Probably the first thing you will notice about our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner, Video Converter Ultimate from Wondershare, is the wonderful collection of file types it is equipped to handle. On both the input and the output side, we could scarcely find a file type that this video converter software cannot tackle. That is the very essence of the value of this class of product – the number of potential conversions it can offer you. In this case, that number is very high.
Soon after, you will notice its simple and elegant interface and how wonderfully easy it is to use. This product will work well for you, even if you have never used video converter software before. The interface is so straightforward.
Next, you will discover a very comprehensive tool set. This interface hides nothing. You will be able to manipulate your videos in almost any way you like, within minutes of getting started. There are only a few minor minuses with this product including some limitations with batch conversions, but this software compares well with other video converters by most measures.
The input file list is very impressive. For video, you can input the following file types: TIVO, AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, NUT, H.264, NSV, VOB, MOV, FLV, MKV, MTS/M2TS/TS/TP/TRP (AVCHD, H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2 HD), MOD, TOD, DV, WMV, ASF, 3GP, 3G2, DRM MP4, RM and RMVB. The audio list is equally impressive, with MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, APE, MKA, AU, AIFF, FLAC and more. There is even a formidable list of image file types – BMP, JPEG, GIF and PNG. We cannot imagine many conversion scenarios where you would need anything more than that.
The number of outputs this software can product can produce is truly astounding, and that is just the actual formats. You can trade your starting format for any of these: HD MKV, HD TS, HD TRP, HD AVI, HD MP4, HD MPG, HD WMV, HD MOV, ASF, MOV, M4V, MP4-AVC, MP4-XviD, MP4-MC, WMV, MKV, AVI, Xvid, DV, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL, MPEG-1 SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL, MPEG-2 SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL, DVD-Video SECAM, FLV, F4V, SWF, 3GP and 3G2.
That's not even counting the 3D formats, which include 3D MP4, 3D WMV, 3D AVI, 3D MKV, 3D YouTube video. The 3D output feature was still listed as being in the beta phase when we were testing, but we got it to work well. This feature will be a lot of fun to use. Imagine being able to change your favorite action film into a 3D adventure. Sharing your 3D version of home movies on YouTube could also be a lot of fun.
The settings Video Converter Ultimate has for output devices are truly amazing too. All of the ones most folks would expect are there – iPad, iPhone, Droid Incredible, Eris, Desire and others – and you can also have this video converter make you a video that will play well on Fuze, Sony Walkman, BlackBerry, Zen X-Fi and many, many more.
With this video converter software, you have a lot of control over what your final video output will be. Video Converter Ultimate can convert several files at the same time for you, and it can help you merge files or split them. It cannot help you convert several files at the same time to separate file types, though. If you convert a batch together, you have to change them all to the same file type. This is not something that will come up that often, but we prefer to have the option. Video Converter Ultimate will allow you to set the video's dimensions and to only convert certain portions of the video. You can set a start and stop time so you don't waste a moment converting portions of the video you don't want or need.
You have so much room to explore the final look of your video too. This software makes it so easy to crop the screen and control things like brightness, contrast and saturation. You can even add fun effects with just a couple clicks. It is easy to make your movie look like a negative or like old film. You likely won't need the embossing effect that often, but it is so nice to have so many options.
To make your videos truly your own, Video Converter Ultimate can help you add a watermark or subtitles. All of these tools are very easy to find.
We like that you can convert to and from video files and extract audio from an existing video, so you will be able to grab just the background music from an existing video.
We found Video Converter Ultimate to be extremely easy to use. Everything is clearly labeled and easily accessible. It is set up so that most tools only involve pointing and clicking to reach your destination. We didn’t have any problems understanding the process and were able to jump right into converting video files within minutes of downloading the software.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate provides solid support for its customers, most of which we don't think you will need because it is a very intuitive application. If you need to ask a question, there is email support, an in-application guide, FAQs, live chat and user forums at your disposal. We found that the forums contain a lot of helpful user-contributed information. We received responses to our emails within a day. The live chat coverage could be spotty at times, but that is fairly common.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is a comprehensive video conversion application that allows you to convert a wide variety of formats to almost any output format, including 3D. We found the software easy to use. Even the advanced features are non-threatening. There are only a handful of misses that you probably won't even notice.
This video converter can handle almost any video file type, and it has an impressive list of editing tools.
Video Converter Ultimate's batch converting feature has some limitations.
This is a wonderfully capable converter that offers so much flexibility in an easy-to-learn package. Download and convert almost any video within minutes.