There are many times you record something in Windows Media Center and want to watch it on another device and there are lots of conversion tools out there. The latest one is a comprehensive application that will convert from a range of formats including wtv,mkv and mpeg4 into mpg,mov,mkv,m44 and other formats. So you could use it to convert a wtv file into mp4 so it can be watched on a device like the iPad. You could also use it to convert things line the aspect ration, video delay and the audio quality. I will try it with a Freeview HD file and see how that goes and it won’t work with copy protected Media Center recorded due to the DRM restrictions
The tool costs £10 and there is a trial version works five times before locking you out, you can get the trial version from MadeforMediaCenter.com and purchase an unlock key from the developers web site.
Will Convert from: wtv, dvr-ms, mpg, mov, mkv, ts, wmv, asf, mp4 ,xvid, mpeg4 etc., this includes HD recordings as well
Converts to: mpg, vob, mov, mkv, ts, wmv, asf, mp4, xvid, mpeg4 etc.
Convert Single files or batch convert, can set timer to convert at chosen time, set to folder watch to convert new wtv files every day at a set time
Will wake up from standby and return to standby when finished if requested
If converting from wtv to wmv the tv show description (metadata) is copied across also, so on playing the converted file in windows mediacenter allows access to this in the same way as the original in recorded tv
Configurable parameters: Resolution, bitrate, codecs, aspect, language, audio / video delay, frame rate
Where there are multiple audio tracks, eg languages or a track for the visually impaired, you can configure it to chose the one you want
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