Converting YouTube (or not) with Any Video Converter

any_video_converter_icon I came home today and there was incoming message waiting with request for software advice. Friend wanted something easy and efficient to convert YouTube video into avi . I knew that Google or Softpedia either would probably give few millions of fitting software so I started with my Opera bookmarks .

And there is it was (in the folder of much buzzed applications) – Any Video Converter (AVC).

What it does

All video converting applications are same. They take video as input and video as output. The more types of video are available (and the less money app costs) – the better it is.


AVC takes in most of common computer video formats including flash videos. No support for ripping DVD but it does support it as output.

On top of converting functions AVC has internal downloader that supports few video sites – starting with YouTube of course.

Internal workings

As most of its kind AVC is based on FFMPEG . It means that quality for whatever will be exactly same as with most other converters. Such software is mostly only an interface meaning that usability and stability are more important than standard core.


My personal opinion but app looks… bad. “Want to be Vista-like but fail” type of looks. I had also experienced some parts of interface getting stuck when toggling sidebar. I’d prefer standard (and productive) window instead of trying to be fancy.

It also shows nagging prompt to go look at paid professional version. Shows it a lot. Very annoying. I checked that compare versions page in the end and in my opinion extra profiles for mobile devices is so not something interesting to pay for.


Aside from interface and being nagware app gave impression of fast and solid solution. Encoding from YouTube was especially efficient – I only had to paste link, choose profile and click Encode . Easy.

Users of expensive converters won’t be impressed but for a freebie this one works excellent.

Home&download page http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/

Video tutorials http://www.any-video-converter.com/avc-youtube-videos-01.php

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  • Ben Tremblay #

    Good stuff buddy. This article caught my attention as I'm getting into video blogging. I could use it if I ever need to integrate something from a youtube video in one of my video for whatever reason. Most video editing software have no problems with avi (while I'm not to sure about flv) and that's usually what I convert my videos to so it's good.
  • Rarst #

    @Ben Yeah, that's exactly what my friend needed converter for. :)
  • Ky #

    Well, if opening a flv file is the problem, just get the VLC player and you'll be able play them. Converting media files nearly always results in quality loss.
  • Rarst #

    @Ky Opening file to watch it and opening it to edit are very different things. :)
  • Toni #

    K-Lite codec pack (see the review on this site) is also an option for playing flv and other formats, without installing another mediaplayer. I use it and it makes Windows Mediaplayer eat anything.
  • Rarst #

    @Toni Yeah, I like K-Lite a lot. :) VLC player is nice as well. But they are both software solutions that must be installed. Video converters are more often used to make video compatible with non-Windows devices - DVD players, mobile phones, tablets, etc.
  • Peter #

    This program is ok, I have been using VideoGet for a while for downloading and converting movies, I recommend it.
  • Rarst #

    @Peter Googled that one, seems shareware-only. There are so many such apps around I see little reason to go for payware (for my needs).