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[Windows] Add over 50 different effects to your videos and DVDs with AV Video Morpher
Posted By Ashraf On July 29, 2013 @ 12:40 AM In Windows | 11 Comments
Video editing is not a simple task on Windows; it requires specialized software and someone who has the skills to properly make use of those programs. So when I come across a program that allows users to add effects to their videos by simply clicking buttons, it gets me excited. AVSOFT’s AV Video Morpher is one such program; let’s see if it is worth getting excited about.
AV Video Morpher is a program who’s primary function is to allow you to add video and/or audio effects to your videos.
When it comes to the nuts and bolts of AV Video Morpher, the program’s main function is to allow you to easily add effects to your videos; it has 100 effects for you to use (49 video effects, 51 audio effects) and you are allowed to use multiple effects on the same video. However, when you first install and run AV Video Morpher, you may not necessarily realize that is the program’s main functionality because the interface is so confusing.
This is how AV Video Morpher works. AV Video Morpher has six tabs/areas of functionality in its program: DVD, Video, Converter, Burner, Cover, and Funny Space. Cover allows you to design CD/DVD covers and Funny Space is a completely unrelated built-in browser for one of the developer’s websites; neither of these is a core feature of this program, so you don’t really need to worry about those two. The other four tabs, however, are important:
When you want to add effects to an input source, you can do it one of two ways.
For DVDs, SVDs, and VCDs, you can go to the DVD tab, load what you to add effects to, add effects from the sidebar, preview the effects (effects you add are shown in real-time), make any other edits that you desire (e.g. dubbing — see the File menu at the top for access to dubbing feature), and click the Converter button from the bottom (note I said Converter button from the bottom, not the Converter tab). Once you do that, your DVD/SVD/VCD will be sent to the Converter tab from which you can modify output settings (e.g. set a crop area, select output format, etc. — see screenshot to the right for more details) and then have AV Video Morpher output your video.
For videos that are not DVD/SVD/VCD, the Video tab does all the same things as the DVD tab… except it is for normal video files.
If you don’t want to live-preview the effects on your DVD/SVD/VCD or video, you can skip the DVD and Video tabs and go straight to the Converter tab. Once at the Converter tab, all you have to do is open the relevant DVD/SVD/VCD/video file, add the effects desired from the right sidebar, modify output settings as necessary, and output.
And that, more or less, sums up how to use AV Video Morpher. Now let me provide you my personal assessment of this program.
Firstly, let me make it clear that AV Video Morpher does exactly as it claims. Although it did crash on me twice and it has its fair share of drawbacks (as highlighted in the Cons section above), it works as intended and outputs are of good quality. So in terms of actually working and adding effects to videos, AV Video Morpher has no issues.
That said, I personally feel AV Video Morpher is a program with a lost identity. Who exactly is the developer trying to target here — home users (amateurs) or professionals?
If targeting amateurs, then the asking price of $49.95 (note: you can get 20% off if you download and install the trial) is a bit high. Sure having the ability to add effects to videos with the click of a few buttons is something that will amaze most amateurs (because otherwise video editing is not an easy task) but, really, not very many people will be willing to shell out $49.95 for something they will only use occasionally; a price of $19.95 would be much more enticing.
If targeting professionals, then the developer needs to rework the program because two shortcomings make this program almost unusable for professionals: the lack of ability to set effects for only a portion of videos and slow outputting.
You see, as a professional you are likely to want to, well, professional edit videos. And no professional editing video will have the same effect(s) playing throughout the whole video; it will have different effects played during different segments, at the times deemed right by the professional. Unfortunately, however, AV Video Morpher does not allow this sort of functionality.
Furthermore, the way AV Video Morpher works is it outputs/converts by playing back the input videos in real-time. This means the time it takes to output/convert is around the same as the length of the input video. For professionals who work with videos on a daily basis, having to wait that long to output a video is a deal-breaker, in my opinion, especially considering that some videos can be very long.
AV Video Morpher has its fair share of drawbacks but it works as intended and does what it claims to do. However, I’m not going to recommend the program… but I’m not going to not recommend the program either. As discussed above, AV Video Morpher has an identity problem that makes the program difficult to recommend to people but, at the same time, its shortcomings aren’t bad enough for me to tell you to stay away from this soft. So, I’ll let you decide.
We have provided you enough information in this review to help you decide if you should give AV Video Morpher a try to not, so go and make up your mind — and remember it has a free 7-day trial you can test before you purchase, if it comes to that.
Version reviewed: 3.0.54
Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Download size: 10.1 MB
VirusTotal malware scan results: 4/41 
Is it portable? No
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 AVSOFT AV Video Morpher homepage: http://dvd-player.audio4fun.com/movie-editor.htm
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