You might want to take a look at YouConvertIt. This is one of many online conversion applications but the interface is a bit easier on the eyes. Please read the Terms of Service first. More on that at the bottom of my post.
It is simple; you locate the file on your computer that you want to convert and then select the output format. So if you have a video in the .flv (Flash movie format) that you want to convert to .mov, this is the gizmo to do that for you.
On the next tab, you can point to a streaming video address and have the video converted as well.
The benefits are that if you don't want to spend time learning how to convert video this can be a big help. For those long lost online videos that you can't seem to download this may help you in your attempt to catalog 1990's music videos.
The downside? File size. The larger the file the longer it will take you to up load and download the video copy. You will also need to know how to place the video where you want on your computer.
For streaming video conversions it may not work. If copyright holders notify YouConvertIt of their Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) rights, the service can block or prevent access to certain videos.
But there is a larger concern to me, the Terms of Service.
This is an extract:
As a registered user of YouConvertIt.com, you can order products, enter contests, vote in polls or otherwise express an opinion, subscribe to one of our services such as our online newsletters, or participate in one of our online forums or communities. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected at these pages include: name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, credit card information, and information about your interests in and use of various products, programs, and services.And that is why you need to read the Terms of Service before you use a web site services. This isn't any different that what other web sites state. I appreciate that I could find out what I needed to know quickly.
... Certain YouConvertIt.com sites may disclose personally identifiable information to companies whose practices are not covered by this privacy notice (e.g., other marketers, magazine publishers, retailers, participatory databases, and non-profit organizations) that want to market products or services to you. If a site shares personally identifiable information, it will provide you with an opportunity to opt out or block such uses.
We may on occasion combine information we receive online with outside records to enhance our ability to market to you those products or services that may be of interest to you...
I want to know upfront that if I use this company's service I might increase the amount of advertising e-mail in my inbox with vendors I really do not want to have any communication or contact.
For those of you savvy enough to have a vendor catching e-mail address this is not going to be a problem. Those that don't will never wonder why their e-mail box is never empty.