|Leawo Total Media Converter Ultimate|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Software|
|Written by Aidan Moore|
|Monday, 15 April 2013|
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Closer Look: Leawo Total Media Converter Ultimate
The Total Media Converter Ultimate launches with a simple, uncluttered screen with 5 options. The first step is to select the source video that you wish to convert. This can be a local video stored on a hard drive, or a DVD or Blu-ray disc in an attached optical drive.
Once a video source has been selected, you are presented with a number of options for video and audio quality as well as output format. The Total Media Converter Ultimate does indeed have an enormous list of available transcoding options as well as 3 choices from low to high for video and audio quality. Each format option clearly describes the format type and typical usage of the format. These use-case examples makes it very easy to select the correct format for your final transcoding video.
After you have selected your output video format, it is simply a matter of pushing the big button and sitting back while the format conversion takes place. Of course most people will let this activity run in the background while they perform other tasks on their PC.
Video conversion moves along at a speedy clip ,with a progress bar showing the time to completion. Ripping a full-length DVD on an Intel core i5 computer takes about 15 or 20 minutes.
One of the best features of the program is the large number of options available during transcoding. Opening the settings tab reveals a large number of encoding options including bit rate, picture geometry and codec type. By using the options, it is possible to fine tune a video conversion to the exact file size and resolution needed for any portable device.
It is very likely that some Blu-ray or DVD material is encoded in such a way as to cause a ripping program to malfunction. The Total Media Converter Ultimate anticipates these problems, and provides a very user friendly and efficient method for reporting these bugs. Simply right clicking on the problem video brings up a dialogue that prompts the user to select the problem video and allows a comment on the failure mode. A sample of the video is then sent directly to Leawo from this right click menu in one easy step.
Another feature that sets this product apart from other commercial video transcoders is the ability to easily edit the source video. When a video is selected for editing, a dual screen editing window is launched, similar to a simple non-linear video editor. You have a source preview window and an output preview window to monitor the effects of the changes you make. The user is given the option to perform basic editing functions such as trimming and cropping, but can also apply simple effects to the source material. The available effects are really not much more than image parameter adjustments such as brightness and contrast, but this functionality could be very useful when the source material is amateur footage from a digital video camera. The ability to flip, shrink and zoom the video is also provided in the edit window.
Watermarking the output video is possible while you are in the edit menu. You are given a flexible set of options to control the transparency and position of the watermark, as well is whether the content is an image or custom text provided by the user.
The package has a few other tricks up its sleeve. One is the ability to convert a 2D video into a 3D video. This option is available once a video source has been selected, and prompts the user through a number of options. Obviously the 3D image quality produced by a 2D video tends to be more of a novelty then a useful improvement. Nevertheless, it is ambitious for Leawo to include this feature.
Clicking on the icon for the YouTube downloader feature launches the demo version of this package. The demo package allows you to configure the program to automatically capture videos that are streamed on YouTube. The most useful application of this feature would be to save the downloaded files for viewing off-line later on an iPod or an Android device. Unfortunately that functionality is not available in the demo package, as the transcoded file is heavily watermarked with the Leawo logo.