll down to "Watermark", click on the expand [+] mark and then click on the Browse button (marked in Red Hexagon) to select the watermark picture, then select the position.
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  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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