ConvertXtoDVD 5 review

Sometimes you may want to burn video files that you have on your PC to DVD or another disc format to play them on a DVD player connected to the television or another device that supports only DVD but not the original video format.

There are a couple of programs out there, free and paid, that can convert videos to DVD, but many are difficult to work with or produce results that are far from optimal.

ConvertXtoDVD 5 has been designed for both novice and experienced users. Novice users for instance only need to add video files to the program to create a video DVD. All options, like DVD menus or the creation of chapters are handled automatically by the program. You may however want to modify a couple of default settings before you start the DVD creation process. The DVD title and video titles in the menu for instance may need editing if you do not want all of your DVDs to be named "My DVD" and the titles named after the file names.

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Editing basic information on the other hand is really simple. You just click on the title of the video that you want to edit the title of to edit it on the fly. Each change you make is directly reflected in the preview editor that is displayed in the same window.

Videos can be added to the program via drag and drop, or by using the built-in file manager to do so. ConvertXToDVD supports a wide variety of input formats including avi, mpeg4, mov, mkv or wmv among others.

As far as editing options go, they are quite extensive and leave little to be desired. All options are displayed underneath the program's preview area where they can be displayed with a single click of the mouse button. The following editing options are available:

  • Add audio streams to a video
  • Add subtitles to videos
  • Change the amount of chapters and when each chapter begins
  • Apply brightness and contrast changes to the video, or rotate it
  • Define the aspect ratio and video resize method (default letterbox). A click on advanced displays options to add padding or crop the video. All changes that you make here are automatically shown in the preview area.
  • Cut the video

You may also want to open the program settings on first run to configure additional options. Here you can configure encoding options and the number of maximum simultaneous conversions, the DVD burner you want to use, the TV format and DVD resolution, as well as general settings such as the program's working folder or default DVD menu template that you want used for your projects.

Some options are selected automatically by the program. It will for instance adjust the quality of the videos during conversion automatically based on the total playing time. Quality gets automatically reduced the more videos you add to the project. You may also receive suggestions to switch to a DVD-9 pr double-layer disc instead to keep the quality high.

Theoretically though you are free to create video DVDs with a very long playing time but you will notice that the quality deteriorates when you hit a certain limit.

The program converts multiple videos at once if you have added more than one video to the queue. It is definitely one of the fastest programs in terms of converting videos to burn them as video DVDs. It took for instance about 30 minutes to convert six video files of 300 Megabyte each that I did add to the program, plus a couple of additional minutes for the burning on DVD. The multi-tasking really speeds up the conversion of video files, and what may even be better is that there are no slow downs on the system when videos are converted.

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Verdict

ConvertXtoDVD is without doubt one of the best programs to create video DVDs on Windows. It is suitable for beginners and advanced users alike, ships with an impressive feature set that supports nearly every video format under the sun, converts videos in multiple threads to speed conversions up considerable, and creates some of the best resulting video DVDs (in terms of black borders and quality).

The preview editor is excellent as it provides you with a preview of how your video will look like when you burn it to DVD. All changes you make are displayed instantly in the preview area.

It is definitely on the pricey side of things at €39.99 but if you do have to create video DVDs regularly, you probably won't mind spending the money to use the program for that task. For all I know, it makes up for that in speed and functionality.

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Responses to ConvertXtoDVD 5 review

  1. Thomas December 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Well. I have not used any DVD creation program yet. Looks functional though.

  2. Adam Dempsey December 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    I'm currently using DVD Flick, but ConvertXtoDVD seems a hell of a lot more polished and offers much more options.

  3. Richard December 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    I have used various free offerings to do this job but have heard very good things about ConvertXtoDVD. I tried a demo of V4 and thought it was very good. Looking forward to trying V5 after I receive a license code ;-)

  4. Twan van Elk December 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    I have been using DVD Flick up until now, but this looks better and I am guessing it will perform better too.

  5. MIke Stevens December 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    I have never used Convertxtodvd but it looks like a great program. I have been using Nero but I am ready to try something new.

  6. Marty December 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I've limped along with an old version of Nero, plus DVDshrink and DVDfab5. Sure would be nice to use a current feature-rich tool like this instead.

  7. Radrick December 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    I have tried this program a couple of times and was very impressed. I actually have it on my wishlist. I hope I will be lucky.

  8. David December 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    I've used Nero and Nero Vision in the past, but the expense and bloatware that it's become has me looking at different options. I've heard great things about ConvertXtoDVD and look forward to giving it a try.

