Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, formerly called Daniusoft Media Converter, is a software application that carries a spectacular set of tools under an average sounding name. Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, as the publisher puts it, “cuts in the scope of multimedia decoding & encoding, legitimate copyright circumventing, DVD decrypting & authoring and media file transferring for personal use.”
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate houses several independent function units - Video Converter, Video Editor, DVD Ripper, DRM Removal, DVD Burner and Video Transfer. The software has another tool – YouTube video downloader, but I’m not sure whether I should mention it, because it doesn’t work.
Anyways, the software supports a truck load video formats – from the standard AVI, MP4, MPEG, MOV and MKV to HD video like HD AVI(VC-1, MPEG-4), and MTS/M2TS/TS/TRP (AVHD H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2 HD). Similar capabilities are seen in the audio department.
The software supports a wide range of mobile devices. If you want to convert and transfer songs from your PC to your cell phone and not sure what audio or video formats are supported by your device, simple select your cell phone model from the list of output formats and the software will take care of the rest.
Advanced option to fine tune the output results are also available - choose bitrates, sampling frequency and frame rate and resolution in case of videos, .
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate doesn’t just convert, it can transfer your songs to your iPod, iPhone, Zune, PSP, Blackberry, Nokia etc too.
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate will also author video DVDs and burn them to discs, but the DVD creating unit is a bit primitive and the limitations are glaringly visible. You can’t set chapters, for instance, or manually set the bit rate, apart from choosing one of the predefined profiles.
Also, there seems to be some flaw in the conversion process. In my test, I tried to fit a 2 hour 40 minute movie into a 4.3 GB DVD in vain. Even with the lowest settings applied it could bring the size down to only 6 GB which overshoots the disc size limit. 2 hour 40 minute should comfortably get into a single layer DVD with reasonable video quality. This is something the developers should take a look at.
The same movie was successfully packed into a 2 GB disc under “good” video quality by one of my favorite DVD authoring software – CovertXtoDVD.
The DVD authoring function turns out to be a sore spot, but there are other good things in Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate.
The DRM removal is excellent. Whether the files are protected by "Fair Use" of iTunes' or the "Play for Sure" of Windows Media or even BBC iPlayer’s DRM - Video Converter Ultimate will disable the DRM of each and every one of it. And it works, even better than some of the software I listed previously.
Similarly, it will rip CSS copy protected DVDs with ease.
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate also comes with a basic video editor with which you can trim videos, crop videos, adjust image quality like Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and apply fancy effects like Emboss, Negative, and Old Film and watermark.
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate does have it’s share of positives and negatives, but over all it’s a good software.
- Support 150+ audio/video formats and large number of mobile devices
- No iTunes needed to transfer songs to iPod, Zune etc.
- Removes DRM from media files
- Decent and easy to use video editor
- Supports multi-core CPU for parallel processing of multiple files
- DVD authoring is poor
- YouTube downloader doesn’t work
Beat the drums, blow the vuvuzelas – we have an announcement to make: we have in our hands 5 licenses of Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate which retails at $59.95 a piece. We are going to give these away to 5 lucky persons selected by a random draw. If you are interested in winning one, just leave your name and email address in the form below and hope for the best.
The contest closes on July 15th.