[Rapid Review] mediAvatar HD Video Converter

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

mediAvatar HD Video Converter

Version reviewed:

v6.0.14 Build 1104

Software description as per the developer:

Seamlessly convert ordinary videos to HD-formats to share with your family and friends! mediAvatar HD Video Converter can easily convert between various HD video formats such as Full-HD 1080p, HD AVI, H.264/AVC, HD MPEG4 TS, HD MPEG2 TS, HD WMV, HD Quick Time, AVCHD (.mts, .m2ts). Additionally, you can also convert HD videos to other video formats incl. AVI, MP4, MPEG, ASF, MOV, RMVB, DivX, 3GP, RM, etc., extract audio and pictures from videos as well as sharing them on virtually all digital devices easily and effortlessly. With this HD Converter you can also cut, clip and add personal touches like watermarks or other effects to your videos.

Download size:

29.4 MB

Supported OS:

Windows XP SP2/Vista/Win7

Price:

$34.99 (USD)

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  • Straightforward and easy to use.
  • Can do video -> video, video -> audio, and audio -> audio conversions.
  • Can convert HD and SD videos.
  • Supports many input and output formats.
    • Including SWF inputs.
  • Supports many electronic devices.
  • Users are given full control over output file properties.
  • Has the ability to automatically split input files by length or size.
  • Has the ability to make full use of all CPU cores (if applicable).
  • Has the ability to automatically close program, or shut down, hibernate, or sleep computer after conversions have finished.
  • Has the ability to prevent computer from hibernating/sleeping during conversions.
  • Supports NVIDIA CUDA technology (requires applicable hardware).
  • Supports drag + drop.

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  • Developer claims to be able to “convert batches of pictures like JPG, GIF, BMP and PNG to a video and play it as a slideshow” but the program won’t properly input any image files during my tests.
  • Lacks a lot of the basic editing capabilities rival shareware video converters have.
  • Cannot merge videos.
  • Does not properly convert input SWF videos.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”10″}Very easy to use.
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{for=”Performance” value=”7″}Performs extremely well; converts quickly and output quality is great. However, the developer makes a claim of being able to converter images to slideshows with this program but during my tests the program would not even properly import images files and input SWF videos are not properly converter. Furthermore, mediAvatar HD Video Converter lacks many of the basic editing features found in rival shareware video converters at this price.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”9″}I can see many people finding this program useful.
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{for=”Price” value=”7″}$34.99 is in the same ballpark as other rival shareware video converters. However, personally, I find asking almost $40 for a video converter to be crazy considering there are so many of them out there – shareware and freeware. (I didn’t hold this against mediAvatar HD Video Converter, though, since it is priced similar to its rivals.)
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{for=”Final Score” value=”7″}
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{rw_badb}mediAvatar HD Video Converter comes bundled with Bing toolbar:

I always find it distasteful when any program requires opt-out instead of opt-in for such options. I find it even more distasteful when shareware programs do this. First of all, in my opinion, shareware programs shouldn’t even be bundled with toolbars, nor should they be asking you to change your homepage or default search engine simply because they are shareware: The developer is already making money by selling you the program. However, if shareware programs do have such options they should most definitely be opt-in instead of opt-out.

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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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FormatFactory

iWisoft Video Converter

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{rw_verdict2}Aside from the issues mentioned above, mediAvatar HD Video Converter is a very good converter; it converts well, converting at a good pace and with very good output quality. I give mediAvatar HD Video Converter a thumbs up. However, I stop short of recommending mediAvatar HD Video Converter – leaving it up to you to decide if you want to get it or not – because there aren’t really very many (if any) features that differentiate mediAvatar HD Video Converter from rival shareware video converters. The two features that could potentially differentiate mediAvatar HD Video Converter from rival programs (the ability to convert SWF and create slideshows with images) don’t work properly. Furthermore, mediAvatar HD Video Converter charges the same price as other rival shareware video converters, but skimps out on some of the features that those other video converters provide, such as basic video editing capabilities. If I were going to purchase a video converter for $35 – assuming I am not satisfied with the many freeware ones – I would want one that gives me the most bang for my buck.
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9 comments

  1. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @paul birch: You are welcome! Thanks for keeping me on my toes. I try to make sure my point is always clearcut but sometimes my word usage is a bit confusing, so I appreciate you calling me out on it.

    I sure do hope mediAvatar is not spamming GOTD because there is going to be a dotTech-mediAvatar promotion soon… =O

  2. paul birch

    @Ashraf: Thanks for clarifying your position. I guessed correctly that was probably it and with your review in hand, decided not to try this. I am also concerned that the publisher was spamming the GAOTD comments to give false support to their wares.

    Again, thanks for all of the help you’ve given me and others over many, many months on your GAOTD reviews!

  3. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Jonathon: No I mean splitting the output file by number of minutes or size. Now that you mention it, I don’t believe mediAvatar HD Video Converter can convert only X amount of minutes from a video.

    I know FF can do the last two of the three points you mention, but I am not 100% sure about the first one.

    @Sherwood Tucker: Fixed, thanks.

    @paul birch: My point was (is) that while mediaAvatar HD Video Converter is a “great” program, there are better ones out there. It makes sense in my head XD. However, my head can be a confusing place sometimes, so I understand how my word usage can be a bit contradictory to my rating. I have updated the final verdict to be a bit more congruent. Hope that helps.

  4. paul birch

    @Ashraf: “mediAvatar HD Video Converter is a great program; it performs extremely well for what it does (aside from the one image input issue I mentioned). I give mediAvatar HD Video Converter a thumbs up. However, I stop short of recommending mediAvatar HD Video Converter…”

    How can it be a “great program,” but only a “[Quick Verdict] GOOD” ?

    Why would you not recommend this program if it’s a “great program”? ["...I stop short of recommending mediAvatar HD Video Converter..."]

    Ashraf, in general I think your reviews are great, but I’m totally confused on this one. It’s still early for this giveaway, thus I suggest you edit this so it makes sense.

    Because of this and mediAvatar Software Studio’s apparent spamming of comments on the GAOTD site, I won’t be bothering with this one. I WISH GAOTD would get a sane moderator.

    Long ago, I learned about FormatFactory from you Ashraf (thank you!), and apparently would do more than this anyway.

    Thanks. Please keep reviewing on GAOTD. I know you can’t have an excellent review every day, but you do have many more excellent reviews than GAOTD even has good applications for us to try.

  5. Jonathon

    When you say that mediAvatar HD Video Converter can “automatically split input files by length or size”, do you mean you can tell it to convert (for example) only the ~4 minutes from 23:13 to 27:22)?

    Can Format Factory
    – “automatically split input files by length”?
    – “make full use of all CPU cores (if applicable)”?
    – “convert HD”?

    Thank you.