Sometimes, I feel bad for my mother-in-law. Even though she has triumphed over the venerable age of 60 and has a stronger technical proficiency than most people her age, sometimes she gets sucked into the junkware jungle and ends up goobering her PC.
One day I took a look at her laptop and noticed she was trying to convert a video to a different format. I found a few “extras” along with that converted video…
She Googled around and ended up downloaded a spyware infested program called Format Factory.
The good news is that Format Factory actually worked for her purposes but the bad news is that it surreptitiously installed bloatware on her PC that dragged it to a crawl.
I then realized something.
Sometimes people will keep using bad software, even if it debilitates their PC’s, because it continues to produce a desirable outcome.
If something works… we’ll keep using it. We get comfortable with it and then vehemently defend our software and take umbrage with anyone who points out its flaws.
What’s up with that?
Anyway, I’ve got news for you. If you’re using anything other than Miro Video Converter to convert your files you might want to take a step back and consider why?
The cardinal reason I use Miro is because it works. But the second biggest benefit is that I’ve never seen the installer trick me into installing smuggleware. Miro isn’t subjected to the chicanery of those other programs that coerce you to opt-in to baseless offers.
Honesty and integrity go a long way and I think this partially because of the open-source nature of the Miro project.
Simplicity is the third reason I use Miro.
Just drag and drop the video you want to convert into the Miro application.
If you have multiple videos; no problem, drag them all and Miro queues them up.
Then you can select your output file format:
Kindle Fire and Playstation Portable are nestled under the Other category.
The Format section lets you convert to WEBM, MP4 or Ogg Theora. You can even use Miro to convert virtually any video file to MP3s if you want.
Click the lime green Convert button
In a few minutes your freshly pressed video will be sitting in the Miro Video Converter folder of your Windows Video library
The real beauty of Miro Video Converter is that it doesn’t overload you with features and it does what it was designed to do: convert video files. The installation footprint is small and it doesn’t try to do too much.
I’m a big fan of doing one thing and doing that one thing well. I think Miro nailed it.
Sure, it lacks the robustness of bigger applications out there but ultimately I think you get more than what you give up.
So what do you think of Miro Video Converter? Do you know of any better alternatives? I haven’t found any but please let me know in the comments!