PROS / Any Video Converter Ultimate converts videos from almost any file type and makes downloading online videos easy.
CONS / This program took more than 30 minutes to convert an hour-long video. The Gold Award winner converted the same video in five minutes.
VERDICT / Any Video Converter Ultimate is a cinch to use and offers a more versatility and functionality than most of the products on our lineup.
Any Video Converter is an apt name for this video converter application, because it tells you exactly what the software does – converts any video file. But it does more than that. This video converter software also allows users to download videos from popular online services and rip content from your DVDs. This added functionality greatly increases the usefulness of Any Video Converter. It earns the Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
This application is simple and efficient. The conversion process involves loading a file, selecting what type of file you want to convert it to – or the product you want to view the video on – and clicking Convert. Anyone who can operate a computer or surf the internet can use this program nearly effortlessly.
It accepts nearly all of the file types we looked for when we reviewed the best video converters. And while it doesn't export to all video file formats, this video converter software includes all the basics associated with most popular media players, such as smartphones and tablets, or anything with a screen capable of playing video. You can even burn a brand new DVD that can work in any player – that's a feature that is not universal in the best video converter software applications we reviewed.
In our tests, it took Any Video Converter about half an hour to convert an hour-long video. While this isn’t the longest conversion time among the products we reviewed, but the other award winners can perform the same task in five minutes or less.
One of our favorite features of Any Video Converter is the online import tool. You simply find a video you like on YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and more, copy the URL and paste it into Any Video Converter’s application. Within moments, the application has fetched the video for download and conversion for playback on your other devices.
We had no problems using Any Video Converter. All of your output options are clearly labeled in the upper right corner, and when you import files, it only displays those that are compatible. Any Video Converter's output profiles are organized according to device or player, such as gaming consoles, iOS devices, Android, etc. This organization makes it very easy for novice users with little knowledge of file formats. Simply find your compatible device and select Convert.
When we performed out test conversions, we had our video experts inspect the results for flaws in both the picture and audio quality of the exported video. They found only minimal quality loss in the video. Only minor pixelation on the small details of the picture was present – an untrained eye would be hard pressed to spot these imperfections. The audio portion of the conversion was identical to the original.
There are some extra features we looked for in the best video converter software that unfortunately were not present in Any Video Converter. The other award winners have the ability to fetch the metadata for a video from the internet. They also have the ability to utilize your computer's extra resources, like multi-core and graphic processors, to accelerate conversion time and elevate the quality of the conversion. These may seem like small omissions, but they're enough to separate this program from the top two award-winning programs.
This program contains a full array of customization tools. It allows you to perform basic edits like trimming unwanted footage, cropping the frame of the picture, adding effects and adjusting picture values like hue, saturation, brightness and contrast. These tools allow you to get exactly what you want out of your video conversion.
Help & Support
Anvsoft, the creator of Any Video Converter Ultimate, offers users two ways to get customer or technical support, the most useful of which is the FAQs section of their official website. Most common questions and problems can be resolved there. However, if you have an uncommon problem, you can email the company. They usually respond within 72 hours.
Any Video Converter Ultimate is the easiest video converter we reviewed. It's also one of the most useful. It can convert your video for playback on more than 150 devices. You also have the ability to customize your conversion for your specific needs. Only the omissions of a few bells and whistles kept it out of the top spot of our side-by-side comparison chart.