Even with the staggering number of video formats already in existence, new formats seem to pop up all the time. The fast-paced emergence of new video-capable devices and media player software has only added to the rate at which new formats are developed. The problem is that video files formatted to play on one device may not be playable on another, leaving users who upgrade or change to a different device with libraries of unplayable content.
Hamster brings us the answer. It’s a video converter utility, capable of transforming files from one format to another. While other video converters exist, they’re often highly technical and complicated to use. Hamster is designed to be simple and quick, allowing you to convert video files quickly and easily.
There’s no bewildering array of settings or baroque control panel — just a straightforward interface designed so that anyone can use it. The conversion process has three steps: just load, choose the format you want, and convert. Hamster’s drag-and-drop capability lets you choose videos for editing in a quick and intuitive way; you can also open folders and files in a more traditional explorer view.
Hamster is free to download and use, and very simple to install. It doesn’t come bundled with annoying browser toolbars or other sketchy “helpful” software that you need to opt out of during the installation process. Despite being free, it doesn’t fill your screen with ads while you use it.