[Windows] Leawo Video Converter supports over a dozen input and output video and audio formats

2013-03-31_223501dotTech has a review on best free video and audio converter for Windows, so I’m guessing most dotTechies already have a video/audio converter they regularly use. However, if you are still in the market for a video/audio converter, Leawo Video Converter wants your business. Let’s see if it is worth your time.


Main Functionality

Leawo Video Converter converts video and audio files to other formats.


  • Converts both video and audio files
  • Supports many input and output formats, including SD and HD videos; see chart to right for full list of supported formats2013-03-31_225812
  • Has support for electronic devices like iPhone 5, iPad, Galaxy S3, PS3, Xbox 360, etc.
  • Supports DRM-protected iTunes videos
  • Support batch processing
  • Has basic video editing features (trim; crop; adjust brightness, contrast, or saturation; adjust volume; add image or text watermark; vertical flip; horizontal flip; rotate 90 degrees)
  • Video editing shows before and after previews side-by-side, making it easy for you to compare
  • Allows for user control of output file settings (video codec, quality, resolution, bitrate, frame rate, and aspect ratio; audio codec, quality, bitrate, sample rate, and channels), including the ability to keep output resolution same as input resolution
  • Can merge input files into one output
  • Can convert 2D videos to 3D
  • Can add subtitles to videos (SRT, ASS, and SSA)
  • Supports drag + drop
  • Allows you to play files within the program and take JPG, BMP, or PNG snapshots
  • Can automatically shut down computer after conversions have finished
  • Good performance (fast and good output quality) — supports multi-core CPUs


  • When batch processing, all input files must be converted to the same output format with the same output settings — you cannot individually customize each input file to have different output settings
  • Comes bundled with K-Lite Codec Pack. Be sure to uncheck the option for K-Lite Codec Pack during installation and read dotTech’s article on codec packs for tips on if you should install a codec pack or not.
  • Has an ad (vis-a-vis a button in the toolbar) built-in for Leawo Free YouTube Downloader
  • You must have subtitle files already created to add to video — you cannot create your own within the program
  • No offline Help and online Help is more a tutorial than Help
  • Developer Says the program supports NVIDIA CUDA GPU acceleration, but I see no evidence of that in the program (e.g. no option to enable/disable, no icon, no button, etc.). This could be because I don’t have an NVIDIA graphics cards but all other programs that I have used that claim to support GPU acceleration have some sort of proof within the program itself.
  • Really skimpy on output profiles for Android devices; has a lot of the popular ones but is missing more than it has


2013-03-31_224155This is 2013 and in 2013 video and audio converting is no longer an art — it is a science. In today’s world, there are dime a dozen top quality video converters. Leawo Video Converter is part of that group; it is a good video converter with good features, support for many input/output formats, output profiles specific to modern electronic devices, and is easy to use. There really isn’t much else to say about Leawo Video Converter: it is just like most other video converters out there.

If I were to nitpick, I’d say probably the biggest drawback to Leawo Video Converter comes in the form of batch processing. When batch processing, many rival video/audio converters allow users to customize output format and settings for each input file individually. Leawo Video Converter does not allow that — all input files must be converted to the same output format with the same output settings.

Aside from that… I have nothing really else to say about Leawo Video Converter. If you have seen one video/audio converter, you have pretty much seen them all.

This has got to be one of the shortest discussions I have ever written.


Leawo Video Converter is a good program. It does what it claims and does it well; there isn’t anything majorly wrong with the program. However, I don’t recommend Leawo Video Converter for one simple reason: it provides no unique or value-added features that you would not get in a freeware video converter (aside from 2D -> 3D video conversions, which is more a gimmick than useful anyway). So why pay $29.95 for Leawo Video Converter when you can grab the likes of freeware Video to Video Converter (portable), freeware FormatFactory, and freeware Freemake Video Converter? I see no compelling reason for anyone to give their hard-earned cash to Leawo when they can get the same functionality for free.

If you can think of a reason to get Leawo Video Converter over a freeware converter, share with us in the comments below. Until then, my recommendation for everyone that does not yet have a video/audio converter is to read dotTech’s review on best free video and audio converters for Windows.

Price: $29.95

Version reviewed:

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8

Download size: 34.2 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: Too large to scan on VirusTotal

Is it portable? No

Leawo Video Converter homepage

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