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  • 2.0 stars

    "Gets the job done, but..."

    January 6, 2013  |   By eezee_cnet


    - MediaCoder works.
    - It can and will convert multimedia files to a fair amount of other formats available.
    - It's free. Well. Sort of.


    - It's batch processing is crippled via a nag screen that appears every 10 files converted.
    - Close the program, and MediaCoder (the unregistered version, of course) will open a web site that's trying to sell you something.
    - It's not your traditional 'Donation'-ware because of above mentioned nag screen.
    - The GUI and the options are a bit confusing. There's a learning curve, here.


    MediaCoder is one of the best converters out there. And it might be worth your bucks, considering it gets the converter job done.

    However, it has some limits in it's usage. When you are not willing or able to pay for it, you will bump into the nag screen more than once or twice. Which is annoying to say the least.

    As for converting one file to another; it takes some time to understand where to find the correct options to convert a video in one format to another format. Some understanding of what you are trying to do, will help you a great deal with figuring out what to change in the options before conversion takes place. The end result will be what you expect of it.

    If you lack any kind of knowledge about what sort of media files there are, what the best quality can be, and what to avoid when converting; MediaCoder isn't really for you.

    MediaCoder can get the converter job done. And does it very well, when you know what you are doing.

    The unregistered version of MediaCoder is no fun to work with because of the nag screen that 'asks' for a donation or you must do a calculation to go on with your batch processing of files. It does this after every 10 files converted, with no exception. Every time you use MediaCoder. And after closing MediaCoder, it will open a commercial web site for you with some sort of offer.

    If you are not willing or able to pay for it, than this is the price you must pay for a successful conversion job. You must decide if all this nagging is worth using MediaCoder.

    On a side note:
    MediaCoder might be Open Source, but it lacks all the charm of it. It doesn't 'feel' like an Open Source program at all. It's more like using any other commercial adware or nagware program.

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