AVS Video Converter

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Would be 5-star, except for cons below"

    July 10, 2012  |   By brainout

    Pros

    1. Easy to install and use. Good price too, as for $60 US you get ALL their software family. License is per computer, not per user.
    2. Batch converts, with or without optional joining of files, which you can also split. Allows you to specify file size limit, too.
    3. Allows extensive editing, precise trimming, audio and video effects. Has static text overlay with a wide variety of options, but no shadow or outline or animation. AVS video Editor offers those options, but its latest version does not allow 1280 x1024 resolution (not yet, I wrote to ask them for it). The 3.5 version does offer that resolution, but lacks the great text overlay options in the later version of the Editor.
    4. Precise location using 'markers' (which they now call 'Chapters') is available, needed, and useful.
    5. You can separate video from audio by selecting the Silence Audio Effect and then stretching it pan-video.

    Cons

    1. Preview Screen won't widen large enough, and isn't floating, so you can well see an HD video you recorded fullscreen (i.e., AutoScreen Recorder from wisdom-soft). But at least allows some readability.
    2. Conversion codec settings are outdated, vs. what you have on your machine.
    3. Timeline 'zoom' is glitchy, makes it difficult to trim or edit near beginning or end of a video session. Earlier version 6, was easier to use.
    4. You can't save an in-progress session.
    5. Conversion is slow. But good. Figure at least 20 minutes to over an hour, for a video of half that length. Suggest you be offline when converting.
    6. Help file is online, so if you want access to help you must be online.
    7. You can't add soundtracks.
    8. Too much program-feature space is wasted at left and below the Preview Screen, and the icons are way too large. You can zoom the Effects icons down, but still can't move the divider leftward and downward enough to get good enlargement of the Preview window.

    Summary

    Since 2008, I've made hundreds of HD videos using this converter (see any boring-looking videos by 'brainouty' in Youtube, for samples). Sometimes it's the only software I can use to edit fullscreen videos I've made. I wish they'd combine the text overlay options in the Editor, have a floating Preview Window in 1280 x 1024 resolution, and would allow adding video overlays or soundtracks to the Converter. I wrote to AVS about this problem late last week, and they wrote back saying they are looking into it.

    Updated on Jul 10, 2012

    Forgot to add this 'con': you can't copy an 'object' but must again do it over. Example: say you added a text overlay to a given video section, and you wanted to do it again later. You can't copy what you did to another spot on the timeline. In Windows Movie Maker you can do that, but not in AVS or any other software I've yet tried.

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