VideoboxPro Tutorial

TESTIMONIALS

I had excellent technical service experience with the crew at Tasty Apps. In this modern age, it can very hard to get quality service, especially on a technical level. These guys really knew their stuff and were so detailed in their advice, that it actually restored my troubled Mac Pro back to peak performance. Very, very impressed. Tasty Apps sets a standard of service that the whole country can and should follow as an example. — Sean Davey, http://seandavey.com


(...) diligent, tenacious and relentless product support (...) — Danny McCall, http://www.talentsphere.com


A ground-breaking & revolutionary array of software for Mac, Tasty-Apps' products and further tech support is so reliable - I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone. — Ryan


I've been using TastyApps' products (Videobox, Musicbox, Web Snapper, and FlagIt!) since 2009. I'm a huge fan of their products, and have also become a huge fan of their Technical Support. As a Macintosh Consultant and Software Instructor, this is not a phrase I often have the opportunity to say, and in the case of TastyApps, I'm more than pleased to be able to say it. (...) I can't say enough good things about TastyApps' Support Services. I heartily recommend their software, their company, and their Tech Support. — Stephanie Gans, http://www.aym4training.com


I didn’t use my copy of VideoBox much UNTIL I discovered that it can convert Elgato EyeTV MPEG2 files (QuickTime Pro cannot). If ever Easy VHS to DVD crashes while converting a recording (It records in MPEG2 format) – the ONLY App I have that CAN convert the leftover MPEG2 files to QuickTime MOV is VideoBox. So, Instead of paying Apple $20 for a Quick time MPEG2 Converting Plugin: I recommend you Buy VideoBox for $15 to do the Exact same Job! — Carl McCall, http://softwaresanta.com/


(...) the renew license was very easy to use and in minutes my VideoBox was working. In a time where support for most companies really sucks—I appreciate your quick and thorough turnaround to my issue—thanks for the support. — Scott Medina, http://www.isminc.com

POSTED ON
June 20, 2017

AUTHOR
Tom

CATEGORY
VideoboxPro
Featured Apps
Bundled Apps
Tutorials

OVERVIEW

VideoboxPro allows you to quickly and easily download Flash video from most of the popular video sites on the Internet; and it comes with a Password Manager for source sites that require a logon. VideoboxPro can convert videos into the Quicktime format so they are ready to view on your Mac, ipod, iphone or in iTunes. VideoboxPro can also convert files to other popular video file formats – mpeg, mov, 3g2, mp4, wmv, flv, avi & webm.

VideoboxPro can capture just the audio from videos and save it in popular audio file formats - mp3, m4a, wav, or ogg and you can choose to automatically import your downloaded video and audio files to iTunes

VideoboxPro installs with preset default settings in the "Beginner" Level that allows new users to start using VideoboxPro immediately with good results. VideoboxPro users can step up through four user Levels - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert - each providing additional video formatting options.

INSTALL

Installation is easy. After downloading VideoboxPro just click on the videboxpro.dmg file in your downloads folder to launch the VideoboxPro installer. Then, on the VideoboxPro Installation screen, drag the VideoboxPro icon on the left and drop it onto the Applications folder icon on the right of the Installation screen and you are done.

On some systems you might need to click on the VideoboxPro virtual disk the dmg file will put on your Desktop to launch the VideoboxPro installer. When done you can right click the VideoboxPro virtual disk icon on your desktop and select “Eject” or just drag it to your Trash Bin to eject it.

SETUP

No initial Setup required to start using VideoboxPro in the "Beginner" user Level. To change user Levels see the "Setting Your Default Preferences" section below.


INTERFACE



The blue “Drop URLs/files here..." zone is used for manual Drag N Drop capture when not using the Insta-Link buttons or the VideoboxPro Bookmarklet. It is also used for converting videos you already have. More details about Drag N Drop and converting existing videos below.

OPERATION

Captures are easy with VideoboxPro. Safari or Chrome users can use the appropriate Insta-Link button at the top left of the blue Drop Zone to capture the current video in the active tab of the browser.

