MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5 is a video converter, player and editor for MPEG, Quicktime, DVD's and some online video channels. I like the ability to open a DVD at different sections rather than having to open the full video. This allows you to import a section and then put in and out points for the area you'd like to make a focus and save it for use in a course project.
The export formats can convert from: MOV, DV, MP4, AVI, DIVX, MPG, MPEG, VOB (and more) to MOV, DV, MP4, AVI and DIVX. It's a good go-between for PC and MAC codecs.
You need to use the beta version on the MAC in order to download from a URL via YouTube or Google Video. Even after installing Quicktime Alternative 1.81 (Mpeg Streamclip insists), the download / convert open a URL for the Windows systems does NOT work. There are easier ways to download videos from the web - we'll be covering those in other articles.
OS: Mac, PC