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AVI to MP4 Converter

CNET Editors' review

AVI has been around a long time, and there's a lot of video saved in the format. Some devices, including mobile devices, have limited media file compatibility and won't play AVIs. For many users, the simplest solution is to convert the AVI files to MP4 files. AVI to MP4 Converter from A Software Plus is a free utility that can do the job with a minimum of fuss. It converts AVI and similar formats like DivX and Xvid, singly or in batches. We tried it in Windows 7 Home Premium SP1.

AVI to MP4 Converter's user interface is so minimalist that it's not so much spartan as zen, so to speak, and agreeably so. It's little more than a plain rectangular dialog box nearly filled by a main window displaying a file list, plus a handful of simple controls around the edges. For example, the Add and Remove buttons simply bear plus and minus signs, with no labels; the output destination field's browse button isn't labeled, either. But any user should be able to catch on quickly due to a very good graphical layout. Aside from a button linking to the developer's Web site, only two buttons remain: One for selecting the output quality, including Custom settings, and the Convert button.

We added some AVIs from our video library, but before we clicked Convert, we selected the Custom Settings, which included both audio and video bit rate options, frame rate, frame size, aspect ratio, and Crop and Pad size in pixels. The easiest option is the program's default choice, Same Quality, so we chose that and pressed Convert. An animated green bar showed us that the program was processing our file, but the display doesn't track the job's progress, nor is there a counter or timer. But AVI to MP3 Converter worked quickly and displayed a notification when the job was done. Our converted files played normally and with no discernible difference in quality.

AVI to MP4 Converter has no Help file beyond its Web page, though it hardly seems to need one. This simple tool simply does its job. We like that.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.7 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Bummer software"

    March 16, 2014  |   By Chloekchcgi

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    not a bit...Do not install this s***

    Cons

    When it's finished you'll find a lot of useless junk.Antivirus detected sneaky toolbar installations wasted way too much time.

    Summary

    Time waster. ********** is by far better. . Period.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesnt work on windws8 and have SPAM programs!!!!!"

    September 10, 2013  |   By mpa4407

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    nothing pos... doesnt work

    Cons

    does work, have mini programs to "check" "update" and so on my computer.

    DONT DOWNLOAD"!

    Summary

    DONT DOWNLOAD!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "does what it needs to"

    July 20, 2013  |   By nate1928374650

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    Works, easy to use.

    Cons

    slow, no progress bar

    Summary

    does a pretty good job, can't complain, it's free

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  • 4.0 stars

    "does the job"

    June 15, 2013  |   By ericabag

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    basic---although not user friendly...help or anything, anyone can figure this out. there are about only 5 things you can click on and 1 will be right
    you can choose the quality of your output
    it does the job and its free... what else do you need

    Cons

    no progress bar
    junk will download with it if you are not careful and skip the stuff.
    no frills, but if you want avi - mp4 you dont need frills.

    Summary

    if you are looking for all kinds of special stuff find something else. if you are looking for free, definitely get this
    the other reviews about garbage/crapware added. all free and the majority of cnet have additional stuff and you just decline while installing. its not like this is the only download that has this option.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Converted all my files"

    June 14, 2013  |   By tech_gem

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    none found

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Fills up your computer with garbageware"

    May 25, 2013  |   By peter_quale

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    None. It pretends to work.

    Cons

    Took me 30 mins to clean up and I feel dirty now.

    Summary

    I write very few bad reviews. Don't install this crapware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I never write reviews until now"

    March 24, 2013  |   By homer777

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    No pros _

    Cons

    I never write reviews, but this software has motivated me to do so because it is so horrible. It completely fills your browser with crap-ware -- without asking.

    It literally takes a smelly crap on your browser. Find something else!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent... converted all my files"

    March 21, 2013  |   By lovesoftware7

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    extremely easy... i just selected all my files and all were converted in a click... other reviews did nothing but scared me but anyhow I downloaded it and didn't find any kind of spyware etc... there are some offers though which one can deny or accept during installation...

    Cons

    none found yet...

    Summary

    must have for all who want to convert avi to mp4...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "May as well be spyware"

    February 27, 2013  |   By OliviasAtelier

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    I assume the program itself actually worked. Barely.

    Cons

    Installed three different background programs without my consent, including two browser extensions. Once the actual program installed, it would not open right away, saying that it wasn't found in the place it was installed to. Very enraging experience. Also, one of the browser extensions was backed by bing. Why do I always find it installing itself on my computer without consent?

    Summary

    I wouldn't recommend this to anyone ever. Extremely stressful experience all around. Thought the file would have been fine and secure coming from CNET, but apparently not.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Downloaded product, plus two more I didn't want."

    February 2, 2013  |   By splash198

    Version: AVI to MP4 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    I have no idea if it's good or not. I uninstalled everything I had downloaded today, when I saw programs I didn't want

    Cons

    Added a coupon option and something called stronghold. The installation program gives you the impression that it's general permission stuff, but the first two items in the installation process are asking you to install these two programs. Yes, it's ultimately my fault for not reading every line, but it's pretty ****** that cnet doesn't mention these extra programs.

    Summary

    Don't bother.

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