[Review] Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter

Version reviewed:

v1.0.8

Supported OS:

Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7

Price:

$19.95 (USD) but you can get it for free for a limited time at Giveawayoftheday.com!

Software description as per the developer:

Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter is an easy-to-use application that lets you burn video files to DVD disc. It also allows you to create ISO files saved on computer. The straightforward and user-friendly interface helps you burn DVDs fast and create a quality burn.

Ashraf’s note:

Aimersoft is just a “shell company”, so to speak, for Wondershare. It is owned by Wondershare, and sells Wondershare products rebranded as Aimersoft. In fact, Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter is the exact same software as Wondershare Video to DVD Converter (aside from the looks and name). If you don’t believe me, do a WHOIS on DVD-Creator.org (you will see it is registered to a @wondershare.com e-mail address) and compare Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter vs. Wondershare Video to DVD Converter for yourself.

Before people start blasting Wondershare for doing this (I am not particularly impressed with the tactics either), keep in mind selling your own products under a different brand name is common business practice (although usually companies tend to differentiate their products a little bit when sold under a different brand); some may even call it a business strategy.

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  • Straightforward and easy to use.
  • Can create DVD-5 and DVD-9 DVDs.
  • Supports many input video formats, including HD formats.
  • Can trim videos prior to creating DVD.
  • Can burn the DVD directly onto a DVD disc or can create an ISO.
  • Has option to automatically shutdown computer after DVD has been created.

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  • Way too simplistic; user has very limited control over settings concerning the DVD that will be created.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”10″}Very easy to use; point and click really.
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{for=”Performance” value=”6″}Works fairly fast, and quality of DVD is good. However the program overall is way too simplistic – user has very limited control over the settings concerning the DVD that will be created.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”7″}Although it is simplistic, I can still see the program being useful to a good handful of people.
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{for=”Price” value=”5″}$19.95 is a fair price, but if I were in the market for a DVD creator, I would want more features added before I would purchase especially when you take into account freeware DVD creators. Without those extra features, I would only pay maybe $10 for this, if that much.
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{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”6″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect dotTech’s overall rating/verdict of the program in which all the features and alternatives have been considered.
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{rw_badb}DVD-Creator.org (the homepage for Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter) is marked as a phishing website by two sources on DVD-Creator.org’s WOT page. I don’t know how reliable the ratings are on WOT (I have not personally been “phished” by the website yet) and it is hard to imagine why a large multi-million dollar software publisher like Wondershare would resort to phishing tactics but I figure I should highlight this point.
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I have noticed there is a bit of confusion out there when it comes to DVDs. People want to burn movie DVDs which they can play on their DVD player but often mix up the action of burning a movie DVD and authoring a movie DVD. This confusion cannot solely be blamed on consumers because often many programs have the ability to burn DVDs but not the ability to author them. Both burning and authoring a DVD accomplish the same goal of creating a movie DVD which is watchable on an average household DVD player. The difference lies in the actual process of creating that movie DVD.

When you burn a movie DVD you are simply putting DVD compliant videos (i.e. .VOB) onto a DVD; if you burn non-DVD compliant videos onto the DVD, like AVI or MP4, the DVD just acts like a VCD instead of a proper DVD. When you author a movie DVD you take non-DVD compliant videos (i.e. AVI, WMV, MP4, etc.), convert them to DVD compliant format (i.e. .VOB), and burn them onto a DVD. In the process of authoring a DVD you may also be able to create custom DVD menus depending on which software you use.

Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter is a (very simple) DVD authoring program.

This is what Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter looks like:

Using AVtDC (Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter) is very easy. To get started, you simply add the videos you want to create DVD out of by either hitting the “Add Video” or “Add Folder” buttons (you cannot drag + drop videos into AVtDC). The difference between “Add Video” and “Add Folder” is with “Add Video” only the videos you specifically select will be added (you may select more than one video at a time) and with “Add Folder” all the videos in the folder you select will be added.

These are all the input video formats supported:

After you have added your videos, you have the ability to moving them up or down in terms of the order they will be on the DVD and/or trimming each video. The “Move up” and “Move down” buttons will accomplish the order shuffling; clicking on the scissors button located at the right of the program window…

…will bring up the video trim window:

Trimming videos is simple; just move the markers to the area that you want to include in the DVD:

Once done with the trimming, hit “OK” to go back to the main menu. If you add multiple videos to burn to DVD, you can trim each video individually.

After you have added all the videos you want to add, properly ordered them, and (optionally) trimmed them, simply hit the “Start” button to start creating your DVD. However before the actual creation of the DVD starts, you will need to select some final options:

The final options you have to deal with are selecting what type of DVD menu you want (thumbnail, list, or none) to be created, what audio you want playing at the menu (you can clear it so no audio at all; there is audio set to play by default), and if you want to burn your DVD directly onto a DVD disc or would rather create an ISO of it (which you can burn at a latter date with some DVD burning software).

