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Adapter is a Free Everything-to-Everything Transcoding App for Mac and Windows

07.6.11 @ 12:57PM Tags : , , , , , ,

Ever since VisualHub was discontinued, there’s been a dearth of freeware transcoding apps on the Mac. I’ve since recommended MPEG Streamclip, but a true “everything to everything” program hasn’t been available in the free arena. As of a week ago you can grab the new version of Apple Compressor for $50, but they didn’t update the program to 64-bit or even change the interface from the last version (which I was never a fan of). Thus newcomer Adapter, while still in beta, looks promising:

The application also offers some other interesting features, like flash video downloading from the internet (just input a URL). The list of compatible file formats:

3g2, 3gp, 4xm, RoQ, ac3, alaw, asf, asf_stream, au, audio_dice, avi, crc, daud, dc1394, s, dv, dv1394, dvd, ea, ffm, film_cpk, flic, flv, gif, h261, h263, h264, idcin, image, image2, image2pipe, imagepipe, ipmovie, m4v, matroska, mjpeg, mmf, mov, mov, mp4, m4a, 3gp, 3g2, mp2, mp3, mp4, mpeg, mpeg1video, mpeg2video, mpegts, mpegvideo, mpjpeg, mulaw, nsv, null, nut, ogg, psp, psxstr, rawvideo, redir, rm, rtp, rtsp, s16be, s16le, s8, sdp, shn, sol, svcd, swf, u16be, u16le, u8, vcd, video4linux, vmd, vob, wav, wc3movie, wsaud, wsvqa, yuv4mpegpipe

I haven’t tested it in depth but a quick conversion showed fast results (on a fast hackintosh, at least) with good quality.

Link: Adapter

[via Lifehacker]


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  • Looks cool. Can Adapter batch convert like Streamclip can?

    • From the screenshot, it looks to me like it can.

      On an unrelated note, the logo puzzles me… looks cool, but then there’s that weird curve and spike at the bottom. Totally breaks the flow, looks like a mistake… but it’s all over their website so I guess it’s intentional.

      • Alec Sprinkle on 07.6.11 @ 2:00PM

        I thought the same thing. Fix the logo, please! We’re too OCD to allow such a thing to go unnoticed.

  • well… almost everything. I don’t see .webm in the list which I had to convert to recently for an html5 project. Nice to have this to convert to other similar formats though like ogg which I also had to deliver.

  • For PC users you had AVS Media Converter, it’s very much like Adapter only it costs $59. Guess I’m switching to this one. Thanks NFS!

  • It’s based on ffmpeg and can’t convert Prores. Still looking for a Converter that gives me the quality of Handbrake but can handle Prores-Files. Any idea? h246-conversion on Streamclip does’t even look close to Handbrake.

  • Nah… VisualHub rules!

  • i don’t see wmv on there. i need to convert quicktimes to wmv’s.

    • Haha, should read ‘converts anything to anything EXCEPT WMV.’

      Nothing does ‘anything,’ there’s always ‘something’ that it doesn’t do. Oh well.

  • Looks a pretty useful tool. I am still in awe of Super (here –, which has handled pretty much everything I wanted (even stupid random requests from clients for changing wmv’s to swf and things like that). It handles batch conversions and everything too. Its just a bit overwhelming (the GUI is for people who know what they are doing, which, I imagine, is a lot of the people on here!). Their website is pretty horrible too, but worth it. Quick Media Converter (here – is also pretty handy, and has some good presets for things I just need to change over quickly. Will look into Adapter a bit more though, might be a good option.

  • Forgot to say – both of those are free too!

  • I really need to go from H.264 to ProRes. It looks like a great program, but of little use to me.

  • Thanks breeze for the zamzar link but, I think I’d rather have my own ‘in-computer’ app to convert.
    I downloaded MPEG Streamclip but, unless I’m missing something, it doesn’t have a wmv output option.
    Can anyone suggest an app that converts qt’s to wmv?

    Chad Dyle, you should try Rarevisions ’5DtoRGB’…

  • How about this one FREE STUDIO at

    or try this one

    Free Video Converter

  • Looks interesting, but MPEG Streamclip, coupled with the perian QT plugin (both free) still give fantasic results, and read just about anything. Not sure how this improves on things…

  • .. And I agree with about the Compressor GUI. As radically as they changed the FCPX gui why does Compressor still feel and look like a 15 year old app?

  • I still use, and love VisualHub. But I’m still using Leopard and I’ve heard it breaks when you upgrade to Snow. What a shame, never really got a satisfying answer to why this fantastic program went dark.

  • Doesnt work. It gives me FFmpegOutputDecoder.parseError…