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[Windows] Convert videos, rip DVDs, download Youtube videos, create slideshows, make ringtones, and more with Blaze Video Magic

2013-08-18_000257 [1]Video converters on Windows are a dime a dozen. Indeed, if I were to throw a digital rock into the digital sea of Windows software, I’d probably hit 59 video converters in one throw. Still, developers are continuing to create and sell video converters, simply because they can. Blaze Video Magic is one such video converter. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

Blaze Video Magic is a video converter for Windows. However, depending on which version of Blaze Video Magic you get, Blaze Video Magic does more than just convert videos — such as convert audio/image files, create slideshows, download Youtube videos, make ringtones, and more.

There are three versions of Blaze Video Magic: Standard ($29.95), Professional ($39.95), and Ultimate ($49.95). The following chart (created by the developer, BlazeVideo) explains the differences between all three versions:

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For the purposes of this review, we tested Blaze Video Magic Ultimate.




2013-08-18_002137 [4]Blaze Video Magic is an interesting product. No, it isn’t interesting because it has unique features. In fact, Blaze Video Magic has pretty much zero unique features — everything it offers can be found in other shareware or freeware programs. Rather, what makes Blaze Video Magic interesting is the fact that the developer tries to provide you with more bang for the buck.

What exactly do I mean? I mean that while other developers throw up a simple video converter and ask you to pay anywhere from $30-$50 for a simple video converter, Blaze Video Magic — depending on the version you get — provides you with more features than just video converting, such as the ability to rip DVDs, download Youtube videos, create video slideshows out of images/photos, and make ringtones.

Indeed, before I started to actually test Blaze Video Magic, I was impressed by the program. Video converters are very common nowadays and you need to do something unique to differentiate yourself from the pack, and Blaze Video Magic attempts to do that by offering more than just video converting features. Unfortunately, after testing it, it looks like Blaze Video Magic is a classic a case of a developer trying to offer more quantity than quality.

I have no issues with Blaze Video Magic’s features per-se — they aren’t buggy, and they work as intended. In fact, Blaze Video Magic does excellent conversions, due to the fact that it uses FFMPEG as its workhorse. However, it appears that the developer of Blaze Video Magic focused a bit too much on the “extra” features and forgot to ensure the video converting features of Blaze Video Magic — the core functionality of this program — are rock solid.

As you can see in the Cons list above, Blaze Video Magic is missing out on quite a features that other video converters have. No, they aren’t “big” features in the sense that without them Blaze Video Magic will not work. However, they are important features nonetheless. More specifically, Blaze Video Magic’s lack of ability to keep the resolution of output videos the exact same as input videos really irks me. Seriously, most of the time when I want to convert a video to a different format, it is because I need to change the format due to incompatibility somewhere (e.g. won’t play on my mobile device) — I do *not* need to resize it. Not having the ability to keep original input video resolution more or less forces me to resize my output videos, unless I’m lucky enough and my input video is one of the standard resolutions available as output in Blaze Video Magic.

Lack of the ability to keep input/output video resolutions the same is alone, in my opinion, a deal-breaker when it comes to a video converter. Blaze Video Magic is no exception.

Conclusion and Download Link

Video converters are very common nowadays and you need to do something unique to differentiate yourself from the pack, and Blaze Video Magic attempts to do that by offering more than just video converting features. Unfortunately, after testing it, I find Blaze Video Magic to be a subpar program. Why? You see, the main feature of Blaze Video Magic is converting videos — and it has too many issues in that department when compared to rival video converters.

Sure it will successfully convert videos (because it uses FFMPEG), but issues like the inability to keep output resolution the exact same as input resolution vis-a-vis a “keep original resolution” option and the inability to set the program to automatically shutdown/hibernate after conversion are essentially deal-breakers. My recommendation? Save your money, save your time — don’t get Blaze Video Converter.

Instead of Blaze Video Converter, you should check out dotTech’s review of best free video converters for Windows [5] to learn of excellent — yet free — video converters… that also do more than just convert videos.

Price: $29.95, $39.95, $49.95

Version reviewed:

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8

Download size: 39.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results:

Is it portable? No

Blaze Video Magic homepage [6]