One thing that has always bugged me with the video conversion software available in the market is the overwhelming number of formats and their corresponding compression and quality settings. When I need to convert a video, its usually because it doesn’t work in that format on my favorite device or service, and thus the need to convert. For the newbie, all these options and terms related to compression and resolution and frame rate may be a bit too much.
In general, what a person wants from the converter, while converting a video is –
- The converter should know what format to output in, based on the type of device I select I want to run the video on.
- The converter should have a minimum loss in quality (while conversion), and the compression artifacts should not significantly affect the overall quality of the video
- The size of the output video should preferably be smaller than the input video, but in no case should it be larger than the input video. The compression algorithm/codec used should be efficient.
- If I am an advanced user, the converter should allow me to manually set some basic parameters and quality/codec settings for the conversion.
We want the converter to do this on its own, and without bugging us for details. Evom is a freeware video conversion app for Mac OS X that satisfies the above conditions.
Evom has 4 modes targeted towards different Apple devices and services, also YouTube. Each conversion procedure has some predefined settings, which cannot be changed. This is a good thing, contrary to what you may feel, because the output videos from each of those modes is customized to look best on the target system.
Lets take an example of the iPod video conversion. To convert a video for your iPod Nano, Classic, Touch or an iPhone, all you need to do is drag the video to the Evom window. You’ll see a dialog like this –
All you need to do is click on ‘Convert’. Evom does the conversion and imports the video to your iTunes library. From there, you can easily sync your video to your iPod. Now if you view this video on your Mac, it might seem blurry and pixelated, but since the quality is customized for your iPod, which has a much smaller screen, it looks great on your iPod (this is of course subjective, and also depends on the quality of the source video; the better the source, the better the conversion would be).
Evom saves the converted video files to the ‘Movies’ folder in your home directory, and sadly I couldn’t find a way to change this. This is a feature that I would like to see in future versions.
If you want to convert a video with custom settings, you can just choose the ‘Folder’ option in the video modes (as seen in the above screenshot).
For quality, there are 3 custom settings – High, Medium and Low. You can select from the following output formats – AVI, FLV, HTML5, OGG, OGV, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPG, WMV. Since this option outputs to a specific folder, you can change the output location of the converted video.
You can also customize how many threads of CPU you want to allot to a video conversion, to get the maximum performance out of your CPU. You may also choose to convert more than 1 video simultaneously. There are 2 choices as far as codec is concerned – H.264 and Xvid.