Daniusoft has now released a free version of their video converter, perhaps unsurprisingly named Daniusoft Video Converter Free that promises an intuitive interface that’s easy to use and that it can handle an abundance of formats and take care of all your converting needs!
If you saw our coverage of Daniusoft’s Media Converter Ultimate a few months back, you may be familiar with the interface and the plethora of output formats it offered too. The interface of their free video converter is just as easy to use as the paid version, and a lot of great features are offered at no cost at all.
Using the converter, you can convert your files in to AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV and MP4 videos for use with various devices you may own. Once you’ve chosen the output profile that you want to use, you can also further tweak the settings of your conversion, with options allowing you to change the resolution, encoder, bit rate and change audio settings too. It even gives you the choice of splitting the video, which is a great option if you’re going to then burn the file to a CD or DVD after the conversion and need to make sure it fits on!
If you want, you can just take the audio track off the video and have it exported in an audio format such as MP3 or WMA. Again, there are various settings for this which can be set to your preference.
If you want to leave several videos converting for a longer period of time, you can do a batch conversion of up to 5 videos at once, so you don’t have to be at your computer when each conversion completes to set the next one going! The free version has a limit of five videos at once, and the full version will allow you to have an unlimited amount of videos batch converting at once. For most people, five is more than in enough, and certainly proved more than adequate for my converting needs too.
One thing that was left behind in the transition from paid app to free app is the ability to output your chosen video in a multitude of great pre-existing settings for popular mobile devices. You could output to a number of devices from the Nexus One to the iPhone and Blackberry, and it’s definitely one killer reason to buy the full version of this great program! Unfortunately, outputting to .mkv video format is another option that got left out in the cold for the free version, but the basics are more than covered for the average user.
Probably the most disappointing withdrawal from the full application for me was something that some users may not notice. When converting a video, all the cores of your CPU aren’t utilised, so video conversion may take longer than it would using the full version of the program on, say, a quad core CPU.
All things considered, the free version of Daniusoft’s video converter offers a great choice for those who don’t want to pay for a video converter, and covers all the features the average user would want. If you’re a power user, you may want to consider purchasing the full version, priced at $28.95 (20% off the normal price until 30th April 2010), for more advanced features and a greater selection of output formats. If you’re looking for a free video converter, however, Daniusoft Video Converter Free is a great choice, and available from today.