MP4Tools for Mac aims to provide users with a number of capable tools for easy video editing and processing. Even though the menu seems rather difficult to interpret, the program proves to be a good application for processing video files.
At almost 49MB, this download takes a bit longer to complete. While the program is available with all of its functions for free, eliminating a pop-up dialog box and unlocking batch processing requires a $5.99 payment. After starting up quickly, MP4Tools for Mac's main menu is basic and lacks any graphics or user aids. A bar along the top allows for selection of video files via a finder window. The program appears to allow for dragging and dropping of videos into a large window. However, when we tried to drag and drop one of our files, the program notified us that this option is not available until the application is registered. The remaining options, which are extensive, are rather difficult to figure out. Holding the cursor over buttons does not bring up any additional information. Even though Show Tool Tips was enabled by default in the Preferences, there was no apparent contextual help available for key operations. Users do have the ability to modify most aspects of the video conversion, including frame rate, subtitles, and audio options. Sub-menus also allow for editing tracks and files, which are useful features. During conversion, the program takes as long as other similar programs, and the output is good.
Even though some users may find it slightly difficult to use due to its confusing interface, MP4Tools for Mac does include all of the features one would expect from a video conversion application.
MP4tools is an offshoot of the current version of MKVtools. It is a Mac OS X application used for the creation and editing of MP4 videos. It was primarily designed for processing videos files for use in hardware capable of playing MP4 or M4V videos, such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and PS3. As the name might imply, MP4tools is a graphical interface for a variety of tools useful for processing video files.
What's new in this version:
- Code converted to ARC
- Fixed a variety of bugs in the presets panel
- Fixed a bug that sometimes mislabeled filenames in the queue drawer
- Fixed a bug that could cause strange behavior in finder when writing to the log file
- Fixed a bug that prevented some subtitles from being sent to SUBtools