CNET Editors' review
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.
MediaEspresso renamed from MediaShow Espresso, the latest version converts any video, photo and music files to a broad range of devices including smart phones such as Apple iPhones and Google Android phones; media players such as iPods and iPads; and game consoles such as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. MediaEspresso also features TrueTheater Technology that enhances video quality as it converts.
What's new in this version:
- H.264 transcoding is only available in Win 7
- Added new device support
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All versions:3.2 stars
out of 9 votes
Current version:1.0 stars
out of 1 votes
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"So limited and over-priced for what it is."
Version: CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.7
For me there are no pros
It's of no use to me whatsoever, because there are less than minimal options
By way of example, I wanted a DivX file with MP3 audio, because this pairing is the only AVI that will play on a DVD RW in my Sony DVD player/recorder. The only audio option available is "Dolby Digital", which means I get a completely silent movie.
I got this program free when I purchased a Power Director upgrade, but there is no way that I would ever pay for MediaEspresso.
As someone has already pointed out, there are free converters out there that give multiple options for video and audio, and I'll stick with Any Video Converter Free, or AVS, one that I didn't mind paying for.
How Cyberlink has the nerve to charge people big bucks, or even any bucks, for the mediocre MediaEspresso, is beyond me.
I consider that the program functions are about 5% of what they actually should be, and that Cyberlink could have done an awful lot better.
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