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- Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
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- Installation & SetupEditor: 80%
- Design & InterfaceEditor: 60%
- FeaturesEditor: 80%
- FunctionEditor: 40%
- Value For The PriceEditor: 50%
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate performs video conversion and compression to virtually any format.
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate is a software available for both Mac & Windows that allows the user to convert existing video to a variety of other formats. This is ideal for someone who is looking to convert movies to a compatible format their iPod or mobile or even someone who just wants to compress their existing videos to save storage space on their hard drive.
The software is affordable, priced just under $60 and is compatible with both a Mac & PC. I personally have used this in the past to convert gigantic HD video files into a more compressed version without losing so much quality. It has a lot of great features, but there are definitely some downfalls as well.
First off, the software is really simple and easy to use. The interface is really straight forward requiring you to just add your video and choose an output to convert it to then click the convert button. From then on it's just a waiting game while the software does the rest. The variety of output formats is also a huge advantage since it includes dozens of options such as AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, MP4, H.264/AVC, MKV, RM, MOV, XviD, 3GP, and FLV and many more. Besides literal changes to the file type you can choose more in-depth changes such as video size, video quality, and audio quality to further customize your desired output file.
A neat feature is that you can also do a small amount of editing within the program. Tasks like clipping, merging, or splitting a video file can be performed right within the program. Another cool feature is that you can add effects like watermarks, subtitles, and soundtracks within the software by just a few button clicks. This is helpful and saves a step for people like me who add watermarks to my videos that I convert and upload to YouTube. Also notable is a 3D conversion feature, though I did not end up trying it out in my testing.
Although this software is pretty impressive there are some negatives I have experienced while testing it. For example, when working with large videos at the rendering stage, I had the software crash numerous times. I was trying to render out a 20 minute HD video that was around 40 gigs originally and the desired output was 4 gigs. Multiple times at about the 20% mark it would throw and error and stop the rendering process. I was unable to render this file like I planned without getting the error. With files under 10 minutes or so I have had a near 100% success rate in my testing. This is something to keep in mind if you plan on using it for huge files, but keep in mind depending on your system configuration it may not be an issue.
The program itself is also extremely resource intensive. Running it through a render on my custom PC with relatively decent specifications (2.66 Quad Core, 12 GB RAM) it takes up practically all my resources usually pushing both my RAM and CPU usage to consistently over 85%. It is not the type of software you could run while multitasking other programs. Another pain is that the rendering of these files is a fairly lengthy process that involves your computer's resources being tied up for quite a bit of time while you wait for the rendering to finish.
The features and price tag of the Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate are very appealing. Unfortunately, I do not think the stability and performance of the software are up to par so I would not recommend this software from my personal experience. You will likely be better off going with a software such as Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.