This app can convert any image or video into any other similar file
Format Factory is a complete multimedia conversion tool for Windows that excels at being fast and user-friendly.
If you’ve ever wanted a Windows program that could handle multimedia conversion in a very fast and simple way, then Format Factory is the app for you. The goal here is to take the headache out of file conversion, and that makes it a great option for the user who wants to convert video, audio and images to a format that a particular device, such as a smartphone or video game console, supports.
Format Factory has excellent support out of the box, and there’s no need to worry about codes and other technical details. Video formats include AVI, GIF, MP4, MOV, VOB and more. Audio formats include AAC, OGG, MP3, WMA and more. Image formats include BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PCX, PNG, TGA and TIF. There’s never any need to adjust codec settings or the like, which is what makes it great for the casual user. The advanced user may be disappointed that there’s no granular codec control or that you can’t expand the output options supported by installing the appropriate codecs.
When you choose to convert a file, you choose the output type as well as low, medium or high quality. Those options are pretty basic, but the program does a great job of getting the most available out of each output format at those levels. Format Factory also supports batch conversion, so you can add numerous files to the queue, and then leave the software unattended as it works. The program can even extract files from CDs and DVDs but doesn’t support Blu-ray discs. Another nifty feature is file merging, which is handy when converting files that have been broken down into volumes.
Format Factory supports 62 languages, and you can change these on the fly. It also has limited skin support. It has four built-in skins that you can choose from but doesn’t yet support external skins. The UI and overall aesthetic are quite outdated from a modern perspective. It may take a bit getting accustomed to if you’re used to modern multimedia tools. Nevertheless, this program is fast and stable, and if you need a hands-off conversion option, then this not being a looker isn’t much of a problem.
- Simple and fast
- Broad format support
- Supports batch processing
- Lacks modern UI design
- Lacks advanced conversion options