Review: iFunia iPod Video Converter for Mac
The ideal tool for converting all popular video files to your iPod / iPod T
iPod Touch / iPod Classic.iPods are the most popular devices when it comes to video and audio rendering on the go. As such, video-conversion software specially designed for shrinking the movie ratio to fit the iPod's display is pretty appealing. iFunia iPod Video Converter for Mac fits the description exactly, and even its name suggests it. Its main purpose is to ready your favorite video collection to the screen of iPod Classic and Touch devices. In that light, I decided to take a look at it, a $29 USD package from the well-known video software company.
- Easy to understand user interface;
- Many video import file formats supported;
- Affordable price.
- No direct way to add he converted video to the iPod device;
- No custom profiles for output.
While other tools are highly configurable but limited in the file types they support (like Videora) or bury file conversion features under layers of other features (like VLC Media Player), iFunia iPod Video Converter for Mac is straightforward and easy to use, but with a phenomenal range of supported filetypes. It accepts most popular video formats as input, including AVI, WMV, MKV, VOB, 3GP, RM, RMVB, and, of course, QuickTime video. It also does a bang-up job with Flash Video files and High Definition (AVCHD) video formats.
Working with the output formats is pretty easy as you can benefit from a set of predefined iPod profiles. Besides converting video to iPod-ready formats, you can also extract the audio from the video file to iPod MP3, M4V, AAC audio formats. And given that you can set ouput parameters for resolution, frame rate, bitrate (for both video and audio) as well as the audio sample rate. Here you can opt for a H.264 video codec or an Xvid MPEG-4. Both of them yield impressive results, but there is a difference, though: H.264 offers a slow conversion time and a high compression ratio (result is smaller in size) and Xvid MPEG-4 offers exactly the opposite: a fast conversion with a low compression ratio (resulting video will be larger in size).
And that ain’t all. You can edit movies down before conversion, crop into the picture to remove unwanted portions and even apply global effects. Video too dark? Not a problem; just turn up the brightness. In my evaluation, the editing process worked in real time, happily getting the instant comparison of original preview and output preview – unlike other iPod video converters with no comparison.
So, all in all, I'd say that iFunia's iPod Video Converter does a great job converting the videos to iPod format and offers you the extended capability to edit video in order to achieve the best result possible on iPod. The process does not take long to complete and any user is apt for the job. Make sure you visit the iFunia Web site to get the software. If you want to take it for a spin yourself, there's a free trial.