Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Any Video Converter

Finally...  a program that will transcode Subtitled MKV files to .MP4 or AVI, and Keep the Subtitles intact.  I discovered Any Video Converter This weekend.  There are actually a plethora of applications that have been reversed engineered, and have the exact same functionality as AVC; I chose it because it was the first hit on my Google search.  I'm not all that sure if AVC is actually the original version, but it doesn't matter it works.  AVC is sort of a Jack of all trades in terms of Transcoding.  Initially it's a DVD Ripper.  It will Rip any non-DRM DVD and automatically transcode it in the file format you want.  It gives  complete flexibility in terms of Subtitles and Alternate Audio Tracks.  As stated above it's biggest plus is the ability to transcode any file type including MKV files into file types usable by various media devices.  The best part is unlike other transcoding programs you don't have to break the Subtitle file out of the MKV before you can transcode.  If the Subtitle file exist and is embedded it will write it into the new file.  The application will also allow conversion of YouTube videos, so those handy YouTube channels from Funimation and Bandai Entertainment become free game to download and watch on your devices, it even cuts out the commercials.  The Output is determined by the Profile for the device that you have selected.  The Profiles set the file type and the appropriate resolution for the Output device.  Devices that are available, among others, are:  XBOX 360, iPod, iPhone, Zune, and PSP.  So far the program is working great, at this very moment I'm downloading and transcoding all 26 episodes of Ouran High School Hosts Club off of YouTube for watching on my XBOX.  I hope you don't think less of me.