Avanquest – Transfer My Video review

video transfer to over 600 phones and media players
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£20

With the range of pocketable devices claiming to be able to show video getting ever wider, there’s one piece of software that’s becoming increasingly essential; the video converter. Not only do you have to have the video in the correct format to show on your device, but it has to be the right display size and frame-rate, too.

Mobile phones and media players often come with transfer utilities of their own, but not many undertake the format and size conversions, too. Transfer My Video covers over 600 devices from phone makes like Apple, Blackberry, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, as well as specialist media player makers like Cowon, Creative and iRiver.

There are a few missing, but you can set the conversion parameters manually to cater for some of those. Once you’ve selected the device you want to transfer to, the corresponding parameters are used automatically whenever you run the program, until you change devices.

Input formats include DVD, AVI, DivX, WMV, MPEG, MOV and 3GP and it can play MP3, WMA, OGG, AC3, AAC and AMR soundtracks. The program doesn’t crack Digital Right Management (DRM), so you won’t be able to convert commercial DVDs, etc.

The main conversion screen is easy to follow and is helped by the fact that the program automatically searches for all videos on your PC and organises them for you. Several format conversions are supported straight out of the box, but for others the program downloads corresponding codecs onto your PC to complete the transfer. MPEG4 and H.264 are supplied as standard, for example, but DivX needs a supplementary encoder.

We tried converting a feature film recording we’d made from TV into a format for a 320 x 240 pixel screen media player. The program took 1 hour and 30 minutes to make the conversion on an Athlon 64 X2 4200+; considerably less than viewing the film, but still not that quick.

Transfer My Video is supposed to handle the transfer of the completed video to the player, but the drive selector wouldn’t show the device we’d connected, even though the Windows XP browser showed it with no problem. Copying the resulting file via Windows got it onto the player and playback was clean and without any obvious unwanted artefacts.

In fact, the resulting video was very watchable and the whole conversion process was remarkably easy to complete. As long as your player is included in the Avanquest list – more are being added all the time – it’s an effective solution.

Company: Avanquest

Contact: 0800 289041


Verdict
If your player didn't come with appropriate video conversion software - and many do, so check first - Transfer My Video does the job with a minimum of fuss. If your device is on the program's list, it's a simple and inexpensive solution.