Video evidence is coming into your office in all types of formats. The good old days are gone when you could stick a CD or DVD into your computer file and read and view video in either .wpm or .mov file. Today there are all types of movie files in many different formats from all types of capturing devices. Here are a couple of software downloads to help you decipher and convert those files so most computers can read them:
MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows. It can play many movie files, not only MPEGs; it can convert MPEG files between muxed/demuxed formats for authoring; it can encode movies to many formats, including iPod; it can cut, trim and join movies. MPEG Streamclip can also download videos from YouTube and Google by entering the page URL.
It is compatible to both Mac and Windows and is a free download.
Micro Video Converter is a similar converter to MPEG Streamclip, but limits the files it converts to popular smartphones and most Apple and Android devices, including the iPod and other media players. It is also available for free download for Windows and for Mac.
Video shot on some of the older smartphones and media devices is sometimes grainy and not good quality for litigation and trial display. Some footage, especially for liability proof requires still frames, slow-motion, graphics and enhancement for use at mediation or trial. That can easily be accomplished by uploading the native files to Dropbox or a secure server from a video production facility that performs forensic enhancements. Remember, if you can see it, it can be enhanced. To learn more about enhancement capabilities, click here.