PROS / This program offers an expansive library of optimization profiles to tailor your conversion for smartphones, tablets, televisions and more.
CONS / Tipard produced the lowest-quality conversion of the applications we reviewed.
VERDICT / In the world of video-converter software, quality is king, and no amount of tools can make up for a substandard result.
Tipard Video Converter offered enough tools and features to be included in our lineup of the top 10 video format converters on the market. However, after our tests, it ranked near the bottom, because it took the longest to complete a conversion and produced the lowest-quality video of all the products we evaluated.
There is one aspect of video converter software where Tipard came out on top. Not only does it offer the most commonly used video formats, it also contains the largest selection of formats of all the converters on our lineup. All told, you can convert your videos into 27 different formats. This means you can use the software to convert your video for playback in any device, player or software you own.
Apart from the raw formats, this video converter offers a nearly comprehensive library of preprogrammed optimization profiles. These profiles allow you to tailor your conversion for mobile devices, set-top boxes, televisions and more. With over 250 optimization choices, you can convert your video to the specific settings of your smartphone, tablet or any other device you own.
This program offers some, but not all, of the extra features we look for in the best video converters. You can use it to download videos from YouTube and Vimeo, convert 2D videos into 3D, and convert multiple videos at once. However, it's missing other useful tools such as DVD burner that would allow you to watch your converted videos with a DVD or Blu-ray player.
All of these features and tools are great, but they can’t, and, in this case, don't compensate for a horrible-quality conversion. When we tested Tipard, we found it took more than an hour to convert an hour-long video. That is the longest conversion time of all the products we tested. And you don't get a higher-quality video for that wait. Our video experts inspected the converted video and found it was nearly unwatchable. Every single frame of the video created by Tipard had significant pixelation, compression artifact and motion blur. And there's no option to increase the quality of the conversion.
Tipard Video Converter has many of the components we look for in the best video converters. If we were judging these products on feature set alone, it would claim a higher ranking. However, the long conversion time and low-quality results land this product in the bottom tier of our review.