Video Converter GT : Features Explained

Easy to learn, easy to master. This article explains how to use the different features and settings available in Video Converter GT.



Video Converter GT was designed to be as easy to use as possible while still providing full control over the quality of the video files it creates.

As of such, after install of the application, aside from selecting the device you want to use to watch your videos on, Video Coverter GT is basically ready to go.



Simply drag your videos onto the application, and tap the start-button button at the bottom right to have it do its thing.

With the default settings, Video Converter GT will automatically perform the following actions when converting a video:

* Convert the video and audio portion of each video file to the proper format for the selected device, so that it plays using the build-in video player of the device.

* Scan the video for black borders, and if they are part of the video, they will be removed.

* Convert using a fixed video bitrate to ensure compatibility with the device, while maintaining a decent file-size and a good quality result.

* Boost the volume using our Volume Maximizer technology to make sure the volume of your videos are all at the same, louder volume level without distortion.

* Color intensity adjustment (video equalizer) to slightly enhance the black-levels of the video, making the video look better.


Settings explained:

Settings are accessed by tapping the 2_settings button at the top.

It will display a few tabs containing different settings. The first one is the “Quality” tab:


Screen options:

* Screen resolution: the size of the screen that the video is played on (such as the device screen resolution). This is used as a “Maximum” so only if your original video is larger will it be used to adjust the size of your video.

* Leave video as is: Black border detection and removal turned off.

* Remove black borders: Default and recommended behavior. Black border removal enabled, and only used if the video actually has black borders.

* Make video full screen: Black border removal enabled, borders removed if they are there AND additional parts removed to make your video play full-screen in the selected screen resolution.

Video quality options:

* Video quality slider: adjusts the video quality used for the conversion. Functionality is different based on the quality options:

* Fixed size: Make all the video files the file size set by the quality slider. Normally file-size is determined by the length of the video, but with this enabled, the video quality is changed dynamically per video file to ensure that the files created are close to the selected file-size. This is useful for if you have to deal with a file-size limit of a device (such as a 2GB maximum per file on a Kindle Fire 1) or if you are using small memory cards for example. Keep in mind that if you are converting a mixture of videos with different playlength, such as movie-length content along with episode-length content, everything will end up similar in file-size!

* Fixed bitrate: Default behavior. Convert videos with a fixed bitrate setting, so file-size is only affected by the length of the video. Keep in mind that if you are converting video with different screensizes (480p, 1080p etc), the same bitrate is used for all, so visual quality of higher-resolution videos will be different from that of lower-resolution videos.

* Fixed quality: Recommended behavior. Convert videos with a fixed visual quality setting. The conversion will automatically adjust itself based on what is needed to keep the video appearance the same. For slower scenes, it will use less, for faster scenes it will use more, keeping the visuals the same quality. No need to be concerned for resolution, length, it will auto-adjust for whatever is needed.

Audio quality options:

* Audio quality slider: adjusts the quality setting for audio. For stereo, 128Kbps is good quality, 160Kbps is great quality, higher than that is often not noticable on tablets and smartphones.

* Volume Maximizer: Default and recommended behavior. Special Tools4Movies feature that boosts the volume of all your conversions to a fixed volume level. Volume is boosted louder without distortion, so all your conversions will have a similar volume level, eliminating the need of adjusting the volume on your device for every other video you watch.

* Enhance audio Dynaminc Range Control: Some content has special info included that adjusts the volume levels of different portions of the audio (louder voice, softer explosions). This setting will tell Video Converter GT to use that information if available.


Tweaks Tab:

* Enhance video: this performs a slight blur on the video to reduce artifacts such as blockyness on low-quality original videos, and dots/specs on older, grainy content. By smoothing out these artifacts, video can look slightly better, and compression (quality & file-size) is a bit better as well.

* Deinterlace video: Some video content is created using something called “interlacing”, which runs the video at double the framerate, but each frame is only half the screen (alternating lines). If you convert a video, and you see jagged lines, enabling this setting will fix the issue.

* Inverse telecine: Some video content was created for a different display system, and to play on home media systems, adjustments were made by means of adding frames. If you convert a video, and during playback you see it stutter or pause for a brief moment every second or so, this setting will remove those added frames, making the video play smoothly.

* TimeSaver: Special Tools4Movies feature that speeds up video playback by 10%. Enabling this setting will speed up playback of the video slightly, reducing the time needed to watch the full movie without losing any of its content. In addition, with action videos, the slight speed-increase can actually make the video a lot more intense to watch.


Settings tab:

* Display screenshots: After scanning video files, Video Converter GT will create a screenshot and display it in the list.


* Include video details in file-name: After the video file name, Video Converter GT places information such as screen resolution, video and audio quality in the filename, which makes it easy to find the correct one if you convert the same video for multiple devices.


* Include scene markers: If your video has chapter/scene markers included, they will be stored in the created video file as well. Alternatively, Video Converter GT performs a basic “scene change” scan on the video, and includes chapter markings for those as well. (note: if you have TimeSaver enabled, chapter markings will be adjusted to match the correct positions)

* Test-mode: Only convert X minutes of each item, handy for running a test on a collection of files without having to wait for a full conversion of each of them to complete.

* MKV fix: For some MKV’s, the structure of the file is not compatible with Video Converter GT. This setting will try and fix that. (note: if that doesn’t help, try our MKVShrink application on the file).


Effects tab > video section:

The settings here let you adjust the visual intensity of the video. A collection of different presets are available, and with the sliders, you can manually tweak things to your liking.

Presets can be applied to all videos currently in the list, or adjusted individually by removing the “apply to all” checkmark.

Presets can be exported to a file for sharing, and imported by a simple drag & drop of a preset file onto the application.


Effects tab > audio section:

A full audio equalizer to enhance the audio to your liking. Make voices louder, reduce the loudness of explosions, make the audio warmer. Features are the same as found in some video player applications, but this actually stores the adjustments in the file, so they are also used on players without any equalizer feature.

Presets can be applied to all videos currently in the list, or adjusted individually by removing the “apply to all” checkmark.

Presets can be exported to a file for sharing, and imported by a simple drag & drop of a preset file onto the application.