Prism Video File Converter

Prism Video File Converter

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 148 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.61
  • Total Downloads:
    1,684,153
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 14, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $69.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    594.06KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    746
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.4

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star 8
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    3.3

    out of 148 votes

    • 5 star 52
    • 4 star 32
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 41
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1 stars

"Newer is not better!"

July 25, 2011  |  By mongeese

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

Free version is very limited in function. It does convert some types of files however.

Cons

Version 1.76 downloaded from Cnet comes with a toolbar which silently installed into I.E.That is crap! Easy to disable but hard to completely remove.It came with a exe. file which I had to remove on a reboot with unlocker.

Summary

Find the older 1.40 version or something else.

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4 stars

"great app.,really useful"

July 10, 2011  |  By erfan12345

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

great app.,really useful,also all free

Cons

great app.,really useful

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1 stars

"very angry to this software."

June 03, 2011  |  By monkeydidi

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

1. free
2. free
3. free

Cons

1. create interlace effect for my MTS video after converted into AVI file.
very stupid.
2. one in every two frame is lost and replaced by simply duplication of other frames.
this is super super stupid.

Summary

I am doing scientific data analysis. This two problems I mentioned in Cons. never happen in all the video conversion software I have tested. It make me full day to figure out the problem. I thought it was because my original data was wrong but not. You waste me time.

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5 stars

"Exactly what I needed."

May 30, 2011  |  By JBOY83

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

Lots of options. Easy interface.

Cons

Takes a long time to convert, but that's normal.

Summary

Worth your download.

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4 stars

"Excellent product, very simple to use."

May 17, 2011  |  By pemmers

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

Sensible easy on the eye and easy to understand layout,easy to use tools, a no nonsense quick and simple Video file converter.

Cons

None that come to mind

Summary

I would highly recommend this product to anybody wishing to convert one Video file type to another.A none threatening looking screen display with simple and easy to use tools puts you at ease whilst using this " very user friendly" product.

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1 stars

"Uses spam tactics to try to get you to buy"

May 12, 2011  |  By AaronzDad

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

None. Never used it.

Cons

The program randomly interrupts the computer to suddenly open itself up and start running. Then when you close the program a spam window pops up thanking you for trying it and inviting you to send 'em money for the full version.

Summary

I will NEVER EVER do business with any company using scam tactics like this. I downloaded the program as an add-on to an audio program I was trying from them. It sounded like a useful program and they claimed it was "COMPLETELY FREE" so why not?

Yeah.

In the middle of playing a game my computer flashed and minimized the game to open Prism Video. This is the third or fourth time it's opened itself up like that so I'm sure it's no accident.

There's a special level of hell for people who do things like that. I encourage them to go reside there.

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1 stars

"Should be a choice for zero stars"

February 19, 2011  |  By pa28flyer

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

It worked nicely several times during the trial period

Cons

Cannot convert mp4 to MOV. I successfully converted several videos during the free trial period. I paid the purchase price. The software doesn't work as it did before. NCH has a "no refund" policy

Summary

This is a total rip-off. There is no free tech service. You can't get a refund. If you want tech service, you must pay a fee.

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4 stars

"great product"

February 19, 2011  |  By mogivan

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

very user friendly

Cons

a little slow

Summary

as free products go, excellant.

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5 stars

"Today I enjoy my movies without having to delete them"

February 02, 2011  |  By trans78turbo

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

One can convert almost any video.

Cons

I don't see one.

Summary

Anybody looking for a great product to enjoy videos should get prizm video converter. Is great.

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4 stars

"Does what is says."

January 23, 2011  |  By famca

 |  Version: Prism Video File Converter 1.61

Pros

It works converting files to MP4.

Cons

Nothing so far.

Summary

There may be better free converters out there, but this one works well so I'll stick with it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.61
Version 1.61 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
Release Date September 14, 2010
Date Added September 14, 2010
Version 1.61
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Converters
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 594.06KB
File Name prismsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,684,153
Downloads Last Week 746
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $69.95

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