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Hamster Free Video Converter

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Nearly everyone who plays videos on a PC will come across a file that can't be played. The quick answer is to convert the file to a format your media player can handle. Your media player might even include a file converter, but finding it and figuring out how to use it could take longer than simply downloading and running Hamster Free Video Converter. Its wizard-style interface walks you through each step of converting your unfamiliar video files to a format you can play. You can also use it to standardize your videos in one universally compatible format. Hamster can merge files, too. With drag-and-drop, batch processing, and built-in universal codecs, Hamster is both easy to use and versatile.

Hamster Free Video Converter's orange accents on a dark-gray background give its simple, easy-to-read interface the attractive, up-to-date look of a smartphone app. The wizard walks you through each step of converting videos, starting with Step 1, Add Files. We added files by dragging and dropping them directly into Hamster's interface and by clicking Add Files and browsing to them the usual way. Clicking Next advanced us to the output format step, which involves choosing a device or output format. We simply had to click Devices to select our specific phone, player, or other device. We could also choose from a Formats and Devices list with common file types, or select Merge files. We chose our output format, frame size, frame rate, codec, and other options, pressed Convert, and selected an output directory, and Hamster began processing our files, tracking each item's progress with a colored bar graph and large numerals.

Hamster Free Video Converter would be worth trying for its stylish and refreshing interface alone, even if it weren't a good performer. Fortunately, it is. More and more desktop tools are taking functional cues from mobile apps. Hamster Free Video Converter already has the bold, simple, and colorful look of things to come in Windows, and it makes quick and easy work of a tricky job. Its wizard-based process makes it an especially great choice for inexperienced users.

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