Aiseesoft’s entry into the 1-gadget only software game falls a bit short compared to the best DVD to iPad converters that we have reviewed for 2012. As seen in other software titles in this category many offer the ability to not only convert video and DVD into iPad format but also include a file manager which in essence replaced iTunes so you can work with all types of files, not just the files and apps that you get in the App Store. However, Aiseesoft does include everything you would need for basic video converting and DVD extracting, along with presets of the most optimal setting for your iPad. I was most amazed at the software’s conversion speed which on average totalled one minute to convert a 4 minute section. This was slightly faster than both Wondershare and 4Media’s versions.
Aiseesoft first came on the scene in 2007 when they introduced an easy to use software made exclusively for the iPod Touch and the original iPhone. At the time a single use software like this was welcome because most people only had an iPod or iPhone. But for todays use, many people own multiple video playback devices, thus the need for an all around video converter software. But Aiseesoft is still gambling on the need of single gadget users. So if you are an iPad only user then this software will do exactly what you need for video conversion.
The most notable feature in Aiseesoft’s DVD to iPad software is the DVD ripping ability. With an included DVD decrypter, Aiseesoft has no qualms about making the Hollywood execs upset. Right out of the box (or in this case, download) you are free to rip and convert any DVD movie you have in your collection. This make using the software much simpler because now you won’t need to hunts down and install a 3rd party decrypter. Secondly, I was impressed with their video enhancement tools that are included. Most notably the file cropping and merging effects you can add to video clips. I was able to put the first 3 Star Wars movies together in one long video file. Why would I do that you ask? Why not right? For those that are not as adventurous you can also splice together or cut apart any of your video segments and then preview the result in the built-in preview window. Although the software is strong in the ripping and converting areas, one feature lacking is the inability to extract audio only.
Like I mentioned at the beginning the conversion time was quite impressive with an average time ratio of 1:4 for converting video. In other words every four minutes of video took one minute to convert. Audio/Video syncing was spot on which is a welcome, because these types of software application are notorious for messing up the syncing of the audio and video streams. Many freeware DVD to iPad converters have this issue and there are many steps involved for setting it straight.
Playback on the iPad was brilliant and using the default setting within the software made the screen size perfect for Widescreen viewing. I did notice a few playback pixelation issues on the original iPad, but it was not enough to take away from the enjoyment of the movie. Playing back the same video on the iPad 2 and iPad 3 did not result in the pixelation issue.
The major reason to use a paid software is the included help and support that the company offers because many video applications can have some hang ups from time to time. This is one advantage that paid software has over its freeware companions. I did notice that Aiseesoft offers a FAQ section on their site which answers most of the basic troubleshooting issues many will encounter. While that is somewhat useful most will probably have a specific question or problem. For this they do offer support via email which will assist with individual problems. The one time I used their support I was responded to the same day, but users should expect at least a 24 hour turn around because their support team is hosted overseas.
Aiseesoft’s DVD to iPad converter does offer fast and accurate conversion speeds which is great if you only have a need to support video on an iPad. If you have other needs such as an alternate to iTunes for file transferring or if you want to support video formats for other devices you might want to go with an all-inclusive video converter.
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