Easy to use, good results: That’s the gist of what I have to say
about Pavtube Video Converter. I used this attractive utility to
convert several files to iPod and 3gp format. However, it took the
installation of the free Xvid and Quicktime codecs before I could
Pavtube states in the system requirements that you must install
Quicktime, however, there was no mention of installing Xvid, which
the company lists as supported. That’s a minor annoyance at
most–anything for which you can install a DirectX filter, it seems
this program will convert. Performance was more than adequate,
though not as speedy as Cyberlink’s Power Director, which I usually
employ for transcoding. I’ve already mentioned that Pavtube Video
Converter’s interface is attractive. It also prominently displays
the most common options such as the output profile (iPod, 3GP, WMV,
etc.) on the main page which makes it quite quick and easy to use.
There are a couple of settings dialogs, but you shouldn’t have to
access them very often.
If you head to the company’s Web site with wallet in hand,
beware that there are a number of single-purpose (e.g., to iPod
only) cross-coders advertised there that cost exactly the same.
Make sure you purchase this all-purpose transcoder, not a one-trick
pony, if you decide to buy. The demo version of Pavtube Video
Converter watermarks video with a very prominent Pavtube logo, but
it gives you a good idea as to its merit.
–Jon L. Jacobi