AVS Video Converter

AVS Video Converter 8.5.1.551

Comprehensive video conversion and editing tool to create your own video discs

If only for the number of video codecs it can read and write, AVS Video Converter stands out from the many other similar conversion tools available in the market. If you add to it a clear and well-structured interface, and an intuitive both format- and device-based output profile selector, you will easily understand why this one counts among my favorites.

All of the most popular standard and High-Definition video codecs are supported, allowing you to convert your HD-camera videos into more portable files and burn them to a DVD or Blu-ray disc directly. AVCHD, MPEG-2 HD, M2TS, M2T, and MTS, are just some of the HD videos you can load and play around with using this tool. I will not reproduce here the long list of standard video codecs supported – suffice it to say that you will find it hard to get an “unsupported file format” message from AVS Video Converter.

Both novice and more experienced users will find this tool useful. The former will enjoy selecting the initial output profile by clicking either on the format of their choice or on their favorite console or smartphone in the most intuitive way. The latter will enjoy tweaking some of the advanced video and audio settings provided, adjusting the sample and bit rates, correcting the aspect to fit the target device, etc.

AVS Video Converter comes with a very interesting editing/authoring extra set of features that will allow you – for instance – to convert your home HD-camera videos into pro-looking DVDs or Blu-ray discs, complete with chapters and menu. Not only can you perform simple yet effective corrections (such as adjusting the contrast, the brightness, or the color), but also add nice video and audio effects to your movies (sepia, old movie, various mosaics, watercolor, canvas...) and even create 3D versions of them.

The possibilities are endless, and to make the entire editing process even more gratifying, the program comes with a multi-track timeline that will allow you to mix your video and audio files at will. All in all, a versatile utility worth trying and with affordable yearly subscription fees.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Device- and codec-based conversion profiles and presets
  • Video editing capabilities
  • Create your own DVDs and Blu-rays complete with chapters and menu
  • Supports all the most widely used standard and high definition codecs
  • Subtitle support

Cons

  • You need to open the editing window to access the program's video player
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