The ideal video converter software would convert to and from every file format on earth, allow you to edit the final product in any way and be our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner. AVS Video Converter comes closer to that ideal than any other product we reviewed.
We like this video converter because it has all of the right tools in the right package. Even if you have never converted a video in your life, you will be able to start using this software quickly.
With the exception of 3D output, AVS converts to and from all the formats we were searching for, and many more that we were not. We think you will love all of the ways you can manipulate and personalize your videos with this video converter. There are 84 video effects in all – give it a pencil sketch effect, make it look like an old movie, add snow and pretty much anything else you can think of. The software also includes its own built-in DVD burner.
Perhaps one of AVS Video Converter’s best features is the built-in DVD burner. After you’ve converted your video files to an NTSC (U.S.) or PAL (Europe) compatible format, you simply burn the file to a DVD and your video is ready to be played in any standard DVD player.
With AVS Video Converter, you can do some video editing, including splitting, joining and trimming video and adding audio tracks. In addition to that, the video and audio effects are a lot of fun and ensure that your videos will look and sound the way you envision them. With 84 audio effects you are sure to find just what you want – choose to flip, twist, skew, sharpen, emboss, defuse and do pretty much anything to the visuals.
Although this software does have the ability to adjust advanced features such as bitrates and sample rates, we had a difficult time finding where to make the adjustments initially. There is an Edit Profiles button located on the right side of the interface that leads you to an advanced adjustments screen. Although the button is clearly visible, its name is misleading.
AVS Video Converter is versatile in this category. Its comprehensive list of supported input file formats includes HD video formats, Audio Video Interleave (including HD video), Windows Media formats (including HD), and MPEG, Adobe Flash Video and mobile formats like MP4. That is the short version of the list.
We really like that the software can rip and convert files directly from a DVD or MiniDisc. Unlike most video converter software, AVS suggests using the IFO files instead of the VOB files because they contain more information and make for a better conversion. We did not encounter any problems when converting the IFO files.
Supported output files include HD video formats, Audio Video Interleave (including HD video), Windows Media formats, MPEG (including HD), Adobe Flash Video and QuickTime.
AVS Video Converter not only outputs to media players like iPod, iPhone and Zune, but also lesser-known media brands such as Creative Zen, Archos Xbox360, PSP, iRiver and more. We had no problems converting videos to play on several media players with varying format requirements. However, you do need to be informed about bitrates to know which output profile will work for you.
You can also customize your output files' codices, frame size (good for media players), frame rate, bitrate and more.
AVS Video Converter features a small and intuitive interface. Simply choose the output format from the icons located along the toolbar, select the input file from your hard drive, direct your output to your preferred video folder and convert.
After a file is converted, AVS will automatically send your converted video to your Video folder located in the My Documents folder, or you can direct your converted videos to a specific folder of your choice.
Aside from the struggle to find advanced features at first, we found this converter very easy to use. That's a major feat for a product that offers so many tools. Designers put them neatly into tabs and added graphics that help guide you through the process.
This top-ranked software can convert to and from a very large selection of file types. It is missing a few features, including the ability to convert standard videos to 3D, but the list of included features is extensive. We also like its attractive and intuitive interface. AVS Video Converter gives you full creative control over your videos too, with an impressive list of editing and effects tools.
AVS Video Converter can handle an extensive list of video file types and offers a wonderful array of both audio and video effects tools.
The software lacks the ability to convert to 3D video and audio files.
With an intuitive interface and all the right tools to get you the final video you want, AVS Video Converter is a superior product.