  9. Matias S. Aquino December 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I'm using a really old version of this same program. Can't wait to try this one and take advantage of the multiple core feature for extra speed! Would you let this fellow reader win just this one time, Martin? :)

  10. Miles December 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    I am converting some friend's old family tapes on VHS to DVD before Christmas. I have the dubbing done, getting ready to burn. Something like this sure would make it easier!

  11. Josh December 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Pick me! I'd love to use that to make some dvd's for my athletes.. Poor high school teacher/coach.

  12. Lasse S. Krache December 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    ... still have NO burning program and still have relatives with a dvd player but without a computer :-)

  13. Ryan Cash December 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Currently, I have no direct-to-dvd program, due to losing my install media for my last one, and not having the license code to get a new one.

  14. kenny December 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I've heard good things about this program and iv'e used DVDFlick.

  15. Greg December 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Nice review. I haven't actually heard of this program, but sounds like something I will be investigating. Currently I just windows movie maker, but that's only because I haven't found one that is not complicated to use. I do like some flexibility but am not experienced enough to mess with a lot of the settings.

    Thanks for the review.

  16. Rob December 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    I use Windows Movie Maker since it's free and it "just work"s, but need more capabilities. Your review makes me want something better!

  17. Mike December 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    excellent review,great giveaway..thanks GHACKS

  18. Grr December 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanks Martin for the giveaway. Please count me in.

    I have tried Nero and few freewares in the past, but couldn't get the job done.

    Thanks,
    Grr

  19. Johan Gustavsson December 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    I am currently using dvdflick for converting to DVD, but I'd like to try this software out!

  20. Johan Gustavsson December 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    I am currently using dvdflick for converting to DVD, but I'd like to try this software out! Thanks in advance for this giveaway!

  21. kool December 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    I usually use DVD Shrink but would like the chance to use this program.

  22. alive December 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I use Fremake Video Converter. It is simple to use, but often i have no guarantee of succes :(

  23. Jeff December 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Count me in Please

    I use dvdflick, dvdshrink, handbrake, vlc, super, projectX and Tsmuxer.

    Thanks!, Merry Christmas

  24. Sudip Kumar Das December 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Count me in please. Presently using Handbrake.

  25. Cool December 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    I am using DVD Shrink but this software look promising and would love to give it a chance to impress me. Thank and please count me in too!

  26. Daniel December 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Been using Nero for burning purpose all these while. Count me in too!
    Thank you.

  27. Jacky December 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    burning and view all my media collection on my player would be a great idea. i have not been using any particular software for this purpose but i am currently using ashampoo burning studio for my other burning activities.

    thank and count me in!

  28. DJ December 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks for the review and giveaway Martin. I have not come across ConvertXtoDVD before but it sounds exactly like the type of software that I need going forward, especially if, as you say, it is suitable for beginners. The ability to convert multiple videos at once sounds excellent.

  29. mishasin December 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    I am currently using Windows Movie Maker, DVDFlick and Handbrake. ConvertXtoDVD looks amazing; would like to give it a try.
    Best regards

  30. Namgyal December 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Thanks for this Giveaway, i really need these kind of software, you see although i used to run MagicDVDCopier and PavtubeDVDCreator that too had been given as a giveaway in someother site.Something lacks, like better resolution , and freeware i am too familiar with , they too give back the same results.

    But ConvertXtoDVD has been synonymous with DVD creation , and i never had these tool in my arsenal. I have a lot of files that needs conversion to DVD.

    Count me in. :)

    • BigB December 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      I've used this in the past but recently I have been using DVDFlick. CX2D is much quicker easier and easier to use.

  31. luca December 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    I have bought a few commercial softwares in recent months in order to convert video files on my PC so I can play them on a DVD player. I have not had great success. The results were, as you would say, 'far from optimal'. I am not familiar with Convertx5 and I would love to try it. If ConvertX is one of the best programs to create video DVDs on Windows then it's exactly what I'm looking for.
    Regards and Merry Christmas to all at Ghacks. Danke.

  32. Zeus December 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Nice giveaway!

    Right now I use Handbrake for Windows, but I always wanted to try this instead.

  33. sean December 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Please count me in. I have not used any DVD creation program yet. This looks like a great program. I installed Windows 8 on my computer today and would appreciate having a chance to try out this software. Thanks

  34. Will_N_kcmo_usa December 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Nero it is..... and the windows movie marker.
    Between the two software, I can make B-rated conversions.

    Thank You...
    ~Will in KCMO

  35. legalbox December 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    I used a DVD authoring program. But if I use the option of also want it to be over.

    Thanks For campaign.

