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Prism Video File Converter

CNET Editors' review

Prism is a shareware video file converter from NCH Software. It can convert files from and to most common formats, including AVI, MPG, VOB, WMV, and FLV, singly or in batches, and it also converts any file format based on a DirectShow codec into AVI and WMV files. Basically, if you can play it with Windows Media Player, you can convert it with Prism, according to the developer. It also fetches and converts files directly from DVDs and multimedia devices.

Prism's gridded main view and control icons have the familiar look of most such tools, largely dictated by function and efficiency. Icons labeled Add Folder, Add DVD, Remove, Remove All, Play, and Convert hardly need much in the way of an explanation, and we quickly added an MPG file from our library to the program's convert list. Beneath the main view, we could browse to and select an output folder and format for our converted videos. Clicking Encoder Options called up a small dialog labeled AVI Encoding Settings with settings for video and sound compression standards as well as digital audio frequency and sample rate in both mono and stereo formats. The Video Options dialog let us resize the video and change the frame rate, while the Effects suite let us adjust brightness, contrast, and gamma; apply filtering; and add text for a title or captions in a font color of our choosing. Once we'd made all our choices, we clicked Convert, and Prism quickly processed our file and saved the finished job in our chosen folder. When we clicked on our converted video, it opened and played normally, to our eyes a perfect copy of the original.

Of course, there are many free video converters out there, and they do a good job too, so why would you buy Prism? Pro users have certain expectations of pro-level tools, and Prism certainly seems to meet them. However, NCH is apparently well aware of the competition since conversion to AVI and WMV formats is still free after the shareware's 14-day trial expires. That makes Prism an attractive choice for the multitude of users who really only want to convert videos into a format they can view anyway. It also integrates with NCH's other tools via the Toolbox utility.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Prism Video File Converter 1.61. The trial version is limited to 14 days.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 146 votes

    • 5 star: 52
    • 4 star: 32
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 39
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Instead of audio, just got an ear full of noise"

    March 7, 2014  |   By lushallegories

    Version: Prism Video File Converter 2.01

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Didn't work for me

    Summary

    Tested converting a WMV file to MP4, and while the video was fine, the audio was just a bunch of very loud distortion.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "PRISM Surveillance program"

    March 1, 2014  |   By LalaBabalon

    Version: Prism Video File Converter 2.01

    Pros

    http://nsa.gov1.info/surveillance/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_%28surveillance_program%29

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/06/06/prism-by-the-numbers-a-guide-to-the-governments-secret-internet-data-mining-program/

    Cons

    http://nsa.gov1.info/surveillance/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_%28surveillance_program%29

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/06/06/prism-by-the-numbers-a-guide-to-the-governments-secret-internet-data-mining-program/

    Summary

    http://nsa.gov1.info/surveillance/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_%28surveillance_program%29

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/06/06/prism-by-the-numbers-a-guide-to-the-governments-secret-internet-data-mining-program/

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great!"

    January 22, 2014  |   By aMsKiLLCaM

    Version: Prism Video File Converter 2.01

    Pros

    Does what it says it will do.
    converts up to 5 files at once.

    Cons

    Conversion speed seem kind of slow

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Be prepared to buy it again, and again, and again, and."

    November 14, 2013  |   By HandyAndy50

    Version: Prism Video File Converter 2.01

    Pros

    Does what it says it'll do.

    Cons

    Does it for only about 3 months at a time. The software likes to auto update itself, and the license that you buy is only good for about 3 months. The programmer's website FAQ does state that if you intend on using this product for any length of time, you really need to write down your registration code, AND backup the software folder you installed to so you can roll back the version of software when the Auto Update erases your ownership of the product you bought.

    I purchased this software in October of 2012 (13 Months ago). I use it pretty rarely, but when I need it... Well I need it. I open the program today, and get a "Your free trial has ended - Please purchase this product", and then the program closed itself.

    I found my emailed registration code, and inputted it. That's when I got the "Sorry Pardner - You're using an outdated code for this version of software, please buy a new one".

    I call BS on this practice.

    Summary

    Don't buy software that likes to erase your ownership over it, and then attempts to extort more money out of you before you can use it again.

    It's a shakedown no matter how you look at it, and it's not right.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Program!"

    November 9, 2013  |   By nightjay00449

    Version: Prism Video File Converter 2.01

    Pros

    Does what I want

    Cons

    not applicable.

    Summary

    I just wanted it to convert movie files to audio and it works just fine, fast conversion.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy in use"

    September 27, 2013  |   By JcharlesBrown

    Version: Prism Video File Converter 2.01

    Pros

    You can easily convert the videos from one to another format by using this software.

    Cons

    Software is compatible for Windows PC only.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Forced to Buy New License When Software is Updated"

    August 25, 2013  |   By ISURulz

    Version: Prism Video File Converter 2.01

    Pros

    The program did everything I wanted it to.

    Cons

    NCH's website seems shady. I normally would not have bought product from a site with no way to contact customer service. But that's ancient history. I am really writing this review because having already purchased a license, I was not allowed to use the software today because my license was for an older version. In other words, I am being penalized because I own an older version of a program. ***! BUYER BEWARE......

    Summary

    I will never ever ever ever buy from this company again! I spent a lot of $$$ to buy a suite of their software only to find out today it is locked because there is an updated version of the software and I own a license for the previous version. I mean ***!

    Updated on Aug 25, 2013

    BTW I bought the program for no other reason than CNet's endorsement. I assumed their stamp of approval meant NCH is a reputable, fair and honest company. You failed us CNet.

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