This application can convert video between multiple formats. However, it specializes in FLV as output format. FLV is commonly used on the Web because it supports streaming video and a relatively high compression ratio. The tool’s interface is intuitive enough for even novices, but having previous experience with this type of application will surely help a lot.
This converter can process multiple files of practically every popular format in a single work session. It has a built-in player to help you watch both the original and the resulting contents. Moreover, while previewing, you can also extract some video frames in picture format. Regrettably, contrary to the generalized trend of providing some editing functions, this tool does not support any of such features as trimming, cropping, watermarking or adding effects.
Although the application’s name suggests its specialization, unlike other converters with similar names, this one actually supports a more extensive range of output formats comprising 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPEG, MP4, RM, SWF and WMV. Unfortunately, it does not provide lots of output profiles to choose from, and you need to configure the output parameters manually; however, expert users can create new profiles according to their exact needs. The main advantage of this converter is that it lets you convert the source files to different formats.
On the whole, Xilisoft FLV Conventer can do its job accurately and fast, mostly if your computer has such modern GPUs as Nvidia CUDA or AMD APP. As seen above, its main limitation is the lack of authoring features.