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Apex Video Converter Super

{rw_text}Giveaway of the day for January 2, 2009 is Apex Video Converter Super [1] v7.54.
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{for=”Features as Described” value=”5″}This program is too buggy to give this higher then a 5.
{for=”Ease of Use” value=”10″}Very easy to use.
{for=”Usefulness” value=”5″}It would be useful if it was not so buggy.
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First let me say that officially, this program does not support Vista, so that may be the reason why this program is so buggy for me, although I doubt it since Apex VCD Ripper worked just fine for me.

Anyway, registration and installation went fine. Even though Vista is not listed as being supported, this program works okay on Vista Home Premium 32-bit albiet it is very buggy. The only thing that I was displeased with is that when you install the software, you are prompted to install Xvid MPEG-4 Codec and Windows Media 9 Runtime files even if you already have them on your computer or have an updated version. Not to mention Windows Media 9 Runtime files are kind of old now. But this is not a big deal. You can refuse to install each of them the program will still install fine. If you are not sure if you already have these files, just install them anyway. No harm will be done if you overwrite your current Xvid codec, and if you have an newer version of the Windows Media files, you will be prompted telling you that installation has been halted because newer version was detected. For registration just copy the registration code from readme.txt and paste in into the designated box in the window that opens up when you hit the “Register” button in the program window.

Okay so this program is pretty straightforward and easy to use. This is what the program window looks like:


As you can see the program window is well documented and self explanatory. When you want to convert a video, click on “Add”. A window will popup that will allow you to browse your computer and find the video you want to convert. The following input formats are supported:


As you can see, .FLV, .SWF and .EXE flash files are not supported as input files. You can add multiple videos to convert. Just click “Add” and browse/select each video you want to convert. I, however, ran into a problem when trying to convert multiple videos at once. As you add more videos, they will be listed in the white box that has “Source Video”, “Split Span”, etc. 9/10 of the time the program crashed if I added more then one video at a time. To remove a video source file, just click on it and press the “Remove” button. The preview window in the bottom-right will allow you to watch the video source files you have loaded into the program.

Once you have the video loaded into the program, you need to decided what format you want your output file to be. If you have multiple videos loaded, you will not be able to pick and choose what output format you want to each individual one. You can only choose one output format for all of them. This program allows you to convert the video into the following formats:


For each output format you have a little customization abilities:




For Apex VCD ripper, the developer had mislabeled the Video Codec and Framerate drop down menus for AVI. They seemed to have fixed it for this program. One thing to take notice of: by default the AVI codec is set to DivX 6.8.5 Codec (2 Logical CPUs). I left it as this codec when I did my first conversion. This codec is S.L.O.W. I changed it to XviD MPEG-4 Codec after that. XviD goes a lot faster and quality is similar.








“Video Profile” has a direct correlation with the quality of the end RM video file. If you change the video profile to accommodate 56k, the quality will obviously be low as opposed to you set it to accommodate broadband.





With iPod ‘Out Profiles’ you can choose some preset profiles:




With MP4 you can chose more then just .mp4 format (under “Output Type”):








With Image, you have the ability to convert your video into an animated .gif file. The quality will be bad, and the .gif file will be huge in size, but if for whatever reason you desire to do this, you can. Other then that, you can turn the first frame of your video into an image. From “Output Type” you chose what format you what the image file to be. Literally all image formats are supported: .gif .bmp .eps .jpg .pcx .psd .pdf .tiff .wmf .emf.

By default, for each format the output location is set to C:/Apex/Video. You can change this by clicking the folder icon and choosing your own location. Every time you change the location to save a video, that location is made the default until you change it again.

Also, you may have noticed, no matter what output format you choose, you have the ability to set it so the program will shut down your computer once the converstion is finished since sometimes converting a video might take a long time.

Once you are done choosing your output format and changing any settings as you desire, just hit the “Convert” button, sit back, and relax. When the converting is done, a window will popup telling you it is finished. Unfortunately you cannot choose the filename of the output file. The program automatically names the output file the same thing as the input file with just the extension being changed respectively. You can, however, rename the file manually after you are done with the ripping. I ran into problems when converting files. A lot of the time the program would crash. Like for example, when I was trying to convert an .AVI file -> MPEG format with the default settings, the program crashed. Other times, conversion was really slow.

As for actual testing, I was about ready to give up the program crashed so many times while I was trying to find a conversion that actually worked. I finally got a .AVI -> .MOV file conversion to work. At default settings, the output .MOV file was 42 mb! The input .AVI file was only 1.05 mb. Stunning. I did the same conversion with FormatFactory and the output .MOV file was only 1 mb.

Overall, I must give this program a thumbs down. The concept is really nice, and the fact that it supports many input/ouput formats is great but the program is way too buggy to get a thumbs up (I would say the program has crashed at least 10 times so far for me…probably more).

Free Alternatives:

Super [17]

With Super, you can literally convert any audio/video file to any audio/video file. The interface is a bit overwhelming at first, but if you learn to navigate it, Super will be your best friend. The only problem is, I do not think Super works properly on Vista. I keep getting continual errors.

You will have to navigate a few pages from the link above to get the the actual download link (keep looking at the bottom of the pages). The pages you have to navigate are actually pretty informative, but if you do not feel like going through all that, this [18] is the direct link to the download.

YouConvertIt.com [19]

You can convert your files via this online website. They will convert your files then email you a link to them.

Squared5 [20]

This video converter supports multiple input/output formats. It works well and is really easy to use but the only problem is I think it is buggy. There are quite a few input formats it claims to support, but they do not work properly.

Any Video Converter [21]

Any Video Converter is an all-in-one video converting freeware with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed, and excellent video quality. It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, RM, RMVB, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, and AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player, or Smartphones.



*Does not have .3gp output format =(

FormatFactory [22]

FormatFactory is a multifunctional media converter. Provides functions below: all to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF; all to MP3//WMA/MMF/AMR/OGG/M4A/WAV; all to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO; rip DVD to video file, Rip Music CD to audio file; MP4 files support; Pod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format; Source files support RMVB. FormatFactory’s features: support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others; repair damaged video and audio file; reducing Multimedia file size; support iphone, ipod multimedia file formats; picture converting supports Zoom, Rotate/Flip, tags; DVD Ripper; supports 35 languages.


PMnet Verdict: As I stated, the concept for this program is really nice and the fact that it supports many input/output formats is great, but the program is way too buggy to be called a keeper. If the program works for you without crashing every other click, then I would say keep it because of the fact that not only can it convert most every video format to most every output format, but it can also rip DVDs and VCDs. But, if you are like me and this program crashes frequently, I would suggest getting FormatFactory. With FormatFactory you will literally be able to convert any video -> any video, any audio -> audio, any image -> any image. And it does not crash very often + it keeps the file size of the output file fairly similar to the original.