[Review] Clone2Go Video Converter Professional

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Clone2Go Video Converter Professional

Version reviewed:

v1.8.6

Supported OS:

Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Price:

$29.95 (USD) but you can get it for free for a limited time at Giveawayoftheday.com!

Software description as per the developer:

Clone2Go Video Converter Professional is an excellent tool for meeting video conversion needs. With this video converter software, you can convert video files in all popular formats to specific video/audio format for playback on iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, BlackBerry and other mobile players.

————————-{/rw_text} –>

{rw_good}

  • Straightforward and easy to use.
  • Supports many input and output formats.
  • Supports audio and video conversions.
  • Supports batch processing.
  • Users can trim input files before converting.
  • User has control over the settings of the output file.
  • Comes with a YouTube/Google video downloader and the ability to import videos from camcorders.

{/rw_good} –>

{rw_bad}

  • A bit buggy – won’t properly import audio files.
  • There is no “keep default resolution” option.
  • Doesn’t support SWF input.

{/rw_bad} –>

{rw_score}
{for=”Ease of Use” value=”9″}The program itself is fairly easy to use. However, I would prefer if the “Help Contents” included more “What is” than “How To” tutorials.
{/for}
{for=”Performance” value=”7″}Performs well with the video conversions. However, I run into a bug when trying to import audio files.
{/for}
{for=”Usefulness” value=”8″}I can see many people finding this program useful.
{/for}
{for=”Price” value=”6″}With so many video converters out there nowadays, freeware and shareware, I do feel charging $29.95 for a video converter is a bit too much. $20 is more fair in my humble opinion.
{/for}
{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.
{/for}
{/rw_score} –>

{rw_verdict}[tdown]
{/rw_verdict} –>

Clone2Go Video Converter Professional is, well, a video converter program that can also do some audio conversions.

This is what the main program window for Clone2Go Video Converter Professional looks like:

Using C2G VCP (Clone2Go Video Converter Professional) is very simple:

  • Add the input files. This is done via the “Add Video” button or “File” -> “Add Video Files…” or “File” -> “Batch Add Video Files”. You can add multiple input files at once because batch processing is supported; “Add Video” and “Add Video Files…” allows you to select individual files (you can select multiple ones) while “Batch Add Video Files” allows you to select a whole folder and add all the contents of it. Drag + Drop is also supported.
    • These are all the supported input formats:

Take note that in addition to video formats, some audio formats are also supported as input.

  • Select the output format/profile you want to convert your files to:

If you are making use of the batch processing feature, realize that all the input files you have checked will be converted to the output format/profile.

    • These are all the supported output formats/profiles:

Take note of the fact that some of the output selections are video/audio formats, while others are output “profiles” that relate to specific electronics such as the iPhone.

  • Trim the input file and customize output settings (if desired – this step is optional):

Take note that for all the selections except the output duration (which you use to trim the file), there are drop down menus which allow you to select different options. However, for “video size”, “video bitrate”, and “audio bitrate” you are also allows to type in manual numbers as desired.

  • Start converting your files by hitting the “Encode” button at the very top or the “Start Encode” button in the bottom right corner. All output files are put in a subfolder in Documents/My Documents -> Clone2Go Video Converter Professional by default – you can easily access this folder via the “Folder” button (you can change this output location via “Options”).
    • After conversions have finished, you can click on the little gray button with the arrow…

…and a menu appears that allows you to view all the files you converted in that session:

You can then right click each file individually to view it or open the folder it was placed in.

Aside from normal video/audio conversions, C2G VCP has two “extra” features”:

  • The ability to import and convert videos directly from DV camcorders (“File” -> “Capture Video From DV…”):

  • The ability to download and convert videos from YouTube/Google Video (use the “YouTube” button or go to “File” -> “Import Video from Internet…”):

You must manually paste in the URLs of the videos you want to download.

These are all the options you can change for C2G VCP:

There are three options that I would like to highlight specifically:

  • “Set Output Folder” – this is the option that allows you to control where your files will output at.
  • “Process & Thread” – take note of the ability to set C2G VCP to use multiple threads while converting. If your computer supports this (you need a CPU with more than one core – set the value to how many cores you have), you can turn this feature on and experience much faster file conversions. However, keep in mind the more threads you use, the more CPU will be used during conversions.
  • “Shutdown computer computer when encoding finished” – this option allows you to have C2G VCP automatically shut down your computer after conversions have finished. This option is handy because sometimes video conversions, and even audio conversions, can take a really long time to finish so some people may desire to leave them on overnight. With this option you don’t have to waste electricity and leave the computer on all night – the computer will automatically shutdown after the conversions have finished.

In terms of performance, Clone2Go Video Converter Professional performs very well for video conversions; the conversions are at a good pace, the output quality is excellent, and the computer resource usage is good (by good I mean about average). The only real problem with Clone2Go Video Converter in terms of performance is it is buggy – it is unable to properly import audio files even though the program’s features list shows the ability to import .MP2, .MP3, and .WAV. Whenever trying to import an audio file, I get an error like the following:

Other than that, there are only one other areas which I believe C2G VCP can be improved:

  • There is no ability to “keep default resolution” when converting videos. This is not that big of a deal when you are only converting one video because you can easily manually type in the size of your input video so that the output video is the same size. However, if you are batch converting multiple videos of different size, the lack of this option becomes really annoying. I want to see this option added.
  • The lack of ability to import SWF videos. In C2G VCP’s defense, many video converters – freeware and commercial – don’t support SWF inputs because converting SWF videos is a whole different ballgame (i.e. you convert it using different techniques than other popular formats). However, being a commercial software, I do expect the developer to tackle the hard aspects of a software instead of just accomplishing the easy ones. I want to see this option added.