  36. ODIO December 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    i will like this one..

  37. Scott December 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    I've been using Nero but this looks much simpler and straight forward.

  38. Brian A December 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    I use an old --version 2, I think -- version of ConvertXtoDVD. Looks like the v5 would be an update.

  39. patrick December 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I had previously heard about this software, but this review convinces me that this product is a keeper. It sounds extremely useful and user friendly. The price tag would definitely be worth it if it can create DVD discs with ease. Please include me in the giveaway!

  40. Daantje December 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    I would really like to have this program!

  41. ibhecks December 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    until now I have not dispose of any application for burning movies to DVD, this is the first time my chances if I win

  42. artoor December 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Unfortunately I don't have any of that sort of software, but I'd likie to win ConvertXtoDVD for I need sometimes convert an mkv file into DVD format, so please count me in :)

  43. Ippo December 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Please please please think of me in this giveaway.. :(

  44. Ronson December 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    I currently use windows movie maker occasionally for this purpose. This looks like a better program however

  45. Matrix December 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    I am using Nero for burning purpose all these while.
    Great giveaway, you are the best!

  46. Anthony December 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Currently I am using Ashampoo Burning Studios 2012.

  47. Cesar December 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    I use ConvertXtoDVD 4! I'd like to try this new version!

  48. rubi December 13, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    I have been using DVD Flick up until now, but this looks better and I am guessing it will perform better too.

  49. Sina December 13, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Currently using DVDFlick and HandBrake. Count me in

  50. Peter Rann December 13, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Been using ConvertXtoDVD 3 for a while now. I like it. Could use an upgrade.

  51. jelson December 13, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    Currently I use Wondershare DVD Creator. I had tried a trial of ConvertXtoDVD a number of years ago and really liked it. But since I wouldn't need to use it often, it's high pricetag is a bit much.

  52. Michael December 13, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    I've been using version 4 and always had a problem with subtitle positioning. Hopeful version 5 makes this easier to do. Other than that little rant, the best DVD creation program I've used, by far.

  53. Thomas December 13, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    I sure will give it a try if I win one

  54. greg December 13, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    I don't have a program to convert video to dvd. I would like to give this a try. Thanks.

  55. Jeffery Marizo December 13, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    I use Nero and Shrink to DVD. i notice the new ConvertXtoDVD has a larger preview screen which I consider a benifit for my old eyes. Please count me in on this great software. Thanks

  56. Aravind PS December 13, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    I use DVD Flick and would like to try Convertxtodvd.

  57. Zeus December 13, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    Oops, I made a mistake in my last comment. I actually use Freemake Video Converter, not Handbrake.

    I'm mostly happy with FVC, but there have been a few times the sound wind up desynchronized. One of the reasons I wouldn't mind winning a copy of ConvertXtoDVD. :D

  58. Ismael December 13, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    Good to know the new version; I've always used Convertxtodvd,

  59. Shea Bunge December 13, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    I don't really use a DVD-creating program at the moment, but a feature-rich program such as this would sure come in handy in the future …

  60. Bolden December 13, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    I use ConvertXtoDVD 3 currently, it is great, but I have to use it on my XP machine, would love an update to 5 to use on W7.

  61. anilkr December 13, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    I am using CD burner XP and look forward for the ConvertXtoDVD.

    thanks

  62. Kevin R December 13, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I must use about 10 different programs to do this job... it gets VERY confusing. I would LOVE to have a copy of this program! Thanks !!!

  63. Roderick Wells December 13, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    I actually don't have a dvd burner program. When in-turn is becoming a hassle. Since im the only tech person in my family, its always "Roderick, bring your laptop down so we can watch one of those new movies" and because i don't know how to burn a DVD right with these free programs, i always trug along to indulge my family. If I win, i can finally just send them a DVD disc so I can get back to working on my websites.

  64. talshl December 13, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Look very good,
    I will very appreciate if I got one.
    Thanks

  65. IT_Andy December 13, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I'd like to get a license - I tried Formatfactory and siniliar progs - none satisfied me totally

    Greetings

    Andy

  66. alphasurfer December 13, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    dvdflick for me also :). Gets the job done, but heard convertxtodvd is way better!

  67. poohkt December 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    I am currently using DVDFlick. Thanks a lot for the great review of Convertxtodvd and giveaway. Please count me in.

  68. Radman December 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I've been using ConvertX for years.
    Would love a chance to win the newest version.

  69. ekadim December 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I use Ashampoo Burning Studio 2012 for video burning. I was using ConvertXtoDVD when it was freeware and named vsoDivxtoDVD. I would really appreciate having a license of this unique software.

