CNET Editors' review
There are file converters for all kinds of different files, whether you're converting between different video, audio, or image formats. This might be the first time, however, that we've encountered a program that does all of the above. FormatFactory is an ambitious program that's capable of converting images, videos, and audio files between a number of different formats. Unfortunately, it's not exactly capable of delivering everything it promises.
FormatFactory has a straightforward, intuitive interface; a menu on the left lets users select video, audio, picture, or ROM Device\DVD\CD\ISO. The Advanced menu option even lets users join files together. To use FormatFactory, simply select the kind of file you want to work with, browse to your source folder, confirm the files you want to convert, and click Start. FormatFactory made pretty quick work of most of our files, but its performance wasn't flawless. At one point it inexplicably crashed as we were selecting the files we wanted to convert. When we attempted to convert an MPG to a GIF, something that FormatFactory allegedly permits, it went through the motions of processing but then revealed no actual change in the file. The program comes with a built-in Help file that's not particularly detailed but does contain screenshots to help new users navigate FormatFactory's features. If you need to convert, split, and merge files in a variety of formats, we definitely think FormatFactory is worth checking out. Just be aware that it doesn't always perform as expected.
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Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter. Provides functions below: All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF. All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV. All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA. Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file. MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format. Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux. Format Factory's Feature: 1. support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others. 2. Repair damaged video and audio file. 3. Reducing Multimedia file size. 4. Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats. 5. Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags. 6. DVD Ripper. 7. Supports 60 languages.
What's new in this version: Version 3.3.3: 1. Fixed a bug of "All to 3GP". 2. Added some profiles to "All to ICO". 3. Added JPG quality option. 4. Support keeping the directory structure when converting folders.
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All versions:3.7 stars
out of 299 votes
Current version:3.0 stars
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"Good but buggy as of recently"
Version: FormatFactory 3.3.3
Easy to use, does all the work for you but settings available for tweaking, supports multiple video and audio formats and even image formats and is free
Lot's of bugs as of lately, uses foistware in installer trying to get you to instal things such as ask (although it can be unticked), website not very helpful - version is often out of date, support is bad emails often not replied to.
For free Format Factory is a very handy program. Most converts usually cost and tend to only work on one type of media e.g. audio or video so to get one that supports both audio and video and also image converting alongside other handy tools such as disc formats, and video and audio joining, is pretty rare.
However it sadly does come with a price. Firstly it will try to get you to install extra's. Although this is avoidable it may annoy some users and does cause the program to be flagged by some security programs. It's also very buggy as lately, with one version not converting anything at all. This big bug has been fixed but small bugs appear to be common with this program for example it doesn't seem to like to convert itunes m4a tracks straight to mp3 - you have to convert it to another format e.g. flac and then convert it to mp3
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