Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Quick Look at Video Toolbox Web App

Another day, another video web application to explore. Video Toolbox seems to be a place where users can upload their videos and have them converted into a different video format. Before you start running for your recording device, make sure this is a good fit for your needs.

Video Toolbox is not just a converter. You also can use it to connect to certain web video hosts to retrieve and download videos, add a watermark, simple splicing of videos and merging video files.

It is a free service but registration is required.  Speaking of registration, all you need is an e-mail address and password.

This might be a good option for mobile and tablet users. Those of us on data restriction plans proceed cautiously.

A Few Concerns

Nothing too major but here they are:

You can  upload up to 600MB video at a time. A lot of people have much more than that when they record video. My assumption is that if you are uploading from a mobile device and know that your record on the lean side this could be workable.

There does seem to be a range of video formats it can handle. On the Codecs and File formats page you can get a gander at what you can bring in and export out.  No love for the .MOD or .MTS folk but there are some obscure formats you might need to flip to more common ones.

For example, there is a tremendous amount of Real Audio/Real Video files in the dark corners of the Internet.  If I come across an oldie .RAM or .RV file I could see using this site to retrieve and convert video.

The Help menu is sparse. There are videos to show you how to do tasks but that is it.  There is an on-line contact form. No terms of service. No privacy policy. No momma or poppa.  I don't know who the wizard is behind the screen.

So, I'd say give it some cautious consideration. Maybe test the service out with a separate e-mail address just for this app.

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