This Ultimate edition of the popular iSkysoft Video Converter not only includes the conversion and editing capabilities of the latter, but it also incorporates some exclusive new functionality worth highlighting. Namely, it now allows you to rip, convert, and burn DVDs, and to transform your 2D videos into three-dimensional movies just by selecting your preferred 3D codec.
Those familiar with the iSkysoft family of products will find that not only the program’s interface but also most of its features and functions look suspiciously identical to those in the standard edition. Wisely, they have built on an already successful interface and on widely tested functionality, which has surely helped them keep the price difference between versions on the low side.
The DVD creation functionality is an interesting improvement. It not only burns your DVD folders, ISO images, or home videos to disc, but it adds a menu to it, and lets you incorporate a subtitle stream to the final product. The range of menu templates to choose from doesn’t offer you much choice, but it is somehow sufficient for a converter that never claimed to be a professional DVD authoring tool.
As for the program’s 2D to 3D capabilities, I did expect a more interactive approach. The way it works here, all you have to do is simply choose one of the output formats displayed when clicking on the 3D tab, and in fact that is as much as you can do about it. You don’t have the possibility of previewing the results, or of choosing between an anaglyph or a side-by-side 3D conversion technique, not even using the advanced settings window. Not that this lack of customization renders this feature useless, but trial-and-error learning always delays the entire conversion process.
All in all, iSkysoft Video Converter Ultimate is an app worth checking. The editing and conversion functionality alone - though inherited from its sibling tool - is worth trying, let alone all the extras.
- 2D to 3D conversion
- Support for all popular video codecs and containers
- Fast conversion processes
- Device-based output profiles
- Burns ISO images and DVD folders to disc
- The editing functionality offers no improvement over the standard edition
- Lack of Blu-ray support
- No 3D preview