PROS / This program produces high-quality video files and allows you to optimize your conversion for playback on devices such as smartphones, tablets and televisions.
CONS / It lacks some of the components found in other programs on our lineup, like the ability to burn converted videos onto DVD and the option to add subtitles for the hearing impaired.
VERDICT / Aiseesoft Video Converter is well worth its price tag. It's a great program for those who value a good picture and a robust selection of customization tools.
Aiseesoft Video Converter is a new entry in our review of the best video converter software, and it was able to hold its own against the competition. It produces high-quality conversions, plus it offers a healthy selection of conversion and optimization profiles and a basic array of video-editing tools. However, this video conversion application took more than 10 times as long to convert videos compared to the products in the top tier of our side-by-side comparison chart.
Once a video is loaded into the interface, all you have to do is select a conversion profile and click Convert. It takes about 30 minutes to convert a 60-minute video. While this is a far cry from the longest conversion time we encountered, the best video converter software can complete the same task in less than five minutes.
You can use this program to do much more than simply switch video formats. You also can tailor your conversion for specific devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions, gaming systems, set-top boxes and more. Aiseesoft offers more than 250 optimization profiles to choose from. So it's very likely you'll find a profile that fits the device in your pocket or the one that's mounted on your wall.
The quality of the converted videos this program produces is among the best of all the video converters we reviewed. Our video and audio experts evaluated our test conversions and found only minor flaws in the picture. To the untrained eye, these imperfections are hard to spot and won't distract from the viewing experience. The audio portion of the conversion was flawless. Only two other products in our review scored higher than Aiseesoft in our quality tests.
Aiseesoft Video Converter also comes with an array of basic video-editing tools, which allow you to trim unwanted footage, crop the frame, add simple video effects, and adjust picture values like brightness, hue and saturation. These tools let you tailor your video so you get exactly what you want before you begin the conversion process.
All of the video converters in our lineup operate on the same basic principle. It's really the extra features that differentiate each video converter application from the others. And while Aiseesoft Video Converter has some of these tools, like the ability to download online videos, it lacks others, such as DVD-burning tools and the ability to add subtitles to your videos, either of which would elevate the usefulness of this program.
Aiseesoft Video Converter claimed a well-earned spot in our review of the best video converter software on the market. It offers a wide variety of optimization options, and the quality of the converted video leaves little to be desired. If you're not interested in extra features like DVD burning, then this program is a good choice.