Oh, iTunes. How I love thee. And hate thee. If there’s a Mac app with a love hate relationship for Mac users, it’s iTunes. The main problem is that iTunes started life as an elegant little music library and playlist player.
Then it became a store. Then it added TV shows, movies, and apps. Including the kitchen sink, iTunes has everything you could think of, except ease-of-use. How do you get non-iTunes Store TV shows and movies into iTunes on your Mac?
Either use Apple’s cumbersome step-by-step process to import files, or simply find an app that does drag and drop and everything else.
Drag, Drop, Smile (no swearing allowed)
iVI is the Mac app that bills itself as the iVideo Importer for iTunes or iMovie. Drag and drop and the video conversions needed to make files compatible with iTunes or iMovie are handled automatically.
If you capture TV shows online, or use bit torrent to capture movies online, and you want them dropped into iTunes (or iMovie), iVI makes it simple.
The drag and drop is right up front and in your face. Giant Drop Video Here graces iVI’s app.
Basically, that’s all you do. Drag and drop the video.
iVI will do the video file conversion as needed. But if you’re into granular fine tuning beyond drag and drop, iVI doesn’t disappoint.
Genereally, iVI can figure out the type of file you’re dropping into iTunes; a TV show, movie, even video clips.
Click and iVI will not only create a video for importation into iTunes or iMovie (or most other Mac apps) but it also creates SD and HD versions so you can drop the videos into Apple TV, iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Instead of having to enter details about each TV show, movie, or video clip, iVI can grab much of that information direct from the Internet.
What about Preferences? Nine different screens of options will fill your mind with confusion, so walk through each carefully.
Initially, Preferences is easy. Select which devices you own and iVI does the rest. But if you really want granular control over every aspect of what iVI does after the drag and drop, click on.
Choose where you want movies to go when converted. Determine what video quality you prefer.
Even assign rules for drag and drop options to occur without intervention. iVI even brings DVD movies into iTunes so they can be converted to playback on your other iDevices.
It converts audio formats, too, including Surround Sound 5.1. Got subtitles? iVI handles those, too.
The app can watch a folder on your Mac and convert and import new files you drop into the folder.
This app may be the easiest, most convenient, least expensive way to manage video file conversions. What’s not to like?
First, the preferences are daunting and will take time and trial and error to manage. But once they’re set up to your satisfaction, it’s all drag and drop easy.