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Giveaway of the day — Plato Video Converter

Convert video files between AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG, WMV, and MOV formats.
$30 EXPIRED
User rating: 357 109 comments

Plato Video Converter was available as a giveaway on December 26, 2007!

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Plato Video Converter is a powerful video conversion program. It supports converting almost all kinds of video formats including AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG, WMV, MOV, RM (input) to AVI, DivX, XviD, VCD, DVD, SVCD, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV, RealMedia, MOV (output).

With Plato Video Converter the conversion process will be especially interesting and simple. You can convert any unknown video to a familiar format that can be played by your computer.

In addition, the friendly user interface will make you feel very comfortable.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

Publisher:

Plato Software Inc

Homepage:

http://www.dvdtompegx.com/html/videoconverter.html

File Size:

11.9 MB

Price:

$30

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#109

It works.

With so many video converters out there, not much to say about it. But its not the best. Just a bit messy.

Reply   |   Comment by Christopher  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#108

I like this software for downloading and using it on my iPods. Thanks for the giveaway too! This will be added to my collection and worthy of a writeup review!

Reply   |   Comment by Justin iPod Fan  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#107

I suspect I must have installed something after this which broke it, but I’m damned if I can think of what that would be. I put very little software on this machine. I guess I should go look at some datestamps and try to work it out…


The only thing I had installed after this was Photoshop 5.5 (reinstalling my old copy because my original porty where I usually use it died this week), but it looks like one of the dlls from "MP3 Recorder Studio" installed last week from GAOTD has a timestamp from when the bad stuff started happening, so I'll be looking into that quite closely too.

G

Reply   |   Comment by graham toal  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#106

This initially worked fine for me on Vista (32 bit - Walmart BF Acer 5315 portable) but two days later I started getting errors about "COM Surrogate has stopped working" and then the converter started blowing away when you started it. I followed the advice in this article: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/fix-for-com-surrogate-has-stopped-working-error-in-vista/ and also added VideoConvert.exe to the exception list, and got it working again. However I can only convert to mpg, rmvb and vmv - the avi and mov conversion *seem* to run but don't generate any output.

I suspect I must have installed something after this which broke it, but I'm damned if I can think of what that would be. I put very little software on this machine. I guess I should go look at some datestamps and try to work it out...

It's a shame because when it worked, it was great (and their previous DVDCopy giveaway has performed flawlessly). I converted HD video from my shiny new christmas present (Samsung HD recorder) to play on my other shiny new christmas present (JXD301 mp4 and game player) :-) (Thank you Santa)

By the way can you generate ASF files with this? The Plato web page seems to say you can but I don't see it in the software.

G

Reply   |   Comment by graham toal  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#105

Not even close to being as good as Super which is free.

Reply   |   Comment by coldmile  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#104

This software is useful for me. when i had to convert movies, e.g. AVI to MOV all like the other user found. I'm a great fan of free as well. I wanted to ask though is there any way to add watermarking ? or have is it in there already?

Reply   |   Comment by EDI  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#103

Doesn't play with Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by Mary  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#102

Hmm... got 1 file converted, now every tmie the program starts, my computer restarts. Bummer, ause it did do an excellent job with the 1 file. Bummer.......

Reply   |   Comment by Michele  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#101

goog software

Reply   |   Comment by lisa  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#100

If it won't activate, you may have a problem with your firewall.

Nice program GOTD! Thanks. Haven't time to try it this late in the day, but many thanks just the same.

Reply   |   Comment by Pottery  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#99

The audio and video are often out of sink. This makes it so often the same video has to be converted two or three times before it is usable. Some just have to be sent to another converter to get it right. .....This makes this one worth about as much as free but no more.

Reply   |   Comment by ken kelly  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#98

Does anyone know of a cheaper or free alternative to Nero Vision? I want to take a 700+ MB Windows Movie or DIVX or XVID and put it to DVD format (4 gig) written to a DVD. But Nero is $80 or so.

I thought this was gonna do it, but then realized it's only the converter.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#97

I downloaded this program copied the code pasted it in started program added 10 5 to 6 minute mov clips taken on Christmas day converted them to avi very fast burnt to dvd played great with no quality lost i have been looking for a good converter thanks for giving us a free one that works great

Reply   |   Comment by Dreamweaver  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#96

Forgot to add something...

