PROS / Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate can handle most, but not all, video file types and can convert your video to 3D footage.
CONS / It has weak customer support.
VERDICT / Xilisoft offers quite a bit with Video Converter Ultimate in terms of support input and output file types, but other applications we reviewed have even more options. This software could do better in terms of editing tools too.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Video Converter Software here.
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate has some great capabilities, but its race for the top is hindered slightly by some missing editing tools and an interface that could be better.
We give this video converter full credit for including most of the options we looked for in terms of input and output capabilities. We could think of very few conversion scenarios that would not be covered by this software. They even offer 3D as an output, adding a completely new dimension to your video converting experience. This tool will be loads of fun.
Other output options include: AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, H.264/MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MOV, RMVB, ASF, 3GP, 3G2, SWF, VOB, TS, DV H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG2 HD Video, MPEG-4 TS HD Video, MPEG-2 TS HD Video, Quick Time HD Video, WMV HD Video and Audio-Video Interleaved HD Video.
Xilisoft Video Converter supports these input formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, MKV, H.264/MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MOV, RM, RMVB, M4V, VOB, ASF, 3GP, 3G2, SWF, H.261, H.264, DV, DIF, MJPG, MJPEG, DVR-MS, NUT, QT, YUV, DAT, MPV, NSV AVCHD Video, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG2 HD Video, MPEG-4 TS HD Video, MPEG-2 TS HD Video, Quick Time HD Video and more.
We really like that you can select your target for specific media players like iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PSP, Blackberry and Zune.
Although, Xilisoft claims to support output to RM (RealMedia), we were unable to get this feature to work properly in our tests. However, we concluded that most people are trying to convert from RM, not to RM.
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate allows you to batch convert files, adjust audio and video codices, audio and video bitrates and sample rates, and more. Xilisoft Video Converter does provide many tools to edit your video. You are able to split or merge files. You can add watermarks, subtitles and even soundtracks to your videos. It can also adjust video brightness, saturation, contrast and add artistic effects such as old film, gray, oil painting or canvas to make your video look special.
This video converter software is easy to use, but we found the interface to be a little less intuitive than some others. Still, most people will be able to convert their favorite home videos and DVDs to their portable media players with ease.
Xilisoft includes an in-application help guide, online FAQs and email support. Our email inquiry was answered in less than a day. However, we would like to see Xilisoft include a search function in the user guide and a more comprehensive introduction to the software.
Much like our higher ranked products, Xilisoft is a comprehensive video conversion tool that will satisfy the needs of most users. Other applications outshine its editing tools and an interface that could be more intuitive, but overall, it is a good video converter.