Convert video files directly in OS X


3rd party software for converting video is no longer needed if you have upgraded to Lion. There are some limitations to this but if you only have the need to convert a video then this should work just fine. Under the settings drop down you can select from 480p, 720p, 1080, Audio only or Apple Pro Res. And it can also be set to Encode for Greater Compatibility or Higher Quality. It will even allow you to choose the destination of the file once it’s completed. It might be best to leave the destination file in the same location as the source file and do not set it to delete the file after processing. Just in case you’re not happy with the encoding once its done.

Unfortunately There is not progress bar to let you know when its done but, you can use the Activity monitor to give you an idea when its finished, just look for the avconvert process in the CPU area. You can also use iStat pro or iStat nano widgets for the same purpose when using the CPU function. It will show you that the processors are working while its converting. Again it not give you a reading of how much has completed or how much encoding is left but it will let you know that it is still encoding. Once its done the process will not be running any longer. Another positive feature of encoding this way is that it does not seem to be as large of a strain on the processors when encoding like this.

So here’s what you need to do:

1. Open Finder and right-click on the video.

2. then select “Services”, then “Encode selected video Files”

A window will come up and you can then select your encoding options

I would suggest leaving the “delete source files after processing” box UNCHECKED and leave Same as source file box CHECKED

3. Then click Continue and wait for OS X to encode your file.

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