SUPER can convert from FLV to something else. It's such a good piece of software that I can't help but repeat it over and over XD

Reply   |   Comment by randint  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#95

There is a MUCH BETTER and free alternative to this program, which is eRightSoft's SUPER. While most converters can convert from, let's just use an example... AVI to RM, they can't convert the other way around. Sorry GAOTD, but I don't think I'll be keeping this one.

(Does anyone think $30 is rather expensive for a program which is only 12 MB? I mean, SUPER is more than 25 MB...)

-computer software isn't priced like pototoes - according to weight :)

Reply   |   Comment by randint  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#94

It can not support any video format. Also, it has very slow conversion speed. I really like someone which can run on my new Vista Os. I have tried some called Ultimate video converter, it is much better than this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Ringswinswsa  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#93

Downloads/installs Ok on my XP2 but when try to open crashes almost immediately.

Reply   |   Comment by bilby  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#92

could not activate it to try it out...realy needing it for video project.

Reply   |   Comment by drbostick  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#91

Am I blind?
3.5 hours left. This is the readme.txt. Where is this license code?

-------------------Readme.txt----------------------
Installation

Unzip the package you`ve downloaded and install the software,
then register the software using the license code provided.

You have to install it before the Giveaway offer for the software is over.

Terms and conditions

Please note that the software you download and install
during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations:
1) No free technical support
2) No free upgrades to future versions
3) Strictly non-commercial usage


- The license code is displayed by the Setup.exe - It is on the screen at the end, which asks you to add a bookmark to this site. If you re-run setup.exe and click "cancel" to not install the program again - the license code should come up immediately.

Reply   |   Comment by slono  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#90

"With Plato Video Converter the conversion process will be especially interesting".....hahaha! What is so interesting about it??

I installed it and it works great. Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by freddy  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#89

It does not support all formats as advertised!

Reply   |   Comment by Dug  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#88

I read comments up to 84, then installed, activated the program - and was not able to do a conversion to MPEG, to AVI - when tried 35 min file - got HDD working for ever with no patience to wait. Cut the clip 3 min - worked long time and produced sound only - such a disappointment!

I am not a computer novice, but I envy those guys who wrote shining comments. To me this software looks like a disaster.

Reply   |   Comment by Alex S  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html#Dnload

SUPER © does for FREE what other encoders CAN'T do for money.
PS3, PSP, iPod, Zune, Nintendo DS, H.264/AVC, VCD, SVCD, DVD, FLV, 3GP, Xvid, DivX, MOV, MP4..
Whatever is your favorite multimedia format, you'll get what you want

SUPER © plays & encodes very fast full length movies to
any other format without any time or function limitation.
NO trial or evaluation version of SUPER © but one unique
Free to download and Free to use fully working version.

SUPER © does NOT require any additional external codec to
be installed, absolutely nothing. Necessary codecs are built in!

SUPER © can also play and save Internet Media Streams
with different protocols ( mms:// rtsp:// http://)

Please read the following details to see how:
SUPER © does for FREE what other encoders CAN'T do for money.

Reply   |   Comment by musicabaja  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#86

This software looks great and the installation went smoothly. It doesn't seem to address the need for an IFO to anything useful (MPEG-4 preferred) format converter though. Does anyone know of a good one, preferably but not necessarily free, that will work on Win XP or Vista? Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by JuliaZ  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

It sounded like just what I needed but it won't run on my system (XP)!

Reply   |   Comment by BlackKnight  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#84

This program will not launch on my XP.

Reply   |   Comment by Curt  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

You said it works well is freeware and you are too lazy to read the other comments.

It isn't freeware. You are being supplied for 24 hrs a license w/o any support so that you can install it without paying. Not the same. The support e-mail address is also invalid.

Other comments suggest that its conversions are actually not of good quality.

Others can not get it to run and why would you want software that installs part of Windows Media 9 that is very out of date?

Reply   |   Comment by In Singer  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#82

Tried to install on Vista Home Premium, but after installation the software will not even run.
The splash screen disappears almost at once, and after that nothings happends ???
Tried to reinstall several times with no luck.
That sucks because it seems that it could have been a good software too !

-Add your comments to the topic in the forums. Several others are having the same problem.

Reply   |   Comment by qeaeqer  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#81

Too lazy to read all the posts but this works well, and is freeware. http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/index.htm

Mack

Reply   |   Comment by Mack  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#80

Must review my earlier positive remarks on Plato.


