Quick and dirty guide to OSX video file conversion

For a long while I had been using MPEGStreamclip / Adobe Media Encoder to handle all my video file transcoding requirements.  One of those is a big, clunky piece of code (Adobe) which even though it gave me good results never seemed quite stable enough whilst the other, well I just simply never got on with it’s UI (and I know I never actually gave it the time it needed to get to know it better).

So, with that in mind I put a call out on Facebook for a small, free OSX file converter. With the plea online, it didn’t take much time for a good friend (Bridd) to suggest I take a look at a small, freeware piece of software named QTAmateur.

Weighing in at a massive 77kb (yes, you’ve read that correctly), QTAmateur is a lightweight graphical interface to the guts of Quicktime and (for me at the least) specifically it’s conversion facilities.

With this in mind, I’ve decided to put together this small collection of screenshots to show just how easy a piece of software it really is, and how quickly it can handle anything > DXV conversion (insert your own codec of choice here).  OSX 10.8.x (Mountain Lion) has been used in this example, an updated version will be online showing the minimal differences under OSX 10.9.x (Mavericks) shortly.

Step 1 : Grab and install the software.
A simple first step, simply head over here to view the glorious details regarding QTAmateur and save the resulting QTAmateur.app.zip file somewhere safe.  Unzip it, and drag the resulting app into your “Applications” folder. Easy.

Step 2 : Run the little beauty.


From here it’s a simple case of heading to the [File] menu and selecting [Batch Export].


Drag and drop the files you want to convert directly into the window and select the video container you want to use (in this case it’s going to be a Quicktime Movie) from the drop down.


 Click on [Settings] and we can now select the output resolution, add any Quicktime effects and also set the output resolution of all clips.






You can also specify the audio codec you want to use as well in the [Audio] settings section.  Once you’ve set everything as you need it for your batch export it’s a simple case of hitting the (oddly enough) [Export] button where you will see the familiar OSX finder window.

One note, there is no method for creating a new folder from this dialog box.  Simply create your folder and navigate to it as you see fit and hit [Export].


And away it goes.