iWisoft Video Converter
Full user review
"Works but huge result files"
Very fast, fairly easy to use
Converted single movies are huge compared to the originals and some "glitches" in result
I had a number of videos meant for personal and YouTube use that were in various formats (avi, mpg, wmv) that I wanted to convert to another (mostly mpg). While the process is very fast, most of my videos (1 meg or so) were converted to huge files (4 meg or so). Also, the converted videos weren't perfect, often having a "glitch", such as a pause where there wasn't one in the original video, or changes in brightness/contrast, etc, although one converted video was actually sharper than the original! Oddly, "merging" multiple files (which takes much longer to process) resulted in a smaller combined size: I combined two WMV files, totalling 20 meg, and the result was about 15 meg!
The interface is fairly intuitive, and, though I don't like that it sets its own directory as the unchangeable output directory (you can change it for a given execution, but it goes back to its own dir when you close then restart it), it does open the output directory, so you don't have to go searching for it. Also, the large interface window was designed for a higher display setting (mine is set for the lowest, because I find the higher displays difficult to see/view), so, sometimes, I have to move that window from side-to-side to see/access/use everything I need, but, that's a minor "flaw".
It has a huge list of conversion types, neatly arranged in a single menu (the arrow to the right of the "Profile" box), so you can see all of them. But the "sub" menu (e.g., selecting "Common video" shows many types (e.g., AVI, MPG, WMV, etc), but they are not alphabetically listed and have to be scrolled to see all of them, so you might have trouble finding exactly which one you want. There is also an "All Profiles" sub-menu, but, again, it is not alphabetically arranged.
Before iWisoft, I had to run one program to convert and, optionally, another to merge, so iWisoft is a big time saver. Also, iWisoft is much smaller than the latest version one of the other video converter programs I use, so that's a "bonus" (i.e., less download time and less disk space).
So, though I'll use my previously existing video converter programs for single conversions, I will use iWisoft for most merges and for videos not available in my pre-existing software.