My initial avi-to-mov convert worked fine, as I mentioned before.

But>>>

Any further attempts to convert *any other type of file* failed miserably, with constant Windows error messages & even when the file *appeared* to convert OK to 100%, when I tried to launch it I got Quicktime error which said I was missing codecs which Apple's site couldn't supply me with/ bad. No other converted files I tried worked either & the Desktop folder I had downloaded them to failed to open & caused a system crash>>>only fixed when I uninstalled the whole program.

Disappointed.

I'm going to stick with the tried & true Super...also dvdvideosoft.com which has more varied converters than anyone will probably ever need - all free & clean, ASFAIK :)

Reply   |   Comment by zhuk  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#79

#46 Jack Hammer

Try NoteTab Light, an extremely versatile little program.
http://www.notetab.com/ntl.php .
Open a new document (eg. "RegCodes" ), click on "Document" in toolbar, click on "Use as Paste Board" (Shift+Ctrl+P).
All text copied to the Windows clipboard will be automatically saved in your NoteTab document.

Reply   |   Comment by BobR  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#78

I posted comment #41. I tried a few things but could not get it to work.
Apparently this program is working for some people and perhaps there is something on my computer that is preventing (or should I say crashing) the program. For instance, I have windows xp and windows media player 11 but when I installed the program it installed windows media 9 run time files. I am wondering if that has anything to do with this issue. One thing is clear to me: The program is crashing upon starting because there is some dependency that is not present (or incompatible) on my computer. An error message [generated by the program] would have been helpful.

Reply   |   Comment by venk  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#77

Some suggesion about this software is that the conversion speed and the kind of video code still need to improve, I alwlays use aimersoft video converter, it works really well

Reply   |   Comment by Carina  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

Thank You for this software , I love it and like it works fine, but I'm scare some stupid spammer who spam this side

Reply   |   Comment by AJ  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

Program will NOT install under Vista Home Premium.
Receive error message "_RegDLLtmp has stopped working."
Tried running as Admin and with DEP off with no luck.

Dave

Reply   |   Comment by FiOS-Dave  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

Note to Plato Software: What I need is a converter that can handle DVR-MS to AVI for my recorded TV shows.
If anyone knows of a good one, please post a link.

Reply   |   Comment by allthumbz  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

Installed oK on windows xp. It does convert some files but I needed to convert MOV to some other file type. It will not convert the .MOV files from digital camera or other sources.

It does convert from other file types but not the one I need.

Seems others can convert MOV files Ok and website says it can convert them but does not on my computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Art .  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

I LOVE THIS !! !! I have been looking for something to convert .avi for so long i gave up! So what i did was copy about 10 files (some verrry large old 3 Stooges movies, even) to another folder (just in case) and then loaded up Plato and walked away. Bam! it was done much quicker than i thought. None of this hours and hours of waiting. And i didnt even make any adjustments in the settings. I just used the default settings. Also, thanks to all those that left other soft ware sites in case my PC crashes and i lose Plato. Drag and drop would have been just an extra perk.

Reply   |   Comment by donnie  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

Add me to the list of XP Pro sp2 users who can't get the program to even start up :( - 1st time for any GAOTD offering!

-Add your comments to the topic in the forums.

Reply   |   Comment by WaveThemes  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

Converts at a reasonable speed compared to other converters.

P.S. I install some GiveAways on my pendrive usb 4GB drive in Vista Ultimate O.S. and that works fine, yet I load up XP O.S. and they are unregistered when ran from pendrive in that O.S. but now that i have the bugs worked out of my Vista system and all my peripherals running fine with it I will use it mostly anyway. Hope this helps some... <(__)~

Reply   |   Comment by StanP.  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

The software worked well for me. Converted a short clip from MOV to MP3. Glad I read all the comments about registering the software correctly first. Thanks. I'd been waiting for something like this.

Reply   |   Comment by Geraldine  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

Hello - I have downloaded & installed on VISTA but noted that their web site does not claim that this works on Vista. So, I am ready for a gotcha when I use it. At least parts of program likely will not work. Too early to tell.
I would like to THANK PLATO software for making this and a few other programs available recently. I always troll the manufactures web site prior to download & install anything. I noticed a couple of other programs they sell. When I have need of such software, I am likely to look at their software First as a result of their offering some free samples!

