Looking for a free tool that can convert videos from your extensive, wide-ranging collection into a format that plays on your iPhone? Or just about any device or player? Any Video Converter will do. We're not kidding: Any Video Converter is probably the easiest, most foolproof video converter we've used, freeware or not. It uses Profiles based on your device's maker, including Apple, Sony, Microsoft, and Android, as well as Mobile Phones, HTML5 embedded video, and others.
Any Video Converter's clean, attractive user interface is dominated by a Getting Started screen in the main window, which gets right to the point in explaining how to use the app: add files, select a Profile, and click Convert Now -- all very much to the point, and familiar, too. The Output Profile selector is where things get interesting. The default setting is Apple Products, with Apple iPhone 4 MPEG-4 Movie selected from the drop-down list containing the formats available under each profile. We started by selecting Mobile Phones, which accommodates a wide range of products. We could choose a basic MP4 or choose an Android phone profile, though the end result is the same MPEG-4 encoding. Any Video Converter displayed our added files in the main view with Duration, Format, and other data in a list view. We could select videos individually via check boxes or convert batches. Just to the right of the main view, Any Video Converter has a media player and data panel for previewing selected videos -- not unusual, but handy, and nicely done with expanding sections similar to a tree view offering Audio Options, Video Options, Duration, and other data.
When we'd made our selections, we pressed Convert Now, and Any Video Converter quickly processed our files. Green progress bars tracked each job in the batch, and a nag screen offering a premium upgrade appeared when the program finished. The converted video played perfectly in our player. Any Video Converter also imports videos from the Internet via the File menu or by clicking Adds URLs; just follow the wizard. Though super-easy, Any Video Converter has a top-notch Help file, too.