Need to convert a video or audio file into a different kind of video or audio file? Freeware favorite Handbrake can handle some video formats, but it's a bit out of date--and nowhere near as comprehensive as a utility like WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.
That tool normally sells for $29.95, but from now until November 4, you can download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe absolutely free. It's available for Windows and Mac; the license codes you need are listed right on the download page.
What's the catch? There isn't one, except that this freebie doesn't qualify for technical support or updates.
Of course, it'll probably be quite some time before you'd need an update. HD Video Converter Deluxe (HDVCD from here on) comes loaded for bear, offering support for nearly every video and audio codec known to man. It's also the first converter (according to WinX) that handles multitrack video formats like BDAV, M2TS, and AVCHD.
Alas, I don't see WTV on the format list, meaning HDVCD can't convert shows recorded using Windows Media Center. That's a bummer.
On the plus side, it offers extras like the Website Video Downloader, which can save (and convert, natch) videos from the likes of YouTube, and output presets for every portable player from Android to Zune.
And let's not forget: this is a $30 video converter you're getting for zilch, zip, nada. Don't pass it up!
Bonus deal: Today only, Wal-Mart offers your choice of seven laptops (including a couple 17-inch models), each with a Blu-ray drive and your choice of three Blu-ray movies, for $558 (plus sales tax in most states and a buck for shipping). Some decent movie picks, too, including the first two "Lord of the Rings" films!