To be frank before I started reviewing Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate I thought this was just another video converter and nothing great but my opinion completely changed once I started using this application.
P.S. The review is based on the Mac version of the software which is reviewed using iMac 2010 model.
The Wondershare video converter is a merry 30 MB download so it takes about 2 minutes to download it. Even after installation the software just took upto 95 MB(approx) of my hard disk space which is almost negligible.
When I opened up the application I could see a popup kind of window asking me if I wanted to install the add on “video download feature” that comes with the software. I choose not to install it for the time being.
Then I saw a clean neat window where I could simply drag and drop the video I wanted to convert. The interface is simple and easy to use. All you have to do is drag and drop the video you want to convert. Choose the format you would want the output to be and then click the convert icon. The conversion formats are also well organized into categories. The UI is surely better than most other video converters.
Wondershare video converter worked extremely well behind the scenes. Not once my computer felt sluggish or hung up. I have used many video converters but this one ran the smoothest on my computer.
I was able to use to use mail, browser, iTunes, Office, Photo booth and other application seamlessly while the Wondershare video converter was converting the videos in a minimized window.
However, the bigger and more RAM consuming applications like iPhoto, iMovies, Final Cut Pro were a little sluggish and worked slowly but that is understandable.
You can convert from source files in your computer hard disk and also from links(internet connection required). The software downloads the video from the link and then lets you convert it
The company on its website claims the video converter is 30x faster than most other video converters. This is just a marketing gimmick. The video converter is not that fast. It is slightly faster than other converters but not 30x for sure. I converted a 4.8 GB blue ray movie to iPhone 5 format and it took me good 60 minutes to do it.
This is one of the things that impressed me a lot. The software lets one convert in 76 different formats. Video’ can be converted for devices including iPhones, iPads, Apple TV’s, Kindles, Samsung Galaxy’s, Xbox One, Windows Phone, Playstation, Nintendo Wii, Blackberry, Motorola Droid and LG Optimus to name a few.
The conversion formats are extremely well classified into Devices, Editing, Web sharing, Video, Audio and HD.
If you are converting the video for a particular purpose just select that option. Its that simple. For example if you have to convert your video for your iPhone 4 you need not know which format is supported by iPhone 4 or any other details. You simply have to choose iPhone 4. The software knows which format it has to convert to so that you can play it on your iPhone 4.
One unique feature that I found was the ability to convert to editing software formats. This is rare to see in video converters and I think Wondershare has done an excellent job here. Wondershare video converter lets you convert to formats of Final Cut Pro, iMovies and many more.
One word – AMAZING!
The video quality after conversion is brilliant. There are no sound lags or video glitches in the converted video. Its almost flawless.
I converted a Blue ray format to a iPhone 5 format so obviously there had to be a drop in quality but the quality of video after conversion looked sensational.
This is another feature that Wondershare Video converter provides. Wondershare is the first Video Converter which I know has a inbuilt editing tool.
The editing tools are not that powerful but they let you trim, add effects, crop, change aspect ratio, ability to add water marks, change subtitle position and font and add subtitles.
For a basic user I think this is ok enough for editing although some important editing tools are missing.
Screenshots can also be taken, which is a small feature but a really cool feature.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate lets you burn Video CD/DVD’s. You can choose the aspect ratio, video quality and other settings. The good thing is that Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate has some templates which make your video DVD look lively and professional.( Something similar to iDVD but I would still prefer iDVD).
What I like?
1. The converted video quality is amazing
2. The formats available are plenty
3. UI is simple to use
4. Customer Support is fast and relevant. I had submitted a ticket just to check reply timings and quality of support provided. I have to admit the reply to my ticket came within 1 hour and the reply was detailed and relevant.
What I do not like?
1. Pricey – At $60 it is too pricey. Mac software bundles are available for $30-$40 which has video converters and many more softwares.
2. Editing tools are very limited. Part editing of the video is also not available
3. Conversion is faster than most other converters but yet slow.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is a complete package of essentially four softwares – Video converter, Editor, Video DVD burner and a video downloader.
If you are looking for a video converter then this is one of the best available in the market. The other features are not that useful,although they together form a good combo, I would recommend this only if you want a video converter. Their support team is knowledgable and the response is reasonability quick. So expect complete support after you have purchased the software.
Other tasks can easily be done by other software which have better tools and more functionality- Editing(iMovies), CD/DVD burning(iDVD) and video downloaders are available in 100s for free on the internet.