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Prism Free Video Converter for Mac

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With the number of available formats and the speed of conversion as its main advantages, Prism Free Video Converter for Mac offers a useful and easy-to-use solution for those who need to easily change saved video files from one format to another.

During the installation this software tries to install a toolbar, which the user can easily prevent by unchecking the option. Prism Free Video Converter for Mac lacks advanced graphics but its main menu buttons are designed well enough to be useful. Users can manually add individual files or entire folders for batch processing via large top menu icons. In the same area, DVDs can be added and the conversion process, itself, can be initiated. The large main window shows a list of the files ready to be converted, and a bottom bar allows the user to select from a number of options. These include the output location and the type of format for conversion. The number of options for this are extensive, which is an advantage, and all of the major types are covered. Additionally, compression, quality, and size can be adjusted depending on the user's needs. An icon, which has an informative graphic, starts the conversion process, which completes as quickly as with other, competing programs.

For those looking to convert batches of video files to another format, Prism Free Video Converter for Mac's basic, but intuitive interface, and available formats make it a good choice.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE OF THIS SOFTWARE"

    January 1, 2013  |   By johnthebog

    Version: Prism Free Video Converter 1.88

    Pros

    Bought this software and used it a few times and it initially worked.

    Cons

    After using only a few times, every time I attempted to use the software it said I needed to upgrade and it will cost more $$$. The version I had purchased stopped executing. Downloaded this later version to see if it worked using the USER NAME and registration code provided by PRISM when I originally purchased the software. Of course, it did not work.

    Summary

    My impression of this software is that it is a come-on where they hope you will purchase the software, use it a few times, and then they can sell you an upgrade. The original software I purchased should have never stopped working but then how could they ever sell all those upgrades? I would never buy software from PRISM again!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works pretty nice, but missing important features"

    September 11, 2011  |   By bbeyond001

    Version: Prism Free Video Converter 1.71

    Pros

    Easy to install, works reasonably fast, good video quality and lots of settings are available to convert. You can even convert dvd files directly from a harddrive directory without the need of the actual DVD movie disc.

    Cons

    Can't select the language output or desired subtitles!

    Summary

    Nice software, but missing important language en subtitle features.

    I wanted to convert a multi language DVD movie of which the output was in Spanish. On the DVD you can set the language to the original English with multiple subtitles. When converting it just converts the Spanish version, without to option to convert it in English - with or without subtitles.

    Personally I think any converting software should have the option to convert to any available language which is on the disc and with the desired subtitles.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FREEZES, FREEZES!!!!!!!"

    May 16, 2010  |   By Onebrick

    Version: Prism Free Video Converter 1.23

    Pros

    None, none, none!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    FREEZES-FREEZES-FREEZES

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Was exactly what I needed"

    February 10, 2010  |   By davg

    Version: Prism Free Video Converter 1.28

    Pros

    Converted AVI (WMV3) to MP4 perfectly
    Has 14 day free trial (I think about $30 after that to purchase)

    Cons

    My initial converstion to MPEG on the Mac didn't seem to work

    Summary

    This did exactly what I wanted, which is convert old video files to more portable newer ones. This is very easy to use and seemingly well supported software. Thanks!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finally a video conversion program that doesn't freeze."

    May 14, 2009  |   By Matteog999

    Version: Prism Free Video Converter 1.23

    Pros

    IT does what it's supposed to do, I've tried several other converters and they all freeze or conver into ahuge file. This doesn't freeze and shrinks the video's very well.

    Cons

    video quality conversion could be higher

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crap Software"

    May 12, 2009  |   By harrymossnet

    Version: Prism Free Video Converter 1.23

    Pros

    Get HandBrake

    Cons

    Get It From http://www.handbrake.fr

    Summary

    What A Load Of Crap It Dosen't Work

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not ready for prime time!! Product doesn't work."

    May 7, 2009  |   By frailin

    Version: Prism Free Video Converter 1.23

    Pros

    I was thrilled when I found this product! It was exactly what I needed for video conversion software. And I owned Switch, a similar audio conversion product from NCH that has performed admirably. So I decided to buy it. BIG MISTAKE!

    Cons

    The product doesn't work. It makes NO difference what format is entered for conversion or asked for in return. The software crashes ("quit unexpectedly"). As of today, on NCH's forum, 7 of us Mac users are reporting this problem (since January).

    Summary

    I had an all-round dismal experience with the Prism product and NCH software.

    When you buy from NCH, at the END of the purchase screens they force you to confirm that you've tried the product out. I guess I missed the meaning of that "red flag" (read: it doesn't work, dummy. If you buy it, we're keeping your money because YOU WERE WARNED and had a chance to see if was vaporware). I teach Marketing at a college in the midwest. I am using these screen to show how NOT to give your customers a sense of security!

    To make matters worse, I bought using Paypal. I was surprised to find the final invoice was ALMOST TWICE what the "bundling" package I purchased was to cost. At THAT screen I learned that, in using Paypal, NCH would not honor my bundled pricing. If there was a warning on an earlier screen about such a "rip off", I would have heeded it. So, I'm now a "dummy" a second time and had to pay for it... literally. So, add to all this the fact that the product doesn't work and you can see why I'm miffed.

    If NCH turns their act around and takes care of the product first (makes it work as advertised) and then cleans up their act and becomes less buyer-abusive (remove the buyer traps and rip-offs from their purchase screens), I would be THRILLED to come back and report same! If they give me the discounts I deserved before the Paypal debacle, that would be nice too. But for right now, I'd like my $30 worth of software (that I paid $50 for) to FREAKIN' WORK!!

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