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Convert 3GPP to MPG-4 and More

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Super by eRightSoft

Photo: Super by eRightSoft

I’ve recorded a video interview at last week’s Social Media Club event in Richmond, VA with my new Droid smartphone from Verizon. The video came out excellent taking in consideration the lack of lighting at the venue. Once recorded, I’ve downloaded on my Windows 7 laptop and it played flawlessly. I’ve also uploaded the video to Facebook and YouTube without issues.

The Droid uses 3GPP format for the video recordings output. It plays well on pretty much every media player on the market, but I really wanted to see how I could convert the files to other formats and vice-versa. After searching for a couple of hours and comparing product features and reviews, I came across Super by eRightSoft.

According to Wikepedia, “SUPER (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer) (officially titled SUPER ©) is a closed-source freeware front-end for open-source software video players and encoders provided by the FFmpeg, MEncoder, MPlayer, x264, ffmpeg2theora, musepack, Monkey’s Audio, True Audio, WavPack, libavcodec, and the Theora/Vorbis RealProducer plugIn projects. SUPER provides a graphical user interface to these back-end programs, which are command-line based.”

I’ve installed the application on my laptop and within minutes I converted my 2-minute video in 4 different formats and multiple quality settings, for testing purposes.

According to different online forums, the application does exactly what it advertise. For me, it worked like a charm. And although I don’t have the need to convert my 3GPP files for any reason at the moment, it’s nice to know that I can if I want to.

I guess that’s what makes me a geek…