Pros / This software is quite easy to use and has a long list of compatible formats and devices for converting. It also allows you to make basic edits to your videos before conversion.
Cons / It doesn't have all the extra features that we look for. Notably absent is the ability to download videos from sites like YouTube and Vimeo, as well as tools that enable you to burn DVDs with your videos.
Verdict / This software is a solid choice, but its lack of features keeps it from being the best you can find.
Leawo Video Converter Pro is a handsome, well-coded and useful Mac video converter application that performs as advertised. This software has a long list of compatible devices that you can optimize videos for playback on. It also enables you to perform basic video editing functions, such as trimming and cropping footage. And it has some, but not all, of the extra features we look for to determine the best Mac video editors available.
This application's core functionality of swapping out one video file format for another is its simplest aspect to use. This simplicity isn't unique to Leawo, but it greatly increases its usability, and had it been more complicated, this software may not have found a place on our side-by-side comparison chart at all.
Of course, this software enables you to create an AVI out of an MOV, an MP4 out of an FLV or pretty much any combination of the virtual alphabet soup of video file formats. It also allows you to optimize videos for playback on a number of devices, including smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles. For example, you can create a video that's tailor-made for your Nintendo in a matter of minutes.
This software also allows you to perform basic video editing tasks. If you only want to convert a portion of a video, this software allows you to cut away the unwanted footage. You can also add basic effect filters and watermarks, as well as crop and rotate your video footage. While these are the most basic of video editing features, they come in handy if your video isn't exactly how you want it before you convert it.
One feature in this Mac video converter that you can't find in any other software in our review is the screen-capture tool. This allows you to record anything that happens on your machine. This is useful for creating presentations, software tutorials and a number of other videos.
This software doesn't have everything we look for, though. For example, it doesn't allow you to download videos from the internet or burn DVDs from your converted videos.
When all is said and done, Leawo Video Converter Pro is a good choice if you're in the market for a video converter for Mac. It has a comprehensive list of compatible devices and allows you to perform basic video edits. However, omissions such as the ability to download videos from sites like YouTube and Vimeo and to create discs with your converted videos keep it out of the top tier of products in this category.