PROS / This program converts your videos into all of the most common video formats and several uncommon ones.
CONS / The conversion process takes quite a long time, and the quality of the exported files is subpar at best.
VERDICT / AVS Video Converter is a basic program that is relatively easy to use, but its feature set and conversion quality leave a lot to be desired.
AVS Video Converter makes an appearance in our review of the best video converters. It offers an acceptable selection of both file formats and device-optimization profiles. However, it takes quite a long time to convert videos, and the end results are subpar. It also leaves out many of the extra features found in the top-ranked products on our side-by-side comparison chart.
The most important feature of any video converter is its selection of file formats you can convert your videos to. This program has a library 19 video file formats available. These include both the most commonly used formats as well as a good selection of more obscure formats for advanced users.
All the movie converters in our review have a library of preprogrammed optimization profiles. These profiles tailor your conversion for specific devices such as smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, set-top boxes and more. AVS contains more than 75 such profiles. You should find a profile that suits the most popular devices. However, higher-ranked products offer up to 400 conversion profiles so you can optimize your conversion for nearly any device on the market.
When we tested the conversion tools in this program, we found it took 45 minutes to convert an hour-long video. This is one of the longest conversion times in our review. This wouldn't be so bad if it produced high-quality results. Unfortunately, our video experts found significant picture degradation. Heavy pixelation, compression artifact and other flaws draw attention away from the content of the video. And unlike other products, there is no option to increase conversion quality.
Adding to AVS’ problems is the fact that it omits almost all of the extra features we look for in the best video converter software. Other products allow you to burn your converted videos onto a DVD and download videos from the internet. These abilities and more are what elevate a run-of-the-mill converter into a truly useful and versatile application. Unfortunately, AVS didn't include these features, which pushed this application toward the bottom of our list.
AVS Video Converter has the tools to earn a spot in our comparison of the best video converter software. However, in practice, the program is slow and yields subpar results. It's also missing many of the features that could earn it a better ranking on our lineup.