When all is set and done, click “OK” to start the DVD creation process:

Take note you have the ability to automatically shut down your computer after the DVD creation process has finished. This is handy because creating DVDs can, by nature, be a very long process.

How long it takes to create/burn your DVD will vary highly depending on how many videos you are burning, what format and size they are, and the speed of your DVD burner. However, generally speaking, Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter works at a good pace (it beat DVD Flick by about 30 seconds in creating a test 5 minute long DVD out of 2 short videos; took a total of 2 minutes 23 seconds to create that short DVD).

Resource usage while creating DVD is not all too bad either (resource usage will vary as always but on average): AVtDC was using ~65% CPU and ~128 MB RAM while creating a DVD.

The quality of the DVD that was created was not all too bad; it was definitely watchable and could be considered “DVD quality”. However, it may just be my DVD Flick fanboy bias creeping in, but I noticed DVD Flick did have slightly better quality than AVtDC. However, the quality difference (if there is one and I am not just seeing things) is not something all that big; if someone is not specifically looking for it, they probably won’t even notice.

Last but not least, here is the “Options” menu of AVtDC:

For the most part, you really shouldn’t have to change anything here, but just take note of what you can change. (During installation you should have been prompted to set your TV Standard.)

Overall, Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter creates DVDs successfully, and it is very easy to use. Indeed it is not a bad software at all; yet I give it a thumbs down. The reason I give it a thumbs down is because it is way too simple. Outside of customizing order of input videos, ability to trim, selection aspect ratio, DVD standard, and the type of DVD menu to create, Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter does not offer any settings control to the user. Now if AVtDC was a freeware/free software, I would say “OK, it is free, it does create DVDs just fine; you pay for what you get.” However AVtDC is a commercial software. I deplore the lack of

  • Ability to control how and when chapters/titles are created;
  • Add subtitles;
  • Add custom audio to videos;
  • Manually configure the DVD menu;
  • Control how the DVD loops.

Other niceties like doing basic video edits, creating DVD folder, and ability to customize audio/video bitrate (most people won’t need this but still it would be nice) would be appreciated if added, but do not contribute to my thumbs down rating.

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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DVDFlick

DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.

  • Burn near any video file to DVD
  • Support for over 45 file formats
  • Support for over 60 video codecs
  • Support for over 40 audio codecs
  • Easily add a menu
  • Add your own subtitles
  • Easy to use interface
  • Burn your project to disc after encoding
  • Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitations

-DVDFlick Developer

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DVD Flick is an EXCELLENT open source program that allows you to author DVDs just like Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter

DVD Flick pretty much does everything Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter does plus a lot more. (Although not officially on the list, reports in the forums say DVDFlick does support HD formats like AVtDC – just select “All Files” and select the HD video and it should work fine.)

As I already mentioned, performance wise Aimsersoft Video to DVD Converter is slightly faster, but DVDFlick does use slightly less CPU and significantly less RAM. I also have to award DVDFlick the quality award over Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter although I do admit I may be a little bias in that category rating.

One major point of interest, though, is AVtDC created a ~167 MB DVD while DVDFlick created a ~278 MB DVD for the exact same input video formats. That is a fairly significant difference in DVD size and I am not sure why it is; it could be because DVDFlick has slightly higher quality but slightly higher quality wouldn’t account for almost double the file size.

DVD Styler

DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played practically on any standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus. It is Open Source Software and is completely free.

-DVD Styler Developer

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{rw_verdict2}For what it does, Aimersoft Video to DVD Converter is good, I will give it that much. The only problem is that for a commercial software, it doesn’t do enough when compared to alternative software (commercial or freeware); so I give it a thumbs down. Your money will be better spent elsewhere if you are looking for a DVD authoring tool; better yet you can save your money altogether and use freeware tools to accomplish the job. My favorite has always been DVD Flick, so that is my first recommendation. However, many people have complained to me about DVD Flick, so if that doesn’t work out, give DVD Styler a try – it is great also.
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5 comments

  1. BOBJ

    Aimesoft is a very shady company.

    They come off as dishonest.

    Just because other companies do something does not mean its right. Two names same product diff prices etc.

    Not surprised at all about them data mining either.

    Why do people assume someone is multimillion etc. It does not matter if they are or are not. Books are written on smart or rich people doing stupid things.

  2. Jyo

    Yea, I encountered an audio out of sync problem burning .mkv files when using the latest version of DVD Flick last time, and I’ve been waiting for their next release ever since, hoping they’ve exterminated that nasty bug.

    The one thing that I like about DVD Flick is its ability to support subtitles, which is usually absent in many other programs.

  3. OldElmerFudd

    Very nice of you to mention those two FOSS DVD tools. I’ve heard good things about DVD Flick for a long time. I don’t copy or author DVDs. Watch a movie, take it back to the rental store is more my style. It takes years before I want to see a movie again!