Modern UI is what gives Windows 8 its legs. The latest OS looks and feels closer to its mobile counterpart, thanks to its touchscreen-friendly interface. We have covered plentiful Windows Store apps, catering for almost every category, but one particular kind of application that we were yet to come across was a media converter, until we came across Format Converter X. Generally, people who spend a lot of time converting audio video files would rather look for powerful solutions, like Format Factory or HandBrake. Nonetheless, for Windows 8 RT users or traditionalists, Format Converter X can lend a helping hand. The app’s design remains closer to Windows 8’s Metro-style formula. It doesn’t really give much of a choice in terms of output format selection, but it does accept quite a few files types as input, such as MOV, MPEG, WAV, M4V, MP4, AAC, WMV, PCM and WMA. The output selection stays limited to MP4, MP3, WMV, WMA and AAC.
Downloading the app is fairly quick and hassle free. Open the Windows Store app from the Start Screen and then type Format Factory X in the Search Charms. Once you are on its Windows Store page, hit the Install button to the left.
The application doesn’t contain tons of features or tweaking options. Once launched, you simply click the format tile to which you want to perform the format conversion and the application will open the file explorer, letting you select the input file.
The integrated File Explorer allows selecting multiple items, therefore allowing you to convert files in batch. That said, you can select both audio and video files, provided, the selected files meet the input format requirements. After selecting your items, click or tap the Open button at the lower right corner.
The added files appear on the main screen. If it’s a video file, the app allows you to select the output resolution under the Quality tile, which includes HD 1080p, HD 720p, NTSC, PAL, QVGA, VGA and WVGA. Likewise, you can go for Low, Medium or High, while selecting the quality of audio files. Path tile lets you define the target directory and output name. Once everything is in place, click Convert button to commence the conversion process.
If we have one criticism against Format Converter X, it’s the small number of formats support. Other than that, it’s an awesome multimedia converter that does a handsome job in converting both audio video files. Testing of the app was carried out on Windows 8 Pro 64-bit system.