VideoDrive supports several tools to convert your videos. By default, the QuickTime framework is used. However, QuickTime is not the fastest kid on the block. Therefore, you can also choose to convert videos with HandBrake or Elgato Turbo.264 (HD). You can choose the tool on the Conversions tab of the preferences panel. Click the ‘+’ button to install other tools and click the refresh button to update the list if installed tools are missing.
HandBrake is an open-source tool offering fast and reliable conversions. You can install this tool by clicking VideoDrive in the menu bar and selecting “Install Supported Tools”. Go to the HandBrake tab and click "Install". An administrator password is required to download and install the required components.
Manual installation: if automatic installation fails, you can easily download HandBrake from the HandBrake website. Make sure to download the HandBrakeCLI (Command Line Interface) version for Mac. You need to move the downloaded file to the /usr/bin folder (this system folder is hidden by default on OS X). You can test if installation has been succesful by opening Terminal and typing HandBrakeCL followed by clicking ENTER. If the error 'command not found' is displayed, installation was not successful. Otherwise, you're good to go. In VideoDrive, click the Refresh button on the Conversions tab of Preferences to scan for HandBrake.
Note for Pro users: You can pass optional parameters to HandBrake in the import tab of VideoDrive Preferences. The guide of all HandBrake parameters can be used as reference. If you wish to overwrite the default output parameter, you need to include the --e or --encode parameter. Also, you are not allowed to alter the file extension.
Logging: In case something goes wrong, a detailed activity log of the latest HandBrake conversion can be consulted in the file ‘VideoDrive_HandBrake.log’ in the Console of Mac OS X. The Console is located in the Applications/Utilities folder.
Subtitles: If you have an SRT subtitle file together with the same name as the video file name (i.e. MovieA.avi and MovieA.srt) in the same folder, subtitles will be automatically included in the converted file. You can specify the subtitle language on the Subtitles tab in the main window.
Elgato Turbo.264 (HD)
Elgato offers several hardware and sofware solutions for faster video conversions. If you have any of the supported solutions installed on your machine, you can use it instead of relying on QuickTime. For any support regarding the conversions itself, we redirect you to the Elgato Support site. When converting, the Elgato software will launch and convert your videos. After conversions are finished, VideoDrive will continue with the import process.
Supported software versions:
- Elgato Turbo.264
- Elgato Turbo.264 HD
- Elgato Turbo.264 HD Demo
- Elgato Turbo.264 Video Converter
Make sure the Elgato software is present in the Applications or Applications/Utilities folder of your Mac OS.
Note for Pro users: you can overwrite which export setting to use by filling out the name of the preferred export setting in the in the ‘Conversion Parameters’ box on the Con tab of Preferences. The following export settings are available:
- iPod High
- iPod Standard
- Sony PSP
- custom: this can be any name of a preset you have created in the Elgato Turbo software.
Note on failed conversions: Some errors produced by the Elgato software might not be properly reported back to VideoDrive. In that case you will receive a 9000 error indicating no valid file was produced by the conversion tool and the import process will fail.
QuickTime 7 (Pro)
QuickTime 7 can be used to convert a wide variety of videos, but you might need to install additional QuickTime-codecs. Before using this option, make sure the video(s) you are about to import in iTunes, can be played with QuickTime 7. If your videos do not play correctly in QuickTime 7, you must first install additional codecs.
Upon conversion, your videos will briefly open in QuickTime 7, after which you will see a progress bar. Conversions can take a long time. If you wish to edit the videos first, you can enable the option ‘Allow video editing by pausing during import’ on the Conversions tab the preferences panel. If you have Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, QuickTime 7 might not be installed by default. If you cannot locate QuickTime 7 in the Applications or Applications/Utilities folder, it is not present. You can install it for free from the Apple website.
Notes for Pro users: QuickTime 7 Pro is supported as well. If you have registered the Pro version, you are able to edit and trim your videos using the Pro version.
QuickTime X (not recommended)
QuickTime X has been introduced in Mac OS X 10.6 and offers the same conversion results as QuickTime 7. However, it offers less robust support for some older and exotic video formats, and can be slower. We advice against using QuickTime X. Upon conversion, your videos will briefly open in QuickTime X, after which you will see a progress bar. Conversions can take a long time or fail repeatedly if the format is not properly supported by QucikTime X. QuickTime X is only available on Mac OS X10.6 and is installed by default. If your videos do not play correctly in QuickTime X, you must first install additional codecs.