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MediaCoder

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MediaCoder provides all the tools needed to convert audio and video clips, but it also adds a level of complexity that audiophiles will love. Casual users, however, will be confused and should steer clear.

The program's interface was helpful but also baffling. While it walks you through the setup process, it does so online, which was a bit odd and certainly different. Nevertheless, it coordinated the program setup in a few easy steps. We were able to convert our audio and video files into corresponding formats like MP3, MP4, AMR, WAV, and a few others. MediaCoder works with a single button, though the conversion took several minutes longer than we expected for a 6-minute file. Regardless, the results contained all the data of the original, with the media specifications we requested. The program offers a ton of special features that are great for the audio obsessive but a bit overwhelming for the casual user just looking to convert some files. Its head-spinning array of options are a dream for serious AV lovers and include everything from adjustable bit rates to picture and sound quality settings, and all with descriptions heavy on the jargon and technical terms,--just how they like it. Those seeking a simple, hassle-free converter should look elsewhere, but for users looking to customize files, MediaCoder is perfect.

MediaCoder is freeware.

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    "Works, but buyer beware."

    October 31, 2013  |   By out_there_m

    Version: MediaCoder 0.8.26.5566

    Pros

    Works well, at least for audio conversion from FLAC to MP3. I've not tried video conversion.

    Cons

    1. Not freeware, it's nagware (displays ads using OpenCandy).
    2. For a minimum contribution of $25 the software claims the nags will be removed. Only after paying does the author tell you that the ads will reappear if you run the software without a constant internet connection. The only place where one can discover that a constant internet connection is required is on the page about the premium version.
    3. When asked about this the author's suggestion is to pay an extra $130 (at the time of writing) for a USB dongle that will have to be plugged in whenever the software is used.
    4. When started without an internet connection a popup appears notifying the user that some functionality will actually be disabled if there's no internet connection.
    5. Requires admin rights to be successfully "authorised" with the purchased user ID.

    Summary

    There are apparently some proprietary converters in the software, but otherwise it doesn't do anything that can be done with actual freeware, such as Avanti, though it may cover more formats than the freeware options.

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