Remember VHS and camcorders? That combo started a revolution of home and business video capture, and era that pales by comparison to what you can do on an iPhone today. I came from the era of film, moved to videotape, make a living in the digital world. That means I’ve used every video editor and utility available for the Mac.
One of my favorites is relatively new; a Swiss Army Knife-like video utility that fully integrates with all Mac’s video and audio formats. It’s called VideoProc; a Mac utility that converts media has hardware acceleration built-in and comes with more functionality to act standalone for projects that need quick work.
One utility converts almost every file format I’ve ever run into, but it does more with basic video cuts, segment merges, crops, effects, subtitles, and more. Need a quick video for YouTube? VideoProc does the deed. Need to convert MKV video to MP4? Ditto.
Even Mac users experienced in video and audio production know the value of a utility that makes quick work of projects. VideoProc is simple to set up and use, and the interface is easily master; four basic options– Video, DVD, Downloader, and Recorder.
Record whatever is on your Mac screen and then save the file as a movie– upload to YouTube or Facebook, if you want, or share with others; Mac or Windows. Even drop the completed video cuts into iMovie for added features.
DVD? Use that function to rip DVD movies to your Mac. All you need to do is drag and drop, or select a sourced DVD connected to your Mac. Then you can convert the DVD video to a dozen different file formats. Nothing is better than VideoProc to rip a DVD movie collection and save the files to the Mac for backup.
Even if you’re a novice, the options are easy to use, quick to master, and if you have a recent Mac that does hardware acceleration, VideoProc speeds the processing up even more.
Controls are easy to master with little effort and settings are straightforward and uncomplicated– pure Mac-like.
Most of us involved in media production like our collection of tools. VideoProc comes with a built-in Toolbox for videos; Denoise, Merge, Trim, Split, Shake to cleanup a video clip. Add effects from Mirror and Flip to Fisheye, or Rotate, Export Subtitle, even create a GIF or Snapshot of a frame. All of these tools are faster and easier than importing into iMovie or Final Cut Pro.
Toolbox also comes with options to stabilize a shaky video, remove background audio noise, even add a watermark.
The name VideoProc might be misleading because there are powerful audio functions, too; especially file conversions. Go from MP3 to AAC, but also convert from or to PCM, OGG, Flac, and others that you can’t convert to in GarageBand.
Come for the low price tag, stay for the file conversions. VideoProc manages more than 420 different output formats using 370 input codecs. The world is full of so-called standards so you need a utility that can handle most of them.
Got a GoPro? iPhone or iPad? VideoProc can video or audio from any digital source, then convert either one or both so you can edit, add effects, and the process output without getting into a more expensive or more complicated Mac app.
Here is something perhaps not understood by most iPhone users. iPhone can capture 4K video. That means video from an iPhone is greater than broadcast quality, often used in movies and network TV, and 4K video on the Mac can handle all those slow-motion, time-lapse video clips, and then convert to a finished product with ease.
As mentioned, VideoProc also records video from the Mac’s screen. Whatever is on the screen gets recorded as an editable movie. Use all the built-in tools to create training videos on the fly.
Interface-wise, VideoProc is something of a hybrid between Mac and Windows, elegantly designed to be intuitive and usable immediately on download. I have used many media tools, but this is one you’re likely to keep.
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The price is affordable, you get a free trial, and while there is a subscription element, the purchase option is totally worth it.
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