Video conversion software

James Orr

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Looking for some help/suggestions as to why Any Video Converter software would cease to convert video files. Used it extensively in the past. But, lately, it refuses to perform desired conversion. Running Win 7 SP1, 64-bit. No recent changes to system?, except for Windows Update. Can anyone shef some light on this. Thanks.
 
The vast majority of "video formats" like avi, mp4, wmv, mkv, etc. aren't actually video formats. They're just containers which hold a video file, audio file(s), subtitles, chapter indices, etc. all combined into a single file. The video file contained can come in a variety of formats. MPEG4 used to be the common one, but today it's mostly h.264. Newer video files sometimes contains h.265 format video.

So if you've got old video software, it's not uncommon for it to stop working on (say) avi files when it used to work fine with (older) avi files. If it only knows how to read MPEG4 and h.264 video, and the new avi video you're trying to process is h.265, it can't even decode the original video to get started.

If this is the cause, you might be able to fix it by installing updated video codecs. K-Lite and CCCP are the ones I usually recommend (install only one, bad things can happen if you install both).
https://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
http://www.cccp-project.net/

For further help or suggestions for alternate software, try this site:
http://www.videohelp.com/
 

Wolfshadw

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Check to see if there is a software update for your conversion program. I ran into that once with my Blu-Ray player software. One week the disk played just fine. The next, it wouldn't load at all. Also, you may need to look for newer codecs.

-Wolf sends
 
The vast majority of "video formats" like avi, mp4, wmv, mkv, etc. aren't actually video formats. They're just containers which hold a video file, audio file(s), subtitles, chapter indices, etc. all combined into a single file. The video file contained can come in a variety of formats. MPEG4 used to be the common one, but today it's mostly h.264. Newer video files sometimes contains h.265 format video.

So if you've got old video software, it's not uncommon for it to stop working on (say) avi files when it used to work fine with (older) avi files. If it only knows how to read MPEG4 and h.264 video, and the new avi video you're trying to process is h.265, it can't even decode the original video to get started.

If this is the cause, you might be able to fix it by installing updated video codecs. K-Lite and CCCP are the ones I usually recommend (install only one, bad things can happen if you install both).
https://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
http://www.cccp-project.net/

For further help or suggestions for alternate software, try this site:
http://www.videohelp.com/
 
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