SD/HD MPEG2 encoder

Use Pro MPEG2 SD/HD encoder for making DVD's, high quality SD/HD MPEG2 movies and HD DVD ready files ...

Output formats

Brief info on every output format within Video Ambush, how to use those and what is the best one for your device/project. Also, you can find out here how to install and use Pro Apple /ProRes, Intermediate Codec /AIC/, DVCPRO HD, HDV, XDCAM, Uncompressed 4:2:2/, Avid, Blackmagic design and AJA video formats ...

Default Apple QuickTime H.264 output

Suitable for everything regarding video on Mac OS X - Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV native format. With the 5000kbps bitrate preset, very good for general use, web uploading and backup of your home videos.

Under Conversion settings panel you have the option for auto-adding converted video to iTunes library and fetching the metadata from IMDB.com. Note that you need to, if you want to use metadata adding option, rename your input file to exact name of the movie like it is on IMDB - for example, for Star Wars movie use the exact name of the movie in question, not just Star Wars /"Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace"/.

Apple QuickTime H.264 output

High quality Apple QuickTime H.264 output suitable for HQ HD input source movies and camera recordings - Mac native format. Since it uses video data rate of the input file /if you dont set it under Conversion settings panel manually/ you will get highest quality H.264 output. Note that most HD video recordings /AVCHD files for example/ has very high video data rate so, without setting it manually, you will end up with the large file but at highest quality possible.

Under Conversion settings panel you have the option for auto-adding converted video to iTunes library and fetching the metadata from IMDB.com. Note that you need to, if you want to use metadata adding option, rename your input file to exact name of the movie like it is on IMDB - for example, for Star Wars movie use the exact name of the movie in question, not just Star Wars /"Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace"/.

Apple QuickTime MP4 output

High quality Apple QuickTime MP4 output suitable for HQ HD input source movies and camera recordings - Mac native format. Since it uses video data rate of the input file /if you dont set it under Conversion settings panel manually/ you will get highest quality MP4 output. Note that most HD video recordings /AVCHD files for example/ has very high video data rate so, without setting it manually, you will end up with the large file but at highest quality possible.

Pro QuickTime formats exporting

Convert your media to standard and pro QuickTime formats like Apple ProRes, Apple Intermediate Codec /AIC/, DVCPRO HD, HDV, XDCAM, Uncompressed 4:2:2, Avid, Blackmagic design and AJA formats.

Apple Pro QuickTime Components

Those Quick Time components are professional level codecs from Apple and package includes the following:

  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • Apple ProRes
  • AVC-Intra
  • DVCPRO HD
  • HDV
  • XDCAM HD / EX / HD422
  • MPEG IMX
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2

Download the ApplePro codecs here. You'll have to unpack the PKG file and install the codecs manually, because Apple doesn't want you to install them unless you have Final Cut Pro already installed. Use a utility like unpkg to extract the files, then copy them into /Library/QuickTime. You can download unpkg for free here. Upon installation of those components all of them will show up when you choose QuickTime output format.

For installation of the latest Apple ProRes 4444 XQ, you must have Final Cut Pro installed since that component is bundled with it. To make it available for Video Ambush exporting navigate to Final Cut Pro.app/Contents/PlugIns/Compressor/CompressorKit.bundle/Contents/PlugIns/ProMediaIO/Components/ and copy the AppleProResCodecEmbedded.component to /Library/QuickTime/.

Upon clicking the Start Conversion or Add to Queue button standard QuickTime export dialog will pop-up for you to set the desired export format.

Apple QuickTime iPhone, iPad and Apple TV High Quality HD 720p output

Mac and iDevices native format, preset for High Quality HD 720p /up to 1280 horizontal frame size/ H.264 video and AAC audio. Compatible with iPhone 4/4s/5/5c/5s/6/6+, iPod Touch 4/5, iPad 1/2/3/4, iPad mini, Apple TV 2/3. Use it for exporting to iDevices or syncing with iTunes.

Under Conversion settings panel you have the option for auto-adding converted video to iTunes library and fetching the metadata from IMDB.com. Note that you need to, if you want to use metadata adding option, rename your input file to exact name of the movie like it is on IMDB - for example, for Star Wars movie use the exact name of the movie in question, not just Star Wars /"Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace"/.

Apple QuickTime iPhone, iPad and Apple TV High Quality HD 1080p output

Mac and iDevices native format, preset for High Quality HD 1080p /up to 1920 horizontal frame size/ H.264 video and AAC audio. Compatible with iPhone 5/5c/5s,/6/6+, iPod Touch 5, iPad 2/3/4, iPad mini, Apple TV 3. Use it for exporting to iDevices or syncing with iTunes.

