iMedia Converter for Mac Review

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Yes, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac converts video, and it does so quickly and capably to a multitude of formats. But it also rips DVDs and Blu-rays and even edits and processes video with special effects. It’s more a video toolbox than a simple video converter.

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac handled every test video file I possess – including some rarer types such as Real Media and Ogg Theora. (With every other video converter I’ve tried, I’ve had to insert a “nearly” or some other qualifier in that statement.)

The program provides handy conversion templates for a host of specific handheld devices, such as iPhones, iPads,Android phones, and even my HTC HD7, which runs Windows Phone 7 – a mobile operating system that other packages often ignore. As with other programs of this ilk, you simply select the target playback device, and Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac generates the appropriately sized output. It also supports outputting video optimized for social sites such as Facebook and YouTube, but the program doesn’t facilitate uploading the video for you.

Editing in Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is surprisingly simple. It offers a basic trim editor, but it also provides a post-processor that allows you to add effects such as grayscale, negative, or an old-film look. If you wish, you can perform freehand crops, rotate, watermark the video, and add subtitling. Everything I edited and converted in iMedia Converter for Mac worked perfectly: I encountered no missing key frames, redraw issues, or crashes. The program uses AMD, Nvidia, or Intel GPU acceleration if it’s present.

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac will rip your DRM videos to nonprotected versions, but this feature works only if you have the original tokens for the video involved. It works via Windows Media Player’s DRM support.

Alas, in my tests Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac took a misstep in the most unlikely of places – with the long-established technology of DVD. Wondershare understandably doesn’t play it up, but the program rips protected DVDs and Blu-rays.

Our Verdict

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is a powerful if slightly pricey video converter and light video editor, and it performs its core tasks very well.