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Fully automate VideoDrive

You can easily set up VideoDrive to automatically import any video on your Mac. This is convenient if you copy or download videos on a regular basis, or if you do not have easy access to your Mac. This can for instance be the case if your Mac functions as a multimedia server, without a monitor.

 

Step 1: Creating a Hot Folder

Determine in which folder your video files arrive. Any video arriving in this folder will be queued and imported by VideoDrive. For this to work, turn the folder in a Hot Folder. Simply go to the “Queue” tab of VideoDrive preferences and click “Create Hot Folders” and point to that folder. Make sure that the option “Launch VideoDrive when a new file is queued” is turned on. Disabling this option would queue the videos without ever launching VideoDrive if it is not running (thus not automating the process).

   

Step 2: Setting up the Import Queue

As soon as a video file is added to the Hot Folder it will be added to the import queue. This is indicated on bottom of the main screen of VideoDrive and by the red badge on the VideoDrive dock icon. By default, the videos will remain there until you click ‘Import Videos’. In this scenario however, we want to automate this step. Again, go to the “Queue” tab of VideoDrive preferences and enable the option to "Process queued videos automatically". Specify the hours where VideoDrive is allowed to process videos.

 Finally, make sure to check “Do not review metadata for queued videos”. This will ensure the confirmation window with online metadata results never pops up. 

Also, you may want to check "Prevent system sleep" to avoid that macOS goes to sleep before it gets the chance to process your videos. Note that will increase power consumption of your Mac.

 VideoDrive is now set to automatically import all your new video files in iTunes.

 

Step 3: Track your new iTunes videos

If new videos arrive frequently, you might have a hard time finding them back in iTunes if you have a huge library. Playlists are a great way to solve this. VideoDrive can automatically add your videos to a dedicated playlist. You can find this feature on the “iTunes” tab on the main window. Additionally, you can create “Smart playlists” in iTunes that automatically update with new movies or TV Show episodes. Simply create a variation of the default “Recently Added” smart playlist in iTunes. 

 If you’re not sure which metadata was assigned to your imported videos after VideoDrive quits, check the VideoDrive Console window or the VideoDrive.log file (by opening the MacOSX utility Console in the Applications/Utilities subfolder).

 If you want to automatically sync your new videos to your iPhone or iPad immediately after they're added to iTunes, continue with this article.

 

You’re done!

That’s it! Your VideoDrive is now fully configured to work without any intervention. Keep in mind that:

  • It can take a while for the import queue to update if VideoDrive is busy.
  • If VideoDrive quits or your machine reboots, it is not necessary to launch VideoDrive. The first time a new videos is added to the Hot Folder, VideoDrive will be launched again.
  • Any errors are logged in the VideoDrive.log in the OS X Console, located in the Applications/Utilities subfolder.

 

 

 

3 Comments

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    andy

    If you fully want to automate, the I also suggest people get a copy of TVShows and Transmission. The three apps go well together.

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    Frédéric Guariento

    Hi,

    Regarding the point : 

    Step 2: Setting up the Import Queue

    As soon as a video file is added to the Hot Folder it will be added to the import queue. This is indicated on bottom of the main screen of VideoDrive and by the red badge on the VideoDrive dock icon. By default, the videos will remain there until you click ‘Import Videos’. In this scenario however, we want to automate this step. Again, go to the “Queue” tab of VideoDrive preferences and enable the option to "Process queued videos automatically". Specify the hours where VideoDrive is allowed to process videos.

    Are hours based on US ? Because I live in Europe (Belgium) and it seems that video drive is working fine only in the afternoon... I have set between 10 a.m. and 22 p.m.

    Can you confirm?

    Thanks

     

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    Bart

    The hours should work based on your local time and timezone of macOS.

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