Data Preparation

Video Format Converters

The staggering number of video formats and compression algorithms does not allow for a comprehensive listing of video format converters, which exist in abundance. Instead, check commercial software libraries (e.g., ZDNet, cnet or German heise) for alternatives to our selection of software.

The most common formats you want to convert to are avi and mpeg-1, as these are the most widely accepted video formats.

Downloading Video and Audio Streams

Many television and radio programs these days broadcast over the internet. Some of them even offer archives for their programs. Unfortunately most of these offers are streaming their multimedia files, which makes them impossible to download for analysis without additional programs. Here are some of the programs that allow you to download Real Player™ and Windows Media Player™ streams:

Video Format Converters

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