Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is an easy and capable video conversion utility, but it faces stiff competition from free software such as Freemake Video Converter. At $65, its integrated disc authoring may not be enough to entice users away from the freebies.
Professional in power, yet easy to use, the Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate interface makes short work of even batch operations.
Pavtube’s interface is wonderfully easy without seeming childish. Drag a file to the program window, select a destination device from the drop-down list on the right, and click on the convert button. There’s a large selection of Apple and Samsung devices, a decent selection of Motorola devices, and then…nothing. Owners of HTC and other brands of devices need to know their format and resolution and select from the list of those that Pavtube also provides.
Video Converter Ultimate can convert multiple videos at once, and preview them all for you while transcoding in small video windows to their left. I found the program roughly equal in performance to the modern competition.
Blu-ray and DVD authoring is integrated.
Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate also can rip commercial DVDs and Blu-rays. It’s handy to have these capabilities under the same roof. There’s a decent selection of menu templates, and you can change the text and background image as well as add your own music to the menu.
You can 1:1 full copy Blu-ray and DVD or directly extract the main title from Blu-ray and DVD movies. If needed, it can help you convert Blu-ray and DVD to MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, 3GP, WMV, M3U8, H.265, etc.
Pavtube also includes a very capable and smart-looking video player which rivals VLC for features and format support. It actually seemed a bit more stable and bug-free. Alas, it took over all file associations without asking during installation: not a sin, but not polite to be sure.