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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:

    3.4 stars

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "very angry to this software."

    June 3, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    February 2, 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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  • 4.0 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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