Reply   |   Comment by John Chrysostom  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

Thanks for the freebee. I know that you've offered software like this time and again - and sooner or later I'll find one that I like - this might be the one. All it costs me is time, thanks to GAOTD !!

Reply   |   Comment by WaveThemes  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

ok seems there is a few of us having the same problem installed fine but just get a splash screen then nothing when trying to open ..any ideas

-Seems there are several of us with this problem - Add your comments in The Forums

Reply   |   Comment by perfectlyme  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

This did exactly what I needed to - allowed converting videos recorded with Fraps (at least on my primary computer.)

I did run into quirks, where the application incorrectly stated that the conversion was done successfully (such as when you specified an incorrect or unusable output path - which happened to be default.) The output for most options is limited 30 FPS, but at least it makes output that other applications can recognize.

It's not the best utility, but it worked.

@JACK HAMMER:
Cut-and-paste worked fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigma 7  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

#41 & #51 I'm getting the same problem, running Windows XP. Shame, as I have been looking for a good convertor and was encouraged by the positive responses. I'll try one of the alternative free convertors that people have helpfully suggested here.

Reply   |   Comment by alimac  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Two requests:

1. Would GOTD-staff please mark their edits in posts here as such. As a forum admin I hate these "anonymous edits". Thanks!

2. @Jack Hammer, who makes as much noise as his name cousin (aka "kangaroo"): Don't yell at us, we can hear you... About your problem.. Copy and paste? Sounds familiar? Then please use them. Do I sound annoyed, irritated? That's because I am, I always am after reading a post almost entirely in caps.

In general: Programs tend to get better, better, worse, better, etc. etc. If they wouldn't be offered here, you wouldn't have the chance to test them (which, and this has been written many, many times before, is the prime reason why these offers exist here), and how whould you know that program X now is a little, much more, better than program Y, not to mention program Z?

Reply   |   Comment by Richard van Buren  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

A couple of quick notes: first of all, I rate this product 6.5 out of 10.
Now my reasoning:
I've used every feature I could find, and recoded 4 films per setting set. Sources:
HD 9Mbs Video 3Mbs audio
Standard high resolution film, 2Mbs Video 1Mbs audio
Standard film 900Mbs Video 400Kbs audio
TV Rip 320Kbs Video, 128Kbs audio

1) The MPEG video conversion is seriously lacking. The encoder used does not allow for the modification of video bitrate. I'm sorry, but I don't want my DVD conversion from a 8.9Mbs video file to be recoded to a 3Mbs file, nor a 900Kbs. Let ME chose the video bit-rate. I understand the standards used are for ease of use, but an "advanced" option or setting would be useful, and bump the score up to a 9/10.
2) The MPEG Audio converter is also lacking. There is no reason to limit the audio rate to just 224Kbs. A little flexibility is a necessity. Please. I prefer 128Kbs for lesser films, and 1Mbs for high end/high quality films.
3) No screen manipulation allowed. HELLO! The tiny little box that appears on a screen at 1640X1080 or 1680X1050 is just way to small to be used. I click on the edge, to drag the size larger, nope! Nothing.
4) No support for existing encoders. I paid well for my encoder set. Adobe, Aone, and UT all allow me to use existing encoders to create better/faster output. Why should I be limited to slow, outdated, sub-par encoders that don't even give me some ability to work with in regard to bitrate!??
Overall)
This is a great IDEA, but it is lacking at the moment. Anyone with an hour of time to kill could read a little and tinker with VirtualDub or VirtualDubMod to reach the point of near-mastery. For users like myself, there's even a legitimate VDub X64 edition with full support for 64-bit code. VDub does everything can, with one extra download (KLite Mega Codec pack or Everything Decode/Encode Package) do everything that this program does, and everything this program should do. Sorry, but for the same price, a user could get a superior 1-click solution from Ultra Video Converter, with far more flexibility AND support for a dozen different subtitle formats, and for free, could learn to use powerful VirtualDub variants. This is just not up to par yet.

Reply   |   Comment by lostinlodos  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

Its not working.
After installing, when u double click on the icon, nothing happens

Thanks anyway!

Reply   |   Comment by vishal Rana  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

Ver, nice app,bu I will pass because I already have many video converters.But thanks as always GOATD.

Reply   |   Comment by Simply Free  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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