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Tips to Convert Movies for Various Devices

As you’re probably aware different devices support different formats – which is why you may have difficulty playing some movies on certain devices. Typically computers support a wide range of formats, but other devices such as set-top boxes, DVD players, and mobile devices tend to have a much smaller range.

Because devices support different formats, you may need to convert your movies before you can watch them on certain devices. If that is the case these tips should help you to convert the movies more effectively:

Work backwards and eliminate the more popular formats

As a rule one of the best ways to figure out which format to use is to start with a list of the more popular formats and work backwards. In particular you should be looking at MKV, MP4, and AVI with H.265, H.264, and MPEG-4 as codecs.

Working backwards is easier than starting with a list of formats that your devices may support and trying to identify which one to use. More importantly you will be more likely to convert your videos into formats that are widely supported.

For example if you use Movavi Video Converter to convert AVI file to MP4, it should be supported by most devices and you probably won’t need to convert it again.

Consider the file size

Although compatibility is generally the big ticket item when you’re converting movies for various devices, another factor to consider is its file size. Some devices have far more limited storage, and may not be able to cope with the addition of a 2 to 4 GB movie.

Using video formats with better compression (such as MKV with H.265) is a good option in such cases – so long as the device supports it. Alternatively you may want to reduce the bitrate of the video when converting it, so long as it doesn’t compromise the quality too much.

Try to keep the original video in its original format and settings

While you may convert your movie to different formats, try to preserve the format and settings of the original video and store it. The reason for this is that as you convert and adjust the video settings it can cause the quality to degrade irreversibly – due to what is known as generation loss.

If you have the original unaltered movie, you will be able to go back and use it as source material – rather than being stuck with a copy that has degraded.

As you can see each of these tips should help you to more effectively and efficiently convert your movies so they can be watched on any device. That in turn will make it more convenient for you, as you could even opt to switch between devices while watching the same movie.

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