Converting videos on iOS devices may sound strange, but with increasing performance of iDevices, especially iPad, it may be good to have handy converter when desktop computer/laptop is not present. Just look at performance of 12.9-inch iPad Pro – it has GPU faster than Intel Iris 5200 Pro and 4 GB RAM. Many converting apps needs Internet connection, because they send videos to remote server, where is converted, and then server sends it back to your iDevice. This is not the best way, especially on slow or limited (cellular) connection. Best app for video converting I found is iConv by Evan Hurst.
You can import videos to iConv by “Open with…” or via Document Picker. Videos can be imported via iTunes or 3rd pary apps like iMazing too, but why we should convert convert on iDevice, when we have computer?
Here is screenshot of iConv after launching:
Just tap on video and then Convert. Then tap on Advance. You will see many options:
- Time range
- Video encoder
- Video dimension
- Video FPS
- Video bitrate
- Audio encoder
- Audio sample rate
- Audio bitrate
iConv support mpeg4 and libx264 video encoders and libfaac audio encoder.
Default output is video with audio, but you can choose, if you want, to convert video without audio or even audio without video.
List of supported video formats:
List of support audio formats:
Note: audio formats are available when converting to audio without video only.
On 12.9-inch iPad Pro is converting really fast, thanks to powerful A9X SoC and 4 GB RAM. iConv is optimized for 12.9-inch iPad Pro and supports iOS 9 multitasking, but videos can’t be converted in background. Developer of iConv regurally updates app in App Store.
You can download reviewed app(s) here:
Video Converter/Editor For Any Audio/Media Format
Update 1st – 26. March 2017: support for ac3 audio was dropped due to license issues.