How to Convert Files: A Guide to Converting Audio and Video Files

Audio. Video. MP3. MP4. AVI. Are these the kinds of terms that are floating around your head, causing you unnecessary stress and confusion?

The modern world demands an aptitude with file conversion, and sadly, many people in business are lacking this skill. If you are curious to learn everything you need to know about how to convert files, read our guide below.

A Basic Guide to Converting Files

Your first question is probably, “Which file format should I convert into?” The answer is usually a simple “audio” or “video” file. Or even “video.” Converting files does not have to be a daunting task.

All of the conversion options that you can find on Windows can be easily navigated. Once you have determined the file format to convert, we will take a look at the various methods of doing so, and how to use them. 

The Different File Types

In this section, we will talk about three of the most common file types in the market: MP3 and MP4. MP3 is a specific audio file format that has been in the market for over 30 years.

MP3 is a lossless audio format that ensures data quality and accuracy. It makes up 30% of the digital music market, with over 2 billion songs downloaded every month. One can even listen to it on an MP3 player such as iPod, PlayStation, etc.

There are so many different variations of MP3 out there; the most common ones are MP3 Audio and MP3 Video. MP3 is widely used for everything, from commercials, to game soundtracks, to advertisements, to podcasts, to music players, to ringtones, and much more.

MP4 is a similar format. However, MP4 applies to a video while MP3 applies to audio. Both formats are quite common in the modern world. Whether you are listening to Bon Jovi or watching a Dude Perfect video, chances are that the MP format is lingering somewhere.

Converting Audio Files

Unlike video, audio files don’t have the same file size standards, so it is up to you to know your way around them. Before you can start to convert an audio file, you need to make sure that you have the file needed in order to get the job done.

Before we get into the details of converting audio files, let’s look at what it takes to convert sound files. As a general rule, music files contain an audio file, an instrument recording, and an instrument mixing (mastering) track.

Music files are produced with software programs, such as iTunes, Garageband, and even Pro Tools. These programs handle the bulk of the work to create music, including audio editing and mixing.

Music that is professionally mastered includes noise reduction, equalization, compression, and the writing of down-fading, reverb, and echo on top of the tracks. There is a lot of artistry behind decent sound production, but that part is all done in the software programs.

To convert audio files, you will need to download an audio editing software of your choice. You will then open your desired file in the program. From here, select the dropdown menu indicating “Convert” or “Render”.

You will see a variety of options for bitrate and file formats. Select your desired file, choose an output destination, and convert the file to create a new version of your audio in your desired format.

Converting Video Files

Converting video files is a little more complicated than audio files. Let’s break it down. A video file is a series of discrete images. In our example, a video file is a collection of three images, each separated by a small blank space.

Video files contain frames, so each frame will contain three individual images. To compress video files, the camera records different images for each frame. There are a variety of video converter applications on the market. They all use an algorithm to compress the images within each frame.

To create a compressed video, simply move the images around on the screen until you have a final file. Videos created with video converter software can be exported to different file formats, including AVI, MPEG-2, MOV, and FLV.

Differences in Mac and Windows File Conversions

Due to inherent differences in code, appearance, and function, Mac and Windows have some details to consider when converting files.

For example, when you are trying to Mac convert AVI to MP4, you may require a specific system. When doing the same process on Windows, things will likely appear different. 

Both platforms have a range of popular conversion software options for users. Regardless of which video or audio conversion software you choose, the idea is the same: you convert your file to something else you can use. The concept applies to both Mac and Windows.

How To Convert Files Online?

To get the best results, you should rely on a file conversion service that is designed for all kinds of file conversions rather than an online file converter. The company you choose to work with will make your job a lot simpler, as they are in the business of getting your files converted for you.

While it is best to work with a company that employs an in-house team, you may be able to hire a company that offers remote file conversion services. You should always shop around and ask plenty of questions when considering these options.

Some companies may charge an arm and a leg for what amounts to a simple service. Sure, performing your own file conversions can be a pain, but it may be your best bet if you are trying to save money.

Start Converting Audio and Video Files Today

We hope you enjoyed this guide on how to convert files for audio and video.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this topic, feel free to contact us by leaving a comment below or checking out our blog for more. We look forward to hearing from you!

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