MiniTool Video Converter Review
If you are trying to use video for multiple purposes, you know how tricky formatting can be. You test a dozen different options and find something that looks gorgeous on YouTube. But dig a little deeper, and the same video looks like garbage on Facebook and won’t even upload to BitChute. If you want your video to look good on every platform, it needs to be formatted for every platform. It could mean taking the same video and doing three or four versions.
Plus, content creators know how important it is to be where viewers are. This means that we are always looking to upload videos to new platforms. Of course, that new startup streaming site might only get you 100 views today. But if this site ends up being the next YouTube, you’ll be one of the first to post there. Unfortunately, this may mean developing another optimal format. And if you have a backlog of 100, 200, or 500 videos, converting all of those videos can be a pain. It helps if you have easy to use converter software where you can queue files and go.
Today we are going to review the MiniTool Video Converter. This is an advanced video converter program to change videos from one format to another. It’s designed for everyone from content to creators to casual social media users, and it’s completely free as a result. Note that we have notably reviewed the Windows version of the software. With that out of the way, let’s get to the review!
Look and feel
MiniTool Video Converter is free to install and use. You just need to download the installation file from their website and follow the instructions. It offers all the same conversion and editing options.
The interface is simple and straightforward, with big buttons at the top for importing files. You can also use these buttons to import social media links, remove videos from your queue, and adjust your settings. It has a boxy old-school look, but if you’re not into the aesthetic, it’s pretty functional. Not only can you add files by clicking the button, but the queue allows drag and drop import. So if you convert an entire folder full of files, you don’t need to import them one by one. Just select them all and drop them in the box.
Once the files have been added to your queue, a window will appear with a list of predefined options. These options are categorized into 3 categories including video converting, video downloading, and screen recording. Some categories are based on the file format, while others are based on popular sites. For example, there is a category specifically for YouTube formats. We’ll talk more about your options in a minute.
However, once an option has been selected, it will show up in its own new category: Recently Used Profiles. So if you always upload your videos to YouTube at 1080p, this option will be easy to find. Once you’ve chosen a format, just click the giant Run button at the bottom right to get started.
However, there are a few hiccups. For starters, the formats are not easy to sort. So if you know what you need up front, it can be hard to find. Not only that, but some of the options are hard to find. To use an example, some of the options, such as frame rate, are on the thumbnail of the video in the queue. On the other hand, resolution and aspect ratio are buried in a submenu.
It’s pretty easy to learn, but expect to spend a few minutes figuring it out. There are also no keyboard shortcuts, as you will find in most editing software. However, you can use the software in 2 different languages: English and Japanese. This makes it a solid choice for English and Japanese users.
That being said, the MiniTool Video Converter is not very portable. At the very least, you’ll need a laptop to run it, otherwise a desktop, it doesn’t support editing your videos on the go.
Supported video formats
The bread and butter of any video converter is the number of formats it supports. In total, MiniTool video converter software will support 26 different file extensions. These include common options like MP4 and AVI, as well as less common options like H264 and OGV. You can also convert web formats like FLV and SWF. You can also convert between nine HD video formats including MP4, AVI and TS HD. These formats will support resolutions up to 4K, in line with the latest and greatest action cameras.
Besides all these video formats, MiniTool Video Converter also supports 10 different audio formats. You can convert between audio files themselves or add audio to an existing video. You can also take audio from a video track and save it as a separate audio file.
Changing features and options
MiniTool Video Converter has some useful basic editing functions. For starters, there is a built-in player that you can access to preview your files. You can also take screenshots of specific images. By clicking on the Edit button, you can access additional functions. You can crop, crop and merge videos into one file. You can adjust a few other settings as well.
First of all, you can activate the high-quality engine. This helps clean up minor motion blur and other artifacts. It’s not magic, but it’s worth activating it if your video quality is marginal. On a related note, you can also enable deinterlacing. This can help remove other artifacts that were introduced when the file was first encoded.
There are additional options to help speed up the conversion process. The automatic copy function is the most commonly used. In this mode, the software will not waste time “converting” data that does not need to be converted. For example, you might want the same MP4 video in three different resolutions. However, all three versions can use the same 128Kbps MP3 audio.
In Auto Copy mode, MiniTool video converter software would just copy that audio, saving you precious time. You can also speed things up by using hardware acceleration, which is enabled by default. Older versions of MiniTool video converter only supported hardware acceleration on Intel and nVIDIA chipsets. But in the latest version, support has also been added for the AMD architecture.
You are not limited to editing videos from your computer. MiniTool Video Converter will recognize nearly 500 different online video sources and can download them directly from the web. This is a great feature if you downloaded videos from the web but lost the originals. Just be careful not to violate copyright laws!
Besides editing videos, you can also use MiniTool Video Converter to convert audio files. This is more of an added convenience, as there are many free audio converters out there. A more useful feature is the ability to create slideshows. You can combine images and sound as needed, but times and transitions only offer a few preset options. Still, that’s more than what you’ll get from most converting software.
As you can see, the MiniTool Video Converter is one of the most powerful video converters on the market. For starters, it can handle just about any type of file. Regardless of codec, resolution or frame rate, converting files is quick and painless. To be fair, there is a small learning curve compared to some converters. But compared to something like Adobe, it’s as easy as Solitaire. Editing options are a bit limited, as you would expect from dedicated converter software.
However, you can do more than just convert file types. In addition to basic cuts and merges, you can also clean up blurry videos and even create slideshows. Overall, you’re looking for a lot of value in a lightweight package. And if you’re not sure, you can always try the free version to see how you like it.