Review: Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

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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.

Size

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.

Interface

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.

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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.

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Converting

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.

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Converting Formats

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.

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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.

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 Conversion Quality

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.

Editing

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.

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Burn

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).

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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.

Conclusion

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.

You can download a free trial to check it out for yourself here. Also, Wondershare providers a user guide to help you understand how to use their software. The guide can viewed here.

Kindle Fire HD vs The new iPad (video)

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Google IO: Nexus 7 gets official, runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (video)

Google finally obliged the thousands of expecting enthusiasts by finally unveiling its maiden branded tablet, as expected, called the Nexus 7. Built in collaboration with ASUS, and presumably based on Nvidia’s Kai platform, the Nexus 7 measures 7-inches diagonally and is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It sports an IPS LCD display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB / 16GB of internal storage, and a front facing 1.2MP camera. The OS is expected to be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Nexus 7 tablet will cost $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB version. It will be initially available from the Play Store in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Here’s a presentation video from Google showcasing its new venture:

London Olympic Games 2012 Official App released for iOS, Android (video)

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3.95-inch iPhone 5 concept design (video)

Just days ago we brought you the story of how suddenly ‘sources close to the supply chain‘ have been indicating the next Apple iPhone will sport a larger 4-inch display panel and today we already have a new concept design, showcasing a 3.95-inch-screen studded iPhone 5. Here’s a dekko:

Samsung releases first Galaxy S III TV commercial (video)

Samsung yesterday announced the successor to the most successful Android smartphone yet, the Galaxy S III and attracted some mixed reactions to it. While some liked the slight improvements it carried over the S II, others weren’t too impressed with the additions considering the long and much hyped wait for the next Galaxy. Then there were others as well who immediately made comparisons with Apple — and they had quite a handful to argue about: Samsung’s new S-Voice which resembled Apple’s Siri, the new Scan and Match for music a la iTunes Match, Airplay-like “AllShare Cast” for streaming content to your HDTV through the AppleTV-like AllShare Cast Dongle, and last, but not the least, Samsung’s new iPod-like music player “Pebble”.

Apart from the similarities, there were also a couple to newbies: a cool new face recognition photo app that lets you instantly send pictures to your friends that it recognizes in your pictures, and, wait for it, … Flipboard for Android!

Here’s the complete spec sheet of the Galaxy S III, followed by its first TV commercial:

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz4G (Dependent on market)

Display

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) display

OS

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Camera

Main(Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSISub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson SparkRecording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)

Audio

Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Additional

Features

S Beam, Buddy photo share, Share shot
AllShare Play, AllShare Cast
Smart stay, Social tag, Group tag, Face zoom, Face slide show
Direct call, Smart alert, Tap to top, Camera quick access
Pop up play
S Voice
Burst shot & Best photo, Recording snapshot, HDR

Google Mobile Services

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google LatitudeGoogle Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play MoviesGoogle Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads

Connectivity

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40GPS/GLONASSNFCBluetooth® 4.0(LE)

Sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Memory

16/ 32GB User memory (64GB available soon) + microSD slot (up to 64GB)

Dimension

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133g

Battery

2,100 mAh

* Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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“We think one of the big features of iPhone 5 is going to be LTE… when iPhone 4S came out it was obviously the same form factor… this is going to be a big hardware upgrade… this is going to be the year of the hardware… the mother of all upgrades”

The next iPhone is slated for a June release in Apple’s annual WWDC, but if the latest rumors are to be believed, then it’ll see the light of the day only in October.

New iPhone 4S Siri commercial features Zooey Deschanel (video)

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Samuel L Jackson has starred in yet another Siri commercial, complete with Apple logos and what-not, though the ad has not hit the Apple or Verizon channels yet. But you can still watch it (above), and also once again check out Samuel’s previous stint where plays Siri himself (below):