I use the Pro version - it is one of the most comprehensive, powerful and easy to use conversion software I have found. Converts any video files for my MP4 player, and it does it all at a pretty decent speed. It also has a pretty nice feature of where I can just let the program run its course with a long list, and having the program shut the computer down when it's done converting.
Digital Media Converter Pro works well with my Media Center files. Tech support is responsive and offers excellent advice on the best settings to use for the best quality output. DVR-MS and WTV to AVI looks good if you use the settings provided by support persons.
I do web design work and I produce videos for websites. Recently, I purchased Digital Media Converter and this product has flawlessly converted all files that I have received from customers, including DVD's, and Media Center PC files into perfect web-ready WMV's. The big plus is that you can convert all the formats from a single program and do all different formats in a batch operation - extremely convenient. The extensive list of built-in profiles make great quality videos and save a lot of time of trial and error.
My kids record a lot of TV programs on our Windows Media Center PC. The programs are recorded in DVR-MS format. One hour is usually about 3 gigs. I bought this program hoping that it would be the solution for converting the DVR-MS files to AVI - which I hoped would result in a significant space savings. It would be a misnomer to say the program works. It does convert a 3GB DVR-MS one hour show to a 2GB AVI file, but the quality is way to poor to watch. Bottom line - it shrinks the file only by 30% or so and the converted file is too low quality to watch. I guess I'll try Powercompress next, but there aren't too many options for converting DVR-MS to AVI yet. I can NOT recommend this program if you're looking for a solution to convert DVR-MS files.
The software developer responded to this review on Nov 23, 2005:
AVI files use compressors to reduce file size. Selecting a different AVI compressor would have allowed to reduce the file size significantly. I should also point out that converting to other formats such as Windows Media Video gives good quality at extremely small file sizes and is fast becoming the most popular choice for e-mailing video content, posting videos on a website, and as a format for permanent storage on a PC for later viewing.
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