Under Conversion settings panel you have the option for auto-adding converted video to iTunes library and fetching the metadata from IMDB.com. Note that you need to, if you want to use metadata adding option, rename your input file to exact name of the movie like it is on IMDB - for example, for Star Wars movie use the exact name of the movie in question, not just Star Wars /"Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace"/.

Apple QuickTime H.264 output optimized for web videos

Use it for posting videos on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo etc. - High quality web video H.264 preset up to 720p.

DivX AVI output

High Quality DivX preset, suitable for sharing videos with your PC friends, playing on hardware players or storing videos as a backup. Find out more about DivX format here.

MKV /Matroska/ output

High Quality MKV preset, suitable for sharing videos with your PC friends, playing on hardware players or storing videos as a backup. Its been used most for DVD and Blu-Ray backuping. Find out more about Matroska format here.

MP4 output with x264 encoding engine

High Quality MP4 preset with H.264 video and AC3 audio with x264 engine conversion. Find out more about open source x264 library here.

DVD and HD DVD output

MPEG2 video with AC3 audio suitable for DVD authoring. DVD -Optimal Quality output, fast; DVD HQ - High Quality output, slower; HD DVD - output for HD DVD and Blu-Ray authoring. Use DVD or DVD HQ for DVD making. After conversion fire up DVD Authoring section /find it on Modules menu/ and author and burn your DVD with stylish built-in menus.

Audio track only exporting

You can use these audio output presets for selected audio track only exporting. High Quality AAC, AC3, MP3, MP4 and WAV 5.1 or stereo output.

Pro SD/HD MPEG2 encoder

Pro MPEG2 encoder for High Quality SD/HD MPEG2 video output with MP2 audio.

DVD PAL<> NTSC converter

Re-convert your DVD's from PAL<>NTSC /works in both ways/. Note that only Main Title will be re-converted and authored, menus and buttons simply cannot be recreated.

Video Ambush, unlike most of the other converters, uses original Apple, Avid, Black magic and other codecs built exclusevely for QuickTime to allow importing and keep the full compatibility with Mac OS standard - iMovie, iTunes, QuickTime - and Pro video applications like Final Cut Pro, iOS devices - iPhones, Apple TV and iPads, and to retain best possible video quality thanks to great QuickTime technology.

Conversion settings - Fine-tune your output

Every output format has its own Conversion settings /bottom left button on main Video Ambush screen/ panel and, depending on which output format you have selected, you have the option to tweak various things like encoding/conversion data rate, quality and frame size of the output and selecting the desired audio track and setting/loading the subtile.

For some output formats like Apple QuickTime H.264 and iDevices there is an auto iTunes adding and metadata fetching option for your convenience. Note that you need to, if you want to use metadata adding option, rename your input file to exact name of the movie like it is on IMDB - for example, for Star Wars movie use the exact name of the movie in question, not just Star Wars /"Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace"/.

Conversion Queue - Batch processing of multiple files

This option should be used for later, multiple files conversion or encoding. By adding the files to Queue, you are making a list of files which you will process later in a batch. So if you have more than one file to process this is the option for you ...

DVD Authoring

If you made MPEG2 files using Video Ambush application or you are sure that they are fully compliant with DVD specifications then navigate to Author DVD section /select it from Modules menu/ and drop MPEG2 movies /.mpg, .VOB/ onto the authoring table in proper order /drop first one as first, second as second etc/. During the dropping of your files you will be able to see the space used/left on DVD or DL DVD /dual-layer blank DVD media/ with the size checker.

When you add all titles, optionally select the desired DVD menu theme from the drop-down menu and enable the creation of DVD burnable disk image /.img/, then click Start button to start the authoring process.
Watch the progress of DVD authoring on progress stepper and at the end you should get authored DVD folder with AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders inside /or DVD burnable .img file if you set that option/. Please note that with DVD menu option you are able to add up to 12 titles. /Without DVD menu option you can add as many titles as you wish./

Now, before burning, mount the image and play it with DVD Player application or with Video Ambush built in player to check is everything ok. Does it play fine etc. If everything is fine then just burn it with Modules > Tools > Burn DVD image menu option.

