Video Codec & Format Conversion with Stoik Video Converter
By: Geetesh Bajaj
June 13th 2004
February 23rd 2009
There are several shareware and freeware applications that allow you to convert between codecs and video formats - one such tool is Stoik's amazing free product - Stoik Video Converter.
You'll find Stoik Video Converter listed under the free downloads section on the Stoik website.
- Open Stoik Video Converter - the application as you can see has
an easy, single screen interface (see screenshot).
- Let's go through all the options:
Input File: Browse to and choose the input video file. Stoik Video Converter can open AVI (including DV AVI), MPEG, DAT (Video CD) and WMV (WindowsMedia) files.
Output File: Choose the name and location of your output video file.
Output File Type: You can save the output as AVI and WMV videos.
Rendering Options: If you check the option that says 'Keep input file parameters' Stoik Video Converter will retain the input video file properties like video size and frame rate.
If you want to change these options, remove the check next to this option and you'll find that the Video and Audio buttons are no longer grayed out.
Clip Splitting Mode: Since we are only converting codecs and formats in this tutorial, I've chosen the 'Don't split video to clip sequence' option.
Compression Options: You'll find two drop down selection boxes here where you can choose any of the video and audio codecs installed on your system.
If you need to distribute your video, or include it in a presentation that has to be distributed, choose a common video codec like Cinepak or Intel Indeo (see screenshot above).
Similarly, choose a common audio codec like Microsoft ADPCM. Click Start.
- Stoik Video Converter starts saving the new video output file with a
new codec and format applied (see screenshot).
Stoik Video Converter does so much more than what you learnt in this basic tutorial -for instance, you can split videos to a file sequence. You can also resize videos.