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[Windows] Convert audios and videos to other formats with Tipard Video Converter

2013-02-16_220447 [1]With so many different video and audio delivery methods (e.g. online or DVD), video and audio formats, and electronic devices, it has almost become a necessity to have a competent video and audio converter at your disposal to fulfill your converting needs. Tipard Video Converter is one such audio and video converter. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Tipard Video Converter is an audio and video converter. It allows you to convert audio and video files to other formats.

Take note there are two versions of Tipard Video Converter, Platinum and Standard. The differences between the two are minimal. Standard does everything Platinum does except Platinum has three extra features: ability to convert 2D videos to 3D, ability to clip input files into separate segments, and ability to easily switch to a different input file when using the editing features.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

2013-02-16_220701 [3]For all intents and purposes, there is very little to dislike about Tipard Video Converter. As you can see in the ‘Pros’ list above, the program supports many input and output formats, supports batch processing, can do both audio and video conversions, allows for basic editing, performs very well, and is easy to use. Indeed, the issues with Tipard Video Converter are few and far in between. In other words, it is an excellent audio and video converter. However, the major problem with Tipard Video Converter is price.

If this was 2008, 2009, or 2010, then Tipard Video Converter would be a catch — a unique and excellent audio and video converter. However, this is 2013. Video and audio converting is no longer an art; it is quite literally an exact science. There are so many excellent and viable freeware video and audio converters [4] out there that offer pretty much all the same features and functionality as Tipard Video Converter, if not more. Aside from 2D -> 3D video conversions (I have yet to find a freeware that does 2D -> 3D conversions), there is absolutely no reason to drop a significant sum of money on Tipard Video Converter when you can grab a freeware converter for $0. I realize developers have to make a living and some opt for the shareware model to do so. However, asking $40/$45 for a program that offers very little more than freeware alternatives is absurd. In my mind, buying Tipard Video Converter is akin to performing an act of charity: willingly giving away your money for very little in return (when you consider the fact that you could be using freeware converters instead).

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

In terms of features, usefulness, and usability, Tipard Video Converter is one of the best video and audio converters I have used; there really isn’t much I can complain about when it comes to Tipard Video Converter. And those of you that have been following dotTech since the beginning know that it is a rare instance indeed when I cannot complain about a program.  The issue, however, is price. Aside from wanting to do 2D -> 3D conversions, why pay $40/$45 for Tipard Video Converter when there are dozens upon dozens of freeware audio and video converters that do the same thing?

My recommendation is to save your money and grab a freeware video and audio converter instead of Tipard Video Converter, such as Video to Video Converter Portable [5] (does audio conversions, too, despite the name), Xmedia Recode Portable [6], FormatFactory [7], Freemake Video Converter [8], iWisoft Video Converter [9], EasyBrake Portable [10], and more. All of the ones I just mentioned are excellent and will take care of all your audio and video converting needs; some are even portable meaning you don’t have to install them and can take them with you on-the-go on a USB flash drive. Pick one of these freewares (Video to Video Converter and FormatFactory are my top two picks, with Video to Video Converter having the portable advantage while FormatFactory having the advantage of being able to convert more than just audios and videos) and enjoy conversion bliss… without having to pay a penny.

Price: $40 (Standard), $45 (Platinum)

Version reviewed: 6.2.16

Supported OS: Windows NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 23.7 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/46 [11]

Is it portable? No

Tipard Video Converter homepage [12]