DVD PAL <-> NTSC re-conversion

Use DVD PAL <> NTSC output option for re-converting DVD's from PAL <> NTSC /note that only Main Title will be re-converted and authored, menus and buttons simply cannot be recreated/. First, copy your non-protected DVD to hard disk and then load it into Video Ambush via + menu /top left corner of the main app window/. Set the desired Title and Chapter(s) for re-conversion during the loading of the VIDEO_TS folder or just set Full Title for the Main title conversion /movie itself/. Set the DVD PAL <> NTSC output from output format menu and optionally, set the desired encoding bitrate and burnable DVD image /.img/ creation under the Conversion Settings panel after you set the output format. If you dont set it, bitrate of input VIDEO_TS folder will be used /which is usually better/. Now, click Start conversion button and select the destination folder.

Required conversion parameters /aspect ratio, fps, bitrate, audio format etc./ will be set automatically for your convenience, based on input VIDEO_TS folder format.
At the end of the conversion you will get authored and ready to burn DVD image /if you checked that option/ which you can burn within Video Ambush /Modules > Tools > Burn DVD image menu option/. Before burning, mount the image and play it with DVD Player application or with Video Ambush built in player to check is everything ok.

Modules menu

Under Modules menu you can find Authoring DVD, Media player module, Audio converter and essential audio, video and MPEG tools which can help you to enrich your video/audio workflow. Every option is self-explanatory but read on for brief instructions how to use them. Note that every menu item has tooltip help when you hover your mouse over it.

Play media

Under Play media menu item you will find 3 selectable options for playing your media files - Movie, DVD and Blu-Ray. Usage is simple, just select the desired option, dialog will pop-up asking you for movie file, DVD VIDEO_TS folder or Blu-Ray folder and after 2 seconds playback will start. Then, if you click m on your keyboard, on-screen menu will be presented where you can set various playing properties like subtiles, audio track choosing, colours and contrast of the picture etc. Check the keyboard playback controls within Quick Help folder on Video Ambush disk image /.dmg/.

Navigating through menus is very simple, just use arrow keys and enter for selection. With esc button you are leaving the menu section and menu itself.

DVD and Blu-Ray playback

Make sure to use non-protected DVD and Blu-Ray disk you want to play and copy it to hard disk first. Please note that Video Ambush does not even attempt to decipher the latest DVD/Blu-Ray copy protection schemes. Many DVD/Blu-Ray's, especially recent, popular films, must be run through dedicated decrypting tools first. When Video Ambush has trouble reading a DVD VIDEO_TS folder or Blu-Ray root folder it is because of intentional authoring defects placed there by the company releasing the disk. The movie studios have started breaking the DVD/Blu-Ray standard in subtle ways to trip up ripping applications.

If you wish to play DVD, copy it to hard disk first. Then select the VIDEO_TS folder and playing will start. Same applies for Blu-Ray except you must select Blu-Ray root folder.

Convert audio

Here you can convert your audio file or audio track from your video file to various audio formats /MP2, MP3, MP4, AAC, AIFF and WAV/. Simply choose desired format, load your audio track or video file and thats it.

Tools
MKV > MP4 and AVCHD > MOV

Transcode MKV movie with H.264 video track to Quick Time MP4 without video re-conversion /it keeps the full video quality/ for later importing in latest iMovie, Final Cut Pro or playback with Quick Time X and latest iDevices /iPad, iPhone and Apple TV/. All is done via Quick Time engine to keep the full compatibility with Mac OSX standard and pro video apps and iDevices. H.264 video track will be extracted, selected audio track will be converted to AAC format and new Quick Time MP4 movie will be created for your convenience. It takes just a fracton of time of the full re-conversion and it requires Perian QuickTime component to be installed.

Same goes for AVCHD > MOV - Transcode .MTS, .m2t and .m2ts to QuickTime MOV without video re-conversion /it keeps the full video quality/ for later importing in latest iMovie, Final Cut Pro or playback with Quick Time X. This option does not requires Perian QuickTime component. /Note that this function is still in BETA stage and it might not work with some AVCHD files as expected/.

GoToMeeting WMV > MOV

Convert your GoToMeeting WMV recordings to Mac native MOV file for later playback, storing or importing into iTunes and syncing with iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. This option requires Perian QuickTime component to be installed.

Add video or audio track

With this option you can add extra video or audio track(s) to QuickTime compatible movies.

Extract audio track

Use this option if you wish to extract audio track from your video media and, optionally, to convert it to high quality AAC audio format. When you choose Extract audio menu item Open dialog will pop-up asking you for input video media and Save dialog asking you for destination folder. Video Ambush will examine input video media and if there is a more than one audio tracks within, you will be presented with audio