By Debarshi Nayak
Converting video is not as complicated a task as editing videos, but I know quite a few people who would have been put off doing it because of the myth that you need a complicated video editor. To dispel that myth, some of the best video converters are entirely free and can handle whatever file formats you throw at it.
There could many reasons why you’d want a video converter handy. You might want to be able to play a particular video on a device that has limited storage. You even might want to change a video recorded in a strange format on your phone (yes, I am looking at you, Samsung) into something that is more easily shareable with others.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is one high-quality software which you can use to convert video and audio files with ease. I’d love to take you on a brief review of the Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate and hopefully have you convinced by the end of this, that this tool will stay in your kit for a long, long time.
Installation and User Interface
The installation process is quite straightforward, and the files are downloaded from Wondershare’s server. The UI is pretty simple and elegant, with a dark shade. The features and tools are smartly arranged in tabbed windows and saves one from initiating a search operation to find the most basic options, something my aged parents would appreciate. The overall interface of the video converter is simple and hassle-free in my opinion.
The first tab that loads when you fire up the software is Convert. Here, you can either add files and folders from the hard drive or you can load your media files from a disc to convert them into different output formats.
The Convert tab, as the name suggests, helps you convert videos from one format into another. You can upload files from various sources including your hard disk or an optical disk with the ‘Add Files’ button. You can also load an entire folder in case you wish to do so.
It takes a while to list the added videos depending on your selections, but the process is pretty fast. The different options that allow you to change and edit the output file include editing metadata, embedding subtitles. One bonus feature of Wondershare Video Converter is the ability to edit 360-degree videos.
Multiple Formats and Video Editing Supported
Wondershare’s video converter includes support for a wide range of formats including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, WEBM, MPG, 3GP, and FLV among others. There are many convenient presets for various devices and gaming consoles to help you get compatible output files. You can easily convert multiple video files at a time and even merge them into a single file, a feat only video editors are successfully capable of.
Conversion times are the boon or the bane of video converters. But Wondershare’s video converter supports hardware acceleration if your machine has an external graphics card, significantly improving the conversion time. However, one point of concern is that the speedier conversion option is only available to a few output formats. Utilizing the graphics hardware acceleration to aid in video conversion ensures you have a lesser wait time and better quality videos.
High-Speed conversion is supported with input format: H.264 codec of MKV, AVI, MPG, TS, TRP, MP4, M4V among others while supported output formats are MKV, AVI, MP4, M4V and MOV.
Burn Your Media Files to DVD
With the burner tool, Wondershare truly brings the entire media conversion process under one umbrella – capturing, converting and storing the files. As soon as you are done converting the video files, stop before you reach out for that other tool to burn it to discs. Wondershare has smartly built in an option for that very purpose. This tool can be used to burn media to both single layer and dual layer discs.
The Burn tab in the tool allows you to edit output videos before burning them to the disc as well. Some of the edit features available are trimming and cropping the video, changing brightness and contrast of the video files, and adding subtitles among many others.
Download YouTube Videos with URL
One of the hallmark features of Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is the ability to download videos from YouTube with just the URL. Even when downloading the video is not technically possible, you’re covered by the Record Video feature. This can be used to capture a video running on the internet including the audio playing with the video.
You can access a history of downloaded files on the top bar by clicking on the Finished button. In addition to this, you can enable High Speed Downloads which use multiple streams to download videos at 3X the speed as claimed by Wondershare. You can also schedule different tasks like Shutdown, Sleep or Exit Program when the downloads have finished.
On the top left of the window is a switch called ‘Download then Convert Mode’. This mode allows you to automtically schedule a conversion as soon as the download has completed, saving precious time.
Transfer Files Directly To Your Device
If burning your media files to optical discs was not enough, now you can use Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate to transfer output files from your computer directly to supported devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch among Apple devices, and any Android device with version 2.2 and higher. To make things simpler, camcorders, flash disks and removable hard drives are also supported.
The Toolbox tab contains options to fix the metadata of your media files, cast them to a nearby TV on the same network by acting as a media server and streaming videos directly to the device, and the ability to convert videos to a VR-compatible format – something that, in my opinion, sets this nifty software apart from the rest of the tools available online. To add icing to the cake, you can now also make GIFs from video clips or pictures with Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate fares pretty well in the high-competition turf of video converters where it is very difficult to differentiate yourself from the rest. Fast conversion time and high-quality output served with a simple and elegant user experience makes Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate the perfect choice among video converter software.