CyberLink MediaEspresso costs more than many similar tools, but you get what you pay for: A sophisticated yet easy-to-use media converter that can handle most files and devices, including Apple, Android, and Windows smartphones, tablets, and media players, and popular game consoles, too. Plenty of tools can convert media files, including some capable freeware. MediaEspresso offers a robust, do-it-all capability in a streamlined interface, plus supports the latest graphics cards, multithread conversion, and direct upload to social media. CyberLink Media Espresso is free to try for 30 days (or 50 conversion runs) and costs $39.95.
We dragged a Flash video into the program's handy desktop widget, selected the file in MediaEspresso's main window (you can convert batches, too) and then clicked the smartphone icon. We selected our phone's brand from a long list, configured the output file type, quality, and other options on a properties sheet, and clicked "Convert." One neat touch: clicking the video rotated the main window into a media player that displayed our converted video full-size, not as a mere preview pane.
CyberLink MediaEspresso's top-quality user interface, beginner tutorials, and device-oriented conversion process make for a program that a wide range of users can manage, with ease; in fact, that may be its chief recommendation over similar but less expensive (or free) software: We hesitate to use the word "foolproof," partly because no software is, but MediaEspresso goes out of its way to make things easy for users who have A) a computer; B) a smartphone; and C) some media files they'd like to move from A to B; but really don't want to attain a deeper understanding of the process, thank you very much! In the end, it seems to be a matter of cost vs. convenience: MediaEspresso isn't free, and it isn't small, and its footprint is larger than freeware that does much the same thing. But if you're intimidated or put off by stripped-down apps or tools that seem to assume more software skills than you're prepared to cop to, CyberLink MediaEspresso is well worth its free tryout.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.7.
Profiles for over 160 mobile and media devices MediaEspresso stores profile information for an ever-growing list of popular mobile phones and tablets from Apple, Samsung, HTC, Acer and many more. And it's not just mobile devices--you can also use MediaEspresso to convert videos, photos and music for media players including the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. Smart Detect -- a plug 'n' play experience: MediaEspresso's Smart Detect technology means you don't have to remember confusing file formats and resolutions. As soon as you connect your device to your PC, Smart Detect recognizes it and sets the optimal output formats and resolutions for converted media, ensuring you always enjoy your videos, photos and music in high quality. Convert all popular formats including next-gen HEVC (H.265) videos. Convert Videos, Photos and Music. With support for all popular media formats you can convert your entertainment files so that you're not limited to enjoying them on only one device. You can even rip and convert the audio from video files. MediaEspresso takes advantage of breakthrough hardware acceleration built into the latest Intel Core processors along with graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA to enable media conversion in only a fraction of the time taken by other converters. The graphic to the right shows how MediaEspresso performed in tests against the most popular competitor converters. Optimized for the Latest Hardware: Intel, AMD and NVIDIA: Utlilization of Intel Quick Sync Video and hyperthreading technology enables MediaEspresso to improve overall performance including encoding, previewing and simultaneous conversion of multiple video file formats. MediaEspresso also supports the latest NVIDIA CUDA, AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) and Fusion E-series & C-series. Accelerated Processor technology, delivering huge gains when transcoding high-definition video content.
What's new in this version:
H.264 transcoding is only available in Win 7; Added new device support;