VideoDrive for Mac

VideoDrive for Mac


Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
5.0
out of 4 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.8.0.2
File Size:
9.77MB
Date Added:
May 20, 2014
Price:
Free to try; €14.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
7,178
Downloads Last Week:
11
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Not all video-capable devices support every format, which sometimes makes conversion a real pain. VideoDrive for Mac allows you to easily manage all your videos via iTunes and play them on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV in just a few steps, making it easy and fast to take your videos with you anywhere.

At first launch, after a spooky warning, VideoDrive for Mac will propose to install both Perian and Handbrake to be able to function properly. The installation process is smooth. Thanks to Handbrake, the conversion is fast and will make use of every available core on your machine. You may also choose to select QuickTime or Elgato Turbo.264 for encoding. You can encode a single video or queue a bunch of videos to process them automatically in a row. The program is mostly bug-free, even though the automatic artwork finding, which is supposed to search for covers on IMDb, didn't work for us. When it comes to features, we were a bit disappointed to see that there is only a single default setting for each device, so you can't tweak the bit rate, codec, or any other detailed setting. Not really optimal to reduce the file size for mobile devices. Another disappointment is that we couldn't find a way to export the same video for different devices in a single operation. The trial version is limited to exporting 20 non-watermarked movies, which is sufficient to try every aspect of the program.

With a simple workflow and multiple devices supported, this software is suitable for people who own multiple Apple devices but who are not familiar with video conversion. If you are used to more options, perhaps you won't find VideoDrive for Mac too interesting.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of VideoDrive for Mac 2.7.02.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great way to fill your iPad or iPhone with videos"

    January 03, 2012   |   By hagar2010

    Version: VideoDrive 2.5.01

    Pros

    I use it daily to add new movies and TV shows to iTunes. VideoDrive automatically takes care of it by scanning my download folder and adding the videos to iTunes. Artwork and metadata is included as well. You can add videos with or without converting which is huge advantage. The latest version includes support for HandBrake, which results in very fast conversion times.

    Cons

    Sometimes a video is misidentified. You can simply fix this by typing the right name and year, but then you have to search again. Mac version only.

    Summary

    Very much recommended for people who want to put a lot of videos on their iPad, iPhone or AppleTV.

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  • 5 stars

    "I use VideoDrive every day"

    December 09, 2008   |   By hagar2010

    Version: VideoDrive 1.6.8

    Pros

    I can't imagine managing my video collection without this tool anymore. I get all my videos in AVI or DIVX and this tool puts it all in iTunes without reconverting. It searches for metadata and cover art too. Very fast tool with lot's of features.

    Cons

    I like almost everything about the tool. Conversion of videos is a bit slow but that's not why I use it. Just putting al my videos in iTunes without reconversion is an amazing time saver. There is only a Mac version.

    Summary

    I can recommend this tool very much. It's very appealing to put all your videos in iTunes with cover art and metadata. From iTunes putting it on your AppleTV or iPod is straightforward. I mainly use it to watch my videos in Front Row. A nice addition is that subtitles (SRT files) work in Front Row too! Finally, there is also great tool support via email. You get an answer straight away.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great Product"

    June 17, 2008   |   By xain092

    Version: VideoDrive 1.6.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Excellent tool if you use your Mac as a media center. Any movie file will be added to iTunes so you can organize them correctly. Very recommended :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice piece of software !"

    April 25, 2008   |   By thomasmeyer1970

    Version: VideoDrive 1.4.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Works really fine and the developer are responding very fast !!

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