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Group test: what's the best video-conversion software?

The best video-conversion software you can install

PC Advisor reviews the best video conversion software you can install today.

5. HandBrake 0.9.4

HandBrake 0.9.4
  • Reviewed on: 9 March 10
  • RRP: Free
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

For those who wish to convert the DVDs they own for the purpose of archiving their content, carrying it on a laptop, or making it compatible with a device such as an iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV, HandBrake is a godsend. It’s approachable enough for those new to DVD ripping, but has enough features for more-demanding users who want to tweak their videos to the nth degree. And who can argue with free?

4. Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter
  • Reviewed on: 7 September 10
  • RRP: Free
  • Rating: Rated 0 out of 10

Freemake Video Converter's biggest assets are that it's free and has a simple user interface and presets for many popular video formats. It's hard to complain about a free product that does so much, but a few more video formats and resolutions in future releases would make this app ideal. For most of us, what it's got will do for now.

3. Squared 5 MPEG Streamclip

Squared 5 MPEG Streamclip
  • Reviewed on: 22 December 10
  • RRP: Free
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

MPEG Streamclip is free, powerful and a must-have for video makers. If you can live with the less than plished interface, it’ll do a great job for you.

2. Sorenson Squeeze 8

Sorenson Squeeze 8
  • Reviewed on: 18 November 11
  • RRP: $599 (around £380) for Pro version
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

If you're a pro who does lots of encoding, then Squeeze 8 is definitely worth the download. The ABR allows state-of-the-art performance from your video server, and output from either version is as good as it gets. Plus, I've only scratched the surface of the filters and other advanced features.

1. Nero Multimedia Suite 10

Nero Multimedia Suite 10
  • Reviewed on: 14 April 10
  • RRP: £59 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Nero's exceedingly powerful burning suite Nero Multimedia Suite 10 continues to offer innovations, like its MediaHub for organizing, editing, and playing content; but it continues to be slightly hampered by interface challenges.

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