Free DVD to MPEG-4 converter
The purpose of this application is convert media files from one format to another, typically for the purposes of transferring said media onto mobile devices with historically more restrictive playback capabilities. It also contains other useful features, such as the ability to create an image slideshow, including some special effects.
This application is released under a free to try licensing model. For fifteen days, you can try the software at no cost. However, the app has since become Mac only software. The Windows version still works, but it's worth taking into account before buying that it is no longer developed.
The application itself is legitimate and safe. Where the risk creeps in is when you download from questionable sources. Always try to get your files from a verified source, preferably one with user comments, so that you know the files you are downloading are tested and free from malicious software.
At some point in the application's history, developers eTinySoft switched to Mac only development. This means that the latest versions of this app are only for the Mac. This version, however, is officially Windows XP and Windows Vista compatible only, although it has been used on later versions of Windows.
Total Video Converter is still supported after a fashion. The developers moved over to a Mac only development schedule, so it is still supported on that platform but no longer on Windows. This Windows version is not, however, though many people have successfully used it on modern versions of Windows.
The app works for the media formats it claims. As the Windows version is no longer in development, newer formats may not be be supported, however the capability of TVC when working with MP4, 3GP, Xvid, DivX, and any of the other supported formats should work as well as ever.
The length of time it takes to convert a video is impossible to predict without knowing more information, as there are just too many variables. The length of the video, the quality, the format it is being converted from and to. All these things will affect the time it takes.
The popular MP4 video format is indeed one of the supported formats that Total Video Converter can work with. In addition to MP4, it also supports other popular formats like MPEG, VOB, 3GP, WMV, AVI, FLV, GIF, DVB, and much more. It also supports a number of audio only formats.
The Windows version of this app is no longer available from the developers website, only the currently supported Mac version. To that end, you will need to find this version on file repository sites, like Softonic. Always be careful to ensure the file you are downloading is legitimate and safe.
DirectX 9 is required to run the app. Fortunately, if you are running a version of Windows that is compatible with this application, you should have the required DirectX libraries installed by default, as they come with Windows. You can check your version of DirectX by typing "dxdiag" into Windows' run.