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.

{rw_freea}

iWisoft Video Converter

iWisoft Free Video Converter can fast convert videos between all popular formats like AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, XviD, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, FLV, MKV, RM, MOV, 3GP, and audio MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG. Directly convert video for playback on your PSP, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox, Zune, Creative Zen, Archos and other digital multimedia devices.

The video converter also has powerful video editing functions including crop, trim, merge, adding watermark and special effects. And it’s totally free!

-Developer

FormatFactory

Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter.
Provides functions below:
All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF.
All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV.
All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA.
Rip DVD to video file , Rip Audio CD to audio file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.
Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux.

Format Factory’s Feature:
1 support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
2 Repair damaged video and audio file.
3 Reducing Multimedia file size.
4 Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats.
5 Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
6 DVD Ripper.
7 Supports 50 languages

-Developer

Super

With Super, you can literally convert any audio/video file to any audio/video file. The interface is a bit overwhelming at first, but if you learn to navigate it, Super will be your best friend. The only problem is, I do not think Super works properly on Vista. I keep getting continual errors.

YouConvertIt.com

You can convert your files via this online website. They will convert your files then email you a link to them.

Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter is an all-in-one video converting freeware with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed, and excellent video quality. It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, RM, RMVB, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, and AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player, or Smartphones.

-Download.com

{/rw_freea} –>

{rw_verdict2}In today’s world, video converters – even ones that support multiple input and output formats – no longer hold the high status they used to because now everyone and their grandmother can (and does) create one. So for a video converter to be worthwhile, it needs to be – at the very least – bug free and include all the basic converting features that rival converters have. Unfortunately, Clone2Go Video Converter Professional is not bug free and therefore receives a thumbs down from me. Instead I recommend users take a look at iWisoft Video Converter or FormatFactory – both are terrific freeware converters that will make you smile.
{/rw_verdict2} –>

Share this post

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

10 comments

  1. mukhi

    according to Ashraf’s (& MikeR’s)suggestions, i am gonna try iWisoft Video Converter. never tried super/any video converter before either. i have format factory, it is excellent, only problem is it does not do DVD (VIDEO_TS) to MKV (x.264 coded). for this purpose, i like handbrake (mac version available as well), or ripbot.

  2. MikeR

    @OldElmerFudd:

    Amnesia overwhelms. . . again (though I can’t remember the last time that happened.)

    Thanks for the reminder about MediaCoder because yes, it’s also on this PC and yes, I do use it as an alternative to SUPER according to whim.

    It’s easier to get to grips with than SUPER; a darn sight easier to locate and download; and it does just as good / precise a job (and, perhaps, even better.)

    Apologies for the omission!

  3. MikeR

    Sad to say, commercial software of this nature really does remind me how old I’m getting.

    Before the age of the Internet, if I wanted to map out a motoring itinerary it was necessary to pay one or other of the UK’s motoring organisations for such a document.

    Then the Internet comes along. And that’s it: the era of the paid-for route planner is dead. You can get whatever you want online, free of charge.

    Today’s GOTD is in the same category: commercial software in search of buyers who can as easily acquire the same kind of app for nothing.

    No point in me even bothering to DL this from GOTD; I have all three of the apps Ashraf mentioned sitting happily on my computer and experience has shown the following:

    1. Video conversion / video editing: iWiSoft. Fast, stable, dependable. Excellent output.

    2. Audio conversion: FormatFactory. Faster than iWisoft. (Yes, FF’s video work is good but not quite up to the standard maintained by iWisoft’s app.)

    3. SUPER. Well yes, for every person who would like to use it, several thousand don’t even get past SUPER’s hopeless website. And even when successfully downloaded, it’s nothing like as user-friendly as FF and iWisoft. But, but. . .

    For special tasks, where you’re seeking maximum control and fine-tuning of any and all parameters, there’s nothing to beat it.

    It used to be the case that a user needed to be highly selective in what software to deploy because of the parsimonious amount of free space on the hard drive. Nowadays, that no longer applies: it’s possible to mix and match many apps and still have 100s of GB spare.

    Clone2Go isn’t, therefore, simply a commercial app up against a rival freeware app competitor. It’s up against a range of freeware apps all of which can be within a single user’s armory. If it’s still around even six months from now, I’d be surprised.

    NB: very thoughtful of Ashraf, as usual, to flag up the swf issue, because time and again I come across folks who can’t understand why their freeware can’t handle this.

    Prices for this type of app are beginning to drop though — down from over $100 not too long ago to around $80 now. And, by coincidence, I see iWisoft is currently having a price war with its main rival, Sothink, and has just dropped its app from $79 to $49.

    I still can’t justify the expense but those who do work with swf may think $49’s a bargain.

  4. Sunny

    A nice review Ashraf, and very nice to see you back. I’ve tried several times in the past year to get hold of Super but each time found it impossible to download off the developer’s site. Wonder if he’s done anything to improve matters. Might take a gander over there right now and find out …….. I’m back……. and found out that it’s now available at softpedia –
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Encoders-Converter-DIVX-Related/SUPER.shtml

    But reviews are mixed and do give pause for thought. One reviewer says it’s a front end for a number of other utilities and can overwrite newer apps you’ve installed with older ones. and mess with codecs you’ve installed. Maybe the dev has since fixed this problem.

    Also available at:
    http://www.softspecialist.com/system/Windows/Super-Converter-4267.htm