With other browsers you can use the VideoboxPro Bookmarklet (the Bookmarklet works in all browsers) available from the Bookmarklets page on the TastyApps website -www.tastyapps.com/bookmarklets.html . With the Bookmarklet installed, and a video URL in your browser address box, just click on the VideoboxPro Bookmarklet on the browser Bookmarks bar to launch VideoboxPro and add the video to the queue. If VideoboxPro is already opened, clicking the Bookmarklet will just add the video to the queue.

With either method the target video in your browser address box will be added to the VideoboxPro Downloads queue. While the selected video is being processed for downloading you can continue to add videos to the queue. No need to wait until processing is finished. You can cancel the videos being processed for downloading using the "Cancel" button in the Drop Zone. During the downloading phase you can cancel the download using the "X" button.

In the Interface example above three videos have been added to the downloads queue. You can process all the videos in the download queue with a single click of the “Batch” buttons at the bottom of the Screen. “Convert All” will download and convert all the videos in the queue to the Output format you have selected in VideoboxPro Preferences. “Clear Completed” will remove processed videos from the queue, and “Clear All” will remove all videos from the queue.

Sometimes the “one size fits all” approach might not be best. By default, VideoboxPro will download videos with a resolution up to 720p. But you might not want the default resolution on a particular video, or you might want to use a different output format on a particular video. And for YouTube videos in Full HD 1080p, you must set the “Output for:" option to "Mac Viewing (Full HD if possible)" or, in High Sierra, "Mac Viewing (High Sierra, Full HD if possible)". For Youtube 4k videos you must set the "Output for:" option to "Mac Viewing (Ultra HD if possible)"

And, since the conversion process can be a lengthy procedure, if file type conversion is not necessary, you might want to use the “Download only (no conversion)” option on individual files.

VideoboxPro makes it easy to handle these situations. You can process the videos in the downloads queue individually using the mini-buttons just to the right of each video. The first button with the down arrow is for Downloading, the second button with the “X” will remove the video from the queue. When you use the individual download mini-button you will get a one-time Preference screen where you can set all the video conversion options and the destination, for that individual video download/conversion.



NOTE: To have full control of individual Download/Conversion options make sure the "Start downloading automatically with default settings" option in the Preferences General tab is NOT enabled to get the one-time Preferences screen to set your Download Preferences for that individual video. If that option is enabled, clicking the individual Download button will automatically download and convert the video using your default Preference settings.

Notice the information below each video in the example queue above. Along with the source and name, available quality info is displayed. The first video is available in 480p,720p, 1080p,1440p, and 2160p. Some source sites provide different information (e.g. the video bitrate or the audio quality). You can use that information to decide if you want to process the videos individually with special output settings.

Processing



In the example above, the first video has been processed individually and a "Search" button is now available that will show you where the processed file can be located on your Mac

You could now use the "X" button to remove the video from the queue and process the remaining videos using the "Process All" batch button that will use your normal default settings. Or you can process more videos in the queue individually.

Setting Your Default Preferences

To set up or change your default Preferences for VideoboxPro, launch VideoboxPro and open the VideoboxPro menu by clicking on “VideoboxPro” in your Mac toolbar. Select “Preferences…” from the VideoboxPro dropdown menu.




There are two Tabs available in this initial VideoboxPro Preference screen, “General” and “Conversion”. The "General" tab will be active and it is where you can set your default download location, just click the “Change…” button and select a new location.

You can set the “Maximum Number of Concurrent Downloads:” and "Maximum Number of Concurrent Conversions:" (used when doing ‘batch’ Download/Conversions of all the files in your Downloads queue) to limit CPU usage.

The "Start downloading automatically with default settings" is not enabled by default. This will allow you to set one-time settings for individual downloads. Note: If you enable this option, you won't be able to set options "on the fly" for individual videos, and your default settings will be used to automatically download and convert the selected video.

You can Automatically Remove Clip from Queue Once Converted and you can have the captured video or audio files automatically Import into iTunes

The “Revert All Settings To Factory Defaults” button is a master reset button for both the General tab settings and the Conversion tab settings. All settings on both tabss will be reset.


