PROS / This program has a nearly complete array of customization tools that allow you to trim, crop and adjust the picture values of a video before you convert it.
CONS / Extra features, like online video downloads and DVD-burning tools, require that you buy additional modules in the Leawo suite.
VERDICT / Leawo Video Converter is a fine choice if you’re looking for a "just-the-basics" application.
Leawo Video Converter excels at converting video to a wide range of file formats that are viewable on anything from televisions to mobile devices. This video converter software can read and write nearly all of the file types we looked for. There are a healthy number of editing tools, but it lacks several effects found on other applications.
Leawo has a solid list of tools for manipulating your videos. Chief among them are the preprogrammed output profiles. These profiles let you choose from 15 different file formats, so you should have little trouble finding the one you're looking for. It also offers nearly 100 device-optimization profiles for everything from smartphones and tablets to gaming systems and set-top boxes. You should find a profile that suits your needs; however, other programs we reviewed offer up to four times as many output profiles as Leawo.
This product makes it very easy to trim, crop and flip videos. You can also personalize the final video with a watermark and embed subtitles in your output video. An effects menu gives you control over brightness, contrast, saturation and volume.
You also have control over settings like bit rate, frame rate and aspect ratio, although you can also leave all of those on their default settings if you prefer. You can decide between high, low and medium quality for the audio and video quality of your final output file.
When you use the program's default quality settings, it takes 40 minutes to convert an hour-long video. This isn't the best conversion time we encountered, but it's a far cry from the best applications. The best video converter we reviewed performed the same task in five minutes. You’ll also notice significant picture degradation in the converted video. But this can be solved by adjusting the quality setting to high. However, this feature is buried a bit deep in the program’s interface.
One important thing to note about Leawo Video Converter is that it's only a single module in the Leawo Total Media Converter suite. Many of the extra features we look for in video converter software, such as disc-burning tools and online video downloading, are available in the suite, but you need to buy those modules separately.
Leawo Video Converter is a good choice for video converter software. It has all the tools you need to switch up your video formats and optimize your conversions for specific devices. However, you’ll need to fiddle with your settings if you want a high-quality conversion, and a lot of the extra tools we look for cost extra.