By Terry Currier
Movavi VideoSuite Suite does just about everything you need. You can convert from one video format to another, split video, join them together, and much more. You can rip unencrypted DVDs for backing them up, or just copy them. Just for fun I converted a home movie over to show on my cell phone, and learned you can go cross eyed looking at a cell phone video for over an hour (but it was cool.)
Convert VideoDVD will take in all popular video formats and convert it. Here I converted two hours of video over to 3gpp2 and put it onto my cell phone. Two hours of video shrunk down to 186KB. Input formats: AVI (DivX, XviD, etc.), VOB, DVD, IFO, MPEG, MPEG4 (MP4, iPod, PSP), 3gpp, 3gpp2, MOV, WMV, ASF. Output formats: AVI, MPEG (DVD, VCD, SVCD), MPEG4 (MP4, iPod, PSP), 3gpp, 3gpp2, MOV, WMV, RM, WAV, MP3, WMA. You can also Join multiple video files into one large movie file. With Movavi you can use ConvertVideo as a DVD Ripper and save your DVD to any video format. One cool ability is that you can extract and save your favorite movie soundtracks from any video or DVD, and save them as a MP3, WAV, or WMA file.
VideoDVD to Mobile is designed to simply convert video files over to mobile devices. Those being iPod, Cellphone, PDA, PSP.
Edit Video I think is misnamed. You don’t really edit in this module, it should have been called Enhance video. Movavi includes a number of filters to help make your video look better. Among others filters include Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, and Color Balance, Denoiser. You can preview the effect of each filter in the preview window. There is also a split view to compare the original with a filter applied. You can apply markers to certain parts of a video for Movavi to only work on those areas. Does it work? Yes, but it is not a miracle worker. I applied Deinterlace, Brightness/Contrast, Deblocking, and Denoiser to a really bad VHS conversion. A compilation of six different people/video tape cameras which a high school put together. Nice to save the band field trip memories, but putting 3 hours and 20 minutes onto one VHS tape is not a good idea. It flickers, and has wavy lines in it, especially the last 20 minutes. Running it through Movavi VideoSuite made it better, but not enough to want to show it. Also it takes a long time for it to do the conversion. Before I read where it will take longer if you show the conversion, it took four hours to apply the five filters to eight minutes of video. Turning off the video display it took three hours and 25 minutes. The one click Magic Enhance which cleans up lighting and color took 22 minutes for the eight minute video. When saving it I could choose to save it as an MPEG, WMV or AVI file.
Split Video - You can split, cut and trim your video automatically by size, time or number of clips. You can also choose to place the splits, or cuts wherever you feel they are needed.
Join Video – Lets you join together as many files as you need into one, in any format you choose. So you can bring in different videos and join them together. With the Movavi Suite you could have two digital video cameras at an event, bring them into the computer edit, join and create a movie. You can even link DVD chapters and save them as a single complete movie file.
Create CD/DVD – The Movavi VideoSuite can also burn CD/DVD disc. It can be data, music, or video. You can also copy/backup disc. One really nice feature for video is it lets you reduce (compress) the size of your video files without affecting the quality.
Testing was done on a 2.67 Celeron computer with 768MB of RAM.
Recommended System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 2000/XP with all recent updates installed
Intel or AMD or compatible processors at 1.5 GHz or higher
Display graphics minimum resolution of 800x600x 32-bit color
RAM: Minimum 256 megabytes (MB) or higher
1 GB of free hard disk space for proper operation
Quick Time Player for Windows for MOV-files processing
Conclusion – very good product, and at a bargain price of $59.99. Get it at http://www.movavi.com. A new version of Movavi VideoSuite that now includes an updated beta of Movavi VideoMessage.
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