PROS / This program not only converts your videos into different formats, but it also has a wide variety of customization and export tools not found in many of the products on our lineup.
CONS / While the software application is very easy to use, it may take awhile to fully understand all of its features and use them to their highest potential.
VERDICT / Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate stands head and shoulders above the rest of the video converters in our review. Its fast conversion time, high-quality output and extra features make it the perfect choice for video converter software.
The first thing you notice about the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner for video converter software is how clean and accessible the interface is. Wondershare Video Converter does much more than simply swap out file formats: It also allows you to tailor your video conversion for playback on nearly any device.
You can also download videos from the internet and stream converted videos directly to your television or set-top box. That is the very essence of the value this product offers you – not to mention the number of potential conversions it can do, which, in this case, is very high.
Wondershare Video Converter’s primary function is converting video files from one format to another, which it does quite well. However, that's not the whole story: This video converter software application also allows its users to download, watch, transfer, edit and create all types of video files from nearly any source.
Once you have the video you want to convert loaded into the interface, all you need to do is select one of the program's conversion profiles. These profiles run the gamut from simple format swaps to optimization profiles for specific devices such as smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, televisions, set-top boxes and more. You'll find over 150 such profiles. And it won't take you long to find a profile that fits the device you own.
Most of the video converters on our side-by-side comparison chart can take up to 65 minutes to convert an hour-long video. And even then, the results are questionable. Wondershare is able to perform the task in five minutes or less. Only two programs in our lineup were able to beat that time. And even then, they only did it marginally faster.
We found Video Converter Ultimate to be extremely easy to use. Everything is clearly labeled and easily accessible. It is set up so that most tools only involve pointing and clicking to reach your destination. We didn't have any problems understanding the process and were able to jump right into converting video files within minutes of downloading the software.
Wondershare's YouTube downloader tool is also a huge boon for the application. If there's a YouTube video you want to remix, edit or just have, all you need to do is cut and paste the video's URL and Wondershare will download it for you. You're then free to edit, convert and share the video as you please.
As you might expect from this Gold Award Winner, the quality of the converted video is all but identical to the original. Our video experts were hard pressed to find any flaws in the picture or audio of the converted file. In short, unless you have superhuman vision or hearing, there's no reason to worry about any quality loss when converting videos with Wondershare.
This program also allows you to burn your converted videos onto DVD. This may seem quaint to younger users, but it is always a good choice to have a physical backup of your video files somewhere in case something happens to your hard drive. And it has the added bonus of allowing you to watch your videos in any device that has an optical drive.
When you're converting a motion picture or television show, this program gives you the option to fetch its metadata from the internet. All you have to do is open the information tab for the video you want to convert, type in the name of the show and the program will search the internet for the associated data. Things, like the name of the director, writer cinematographer, cast and info, are automatically inserted it into your video before the conversion begins. This means that a player can treat the converted file as though it were the original – cover art and all.
One of the more unique aspects of Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is its ability to transfer videos wirelessly. This application lets you move a video file from your computer to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, over a Wi-Fi connection. This feature, while having little to do with converting files, is incredibly convenient.
However, it doesn't stop at mobile devices: This program has the ability to connect with a compatible television, set-top box or gaming system and wirelessly stream your converted videos to your TV without any manual transfer. This is a great convenience for users who are on the cutting edge of entertainment technology.
Another great feature found in Wondershare Video Converter is its video editor. While Wondershare offers a full-featured editor as a separate application, it has included some of the basic editing tools for their converter application. This application gives you the ability to trim clips, adjust qualities, such as contrast and brightness, as well as add watermarks and subtitles to your videos. These tools provide exactly what you expect from a conversion.
Help & Support
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate provides solid support for its customers, most of which we don't think you will need because it is a very intuitive application. If you need to ask a question, there is email support, an in-application guide, FAQs, live chat and user forums at your disposal.
We found that the forums contain a lot of helpful user-contributed information. We received responses to our emails within a day. The live-chat coverage could be spotty at times, but that is fairly common.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is the most comprehensive video conversion application on our lineup. It allows you to convert a wide variety of formats to almost any output format, and it provides an exhaustive collection of optimization profiles that tailor your conversion for nearly any device you're likely to own.