  70. Indenim December 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I have tried many different DVD programs, but I always comes back to ConvertXtoDVD - it does such a great job on file conversion and handles most formats. It allows me to give friends DVD compilations of files I've downloaded when they don't have another form of media player.

  71. Mountainking December 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Im in bro. This one I need. Thanks

  72. Havilson December 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Hi, I currently use DVDFab and DVDStyler (open source). Thanks for this great giveaway!

    Please count me in!

  73. Rocky December 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Please count me in for a copy. This is the best DVD copy software I have ever used. I have not been able to find an adequate replacement over the years. I have tried many different products but none have compared to the quality and speed of ConverXtoDVD. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!!

  74. Aisha December 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I have tried WinXDVD Author but could really use a top of the line software like ConvertXtoDVD. Count me in.

  75. John Matt December 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    one among the best video to DVD suite. Thanks for the giveaway. Count me in.

    Currently using DVDflick for video to DVD.

    Thanks

  76. BadLuckLuke December 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Currently using Nero for burning purposes but i really want THIS one!!!

  77. Bishnu December 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    i used Winx DVD converter but if i get chance i want to use it also and as per your post it looks very software....just consider if you can.............thanks

  78. bob December 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    This REALLY sounds good, Martin. Count me in.
    bob

  79. Mike December 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Nice review. Actually found out the other day that you can rent this application as well. Not sure if it makes sense but havent seen such an option before

  80. Jeff Metzner December 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I've used a much older version of ConvertXtoDVD, but I'd love to have the current version. Thanks!

  81. Yappe December 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    I lack a program like this and if winning one copy would be very useful to me.

  82. Namgyal December 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    How do we know who has won, their are no mention of names nor the expiry of the offer.
    I am waiting here to see the results.

  83. Frank Daley December 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    I would love to add sound tracks to my pictures and record to dvd for display on my big screen TV.
    Thanks for this giveaway and the great review.

  84. Npchoubey December 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Please count me in as i want to use this very interesting looking software very fondly and very early.

  85. Ravi P December 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    I would love to have this program! I use many different free versions like DVDFlick and Movie Maker, so this will maybe be a solution. Hope to win! Thank You!

  86. vhick December 14, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    I only use Windows DVD Maker, seems powerful software.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  87. sakiskom December 14, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    I have never use ConvertX To DVD. I hope to win a license... to use it all the time!
    Thanks!

  88. Tblogger December 14, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    oooooooH! This Seems to be Very Good According To your Review, Well I am not using Any of These Type Software , In The Past Year I used a software of this Kind but that was Worst Program, that's why i have not used Any Program like this Since then , Hope I can Win This One License .

    Thanks for your Great Effort For Organizing This Giveaway.

    https://www.facebook.com/Trickscollector/posts/382789691811045

  89. Karl Vanderploeg December 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Excellent article about ConvertXtoDVD 5 review [giveaway]. I currently have been using DVD Flick. I have tried so many different programs, that I can't count them all. This one sounds very promising. I hope I get a chance to try it.

    Thanks for the opportunity

  90. RizSid December 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Wow. Count me. I am presently using DVDStyler.

  91. Rahul December 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I am using Aiseesoft DVD Creator v5.1.16. Would switch to ConvertXtoDVD in a snap if I win a license here.

  92. Alan Brinck December 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    DVD Shrink but I think this looks better!

  93. Craig Geer December 15, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    Never tried it but it looks good,

  94. Frank December 15, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    count me in for this best app for video to DVD....
    used opensource like DVDflick, styler...

  95. Santas Helper December 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I'd really like a license of this program, currently using DVDFlick.

  96. Peaceful December 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Great software, thanks for the chance to win.
    I use whatever I can find for free at the moment. None I've found are very good though.

  97. David December 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I currently use ConvertXtoDVD 4. Would love a free upgrade for Xmas.

  98. Blake LeBlanc December 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I recently started using DVD Flick after my 1-yr subscription to Vuze Plus expired. I'm finding DVD Flick a little confusing at times but the price is right - free. I'd love to try ConvertXtoDVD to see if it's a better experience than DVD Flick. Thanks

  99. joseph December 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Yes, i've read good things about this program.
    As for what program that I use it's Freemake Video Converter, it's quite good for converter videos , however the dvd conversion is so-so . . . would love to win this giveaway.

  100. Jason December 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Been using CX2DVD for a while since i switched from DVD Shrink. Its easily my go to DVD conversion application of choice. Would love to try out v5 :)