Prism video converter opens with an interface that could be considered quite strange for a video converter program. The interface gives you the impression that you are going to work on a spreadsheet task, but the layout is not going to intimidate you if you are used to video converter programs.
Formats supported include AVI (DivX, Xvid and H264). On the MPEG front, MPEG1 and VCD are supported. However, if you are going to work with DVD files (MPEG-2/VOB), then you would need a third party DVD player like PowerDVD. Other popular formats supported are ASF, WMV, MKV and 3GP.
These input formats can then be converted to AVI, ASF, WMV, MPG and MOV. This does not mean that Prism supports only the above formats. It’ has the ability to handle more formats if you have the necessary codecs installed.
There’s more. When you are ready to convert your video file(s), you can make use of the encoder options, video options and effects.
Under Encoder options, you can choose the video compressor type, video bitrate, audio compressor and sound format. Under the video compressor option, you only get to use Windows Media Video 8 or 9. You have more options though when it comes to setting video and audio bitrates.
Video Output options are more impressive, however, you get to resize video to your preferred width and height, change the aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9) and change the video frame rate.
The effects option is equally impressive. You can adjust brightness, contrast and gamma and apply filters – black and white, negative and sepia.
The least expected feature however, is the ability to add text to your converted video with enough alignment tools provided, not to mention setting the foreground and background colors for your text.
Once you have set your output folder, it is a breeze to locate your converted files once conversion is done by clicking the open button. This is a timesaver as it does away with the need to use the Windows Explorer to locate your converted files.