ViO – FREE Video Convertor For Mobile Devices ( including iPhone and Touch ) from The Pirates Bay

We all know and love The Pirates Bay. Personally i love stand-up comedy , and even though its not related when i need a laugh i always read their legal page. If you didnt read it, it’s HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by FSMdotCOM. Anyway , i have no idea how did i miss such a thing. They released a free video converter for mobile devices. It’s compatible with pretty much every mobile device out there, including the iPhone and iPod Touch and you can download it here

Features

Advanced Video and Audio settings:
ViO comes complete with general audio/video settings and you can also personalize your ViO experience even more with advanced audio/video settings. For example, you can customize the size of the output file and its BitRate is calculated automatically.

In addition to hundreds of built-in profiles to match your mobile phone configuration, ViO can also process the same video in a variety of formats, so you can enjoy your ViO experience on all your mobile entertainment and communication devices.

Key Functions :

  • ViO 3GP Video Converter – converts all AVI, MPEG, MP4 video files to 3GP video
  • ViO BlackBerry Video Converter – converts all AVI, MPEG, MP4 video files to BlackBerry optimized 3GP, AVI or AMR video format

System Requirements:

  • Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/2003/XP and Windows Vista;
  • 1000MHz Intel or AMD CPU, or above;
  • 100 MB free hard disk space or more.

The Good :

  • it’s free
  • compatible with pretty much every mobile device out there
  • tons of options
  • flexibility
  • compatible with pretty much every video encoding ( extension )

The Bad :

  • during installation it will ask you to install all those toolbars and make i dont know what the default page and shit we dont need. but usually thats the way installation works on windows ( windows which is an OS that in order to shut it down you need to press a button called START 😐 ).
  • long processing time. took screenshots for the tutorial, wrote this post, and the encoding still not done ( thats on my shitty PC. dont know about you )

The Ugly :

  • UI ( user interface ) – damn thats an ugly interface. and they didnt think it all the way through ( you will see what i mean in the tutorial ). but you know what? It’s free and it does its job. so , we better stop whining like little girls about it

So that’s pretty much the specs of ViO. Shall we proceed to the tutorial? Of course…

After you install ViO, you will start it and you will see a butt-ugly UI. My first impression was “bleah”. Anyway, first you need to choose the video that you want to convert for your mobile device. You simply click “Browse” and you browse your HDD for the video that you want.

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Next, if you know what are you doing, you can click on “Enable Advanced Options” to set the Video Bit Rate, Audio Bit Rate, Frame Rate etc.

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Once everything is set , if you know how and you set the advanced options ( dont need to necesarely ), you can procede to the next step : selecting your device. There is a drop-down menue which contain a HUGE list of mobile devices , including the iPhone and iPod Touch. Choose the device that you want to convert the video for.

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The next and final step is to start converting the video. You need to click the big ass button that says “Convert Video”. Optional, you can tick the box next to “Convert Video” button, so that ViO will shut down automatically after the video is converted.

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If you didnt like the UI of ViO so far, here comes the horrible part. When you click convert video, nothing happens. And if you are an idiot like me, you will keep clicking the damn button.Untill you pay attention to what are you doing ( or read this tutorial ) and you will see, somehwere above the button, really squashed in, a tiny button that says “Abort” and above that a small word that actually says “Encoding…”. Why the hell didnt they make it this way : you got the huge ass “Convert Video” button, right? You click it, and when you click, make it it says “Converting” or “Encoding” ? This is a question for the “Dear God, WHY?!?!?!” department.

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Anyway, try it, and see if it suits your needs. Also would love if you will let me know what you like about it, what you dont like, what i fail to mention and so on.