Conversion Tab: Initial (Beginner) Screen



The Conversion screen in the Beginner Level provides just 3 settings.

The "Output for:" setting is used to choose preset format settings for different viewing devices. There are many to choose from. And please note, by default, all High Sierra settings use the H265 codec.

The "Download Mode:" setting allows you to download the complete video and audio, just the video, or just the audio.

The initial settings for each "Output for:" choice have been optimized for most users and should give satisfactory results for your intended use. You cannot change the settings at the "Beginner" Level.

As you move up User Levels using the "Settings Level:" , you will see more available options and you will able to change the initial settings. Any changes you make will remain in effect until you change them or you can go back to the original factory settings anytime by using the “Revert to Factory Defaults” button on the “General” screen.

Conversion Tab: Intermediate Screen



The Intermediate Level adds the capability to change the factory default "Convert to:" output format to one of the following: mp4, mov, mpeg, avi, flv, wmv, 3g2, webm or Download only (no conversion).

Conversion Tab: Advanced Screen



The Advanced Level, intended for experienced users, adds the ability to adjust the size (Height and Width) of the video and offers advanced audio settings.



The presets provide the optimal video resolution for most platforms, but if you wish to change the resolution be aware that increasing the size above the actual size of the target video will degrade the quality. The "Size (px)" option in the Video section of the Advanced screen allows you to change the size, however if proportions are not matched there will be distortion. You can check the “Keep aspect ratio” option and VideoboxPro will auto-detect the video size and maintain the correct proportion.

If the "Use as maximum resolution" is checked, a target video larger than the "Size (px)" setting will be downsized. If the target video has a smaller resolution than the "Size (px)" setting, the original size will be maintained.

If the "Use as maximum resolution is not checked, target videos with smaller resolutions than the "Size (px)" setting will be upscaled and those with larger resolutions will be downsized to the "Size (px)" setting.

The "Use downloaded file settings" for the "Size(px)" will keep the target video's size setting, maintaing size, and proportion. The "Use downloaded file settings" for the "Codec" will keep the target video's codec.



The Audio section of the Advanced screen allows you to choose the audio codec, and whether you want Mono or Stereo output. As with the video settings, you can choose "Use downloaded file settings" to maintain the files audio settings.

Conversion Tab: Expert Screen



The Expert Level adds Video and Audio Codec control and is intended for the professional user. Incompatible and/or conflicting settings can cause video and audio distortion and conversion falures.






Password Manager

Some video source sites require a logon and password to view videos. VideoboxPro includes a Password Manager that can help with that. You can access the Password Manager through the VideoboxPro menu. Pick a site from the Site box and then add your "Login:" and "Password" for that site.

Note: If you Login to a YouTube/Google site you may get an email "Security Alert" about "...a new Linux device" logged onto your account. This is normal. You can follow the link in the email to confirm it was a legitmate logon and that should stop future alert emails when you logon through VideoboxPro.

Manual Drag N Drop

If you are using FireFox and haven't installed the VideoboxPro Bookmarklet in your browser you can use the manual Drag N Drop method. With a video URL in your browser address box, just click and drag the little ‘favicon’ just to the left of the URL in your browser address box and drop it onto the blue Drop Zone on the VideoboxPro interface screen. If VideoboxPro is not open you can drop the ‘favicon’ onto the VideoboxPro icon on your Dock to open VideoboxPro and add the video to the queue.

Converting Existing Videos

VideoboxPro is not just for capturing videos from the Internet. If you have existing video files and want to convert them to different formats or sizes VideoboxPro can do that for you. Just drag and drop your video file onto the blue Drop Zone and the video will be added to the queue for processing, just like a downloaded video. If VideoboxPro is not open just drop the file onto the VideoboxPro icon on your Dock to open VideoboxPro and the file will be added to the queue. All the same controls apply, you can ‘batch’ convert the files using the “Convert All” button or you can process the files individually using the mini-buttons.