If you watch a lot of films or video files which you have downloaded from the internet or which have come from your personal digital cameras or video recorders, then you will be aware that there are lots of different types of video file in use today. Unfortunately, you will also notice that some of your video players will also only play certain video formats, which could mean that you are left disappointed if you want to play some other file types. To play some of the more unusual file types which you have, you have two main options: download alternative video playback software or invest in reputable video converter software. Each method has its own pros and cons, so it is up to you to decide which one you will choose.

Alternative Video Playback Software
It is almost impossible to find video playback software which plays every single type of video and audio file. If you use a lot of different file types regularly, you may be choose to download lots of different types of playback software onto your computer, if you want to play all of these files in their original format. However, downloading additional playback software to your compute can take up a lot of space on your hard drive, which could lead to jerky playback on your computer, if you only have limited hard drive space.

Video Converter Software
In the past, some people have been afraid to use video converter software, because it used to be unreliable. In some cases, poor video conversion software can leave you with poor audio and video quality. But if you invest in a good quality piece of conversion software, you will be able to convert a huge range of file types into a more preferential file type, without sacrificing their quality at all. If you choose the conversion route, you will only need to download one piece of conversion software, rather than multiple video plays. This is a great idea if you only have a limited amount of space on your computer. If you only have one file of a certain type, it is far more efficient to convert that file to a more common file type than it would be to download a player specifically for that type of video file. Converting a file from one format to another is also usually completed much faster than the time it would take you to find a suitable, new video player and download it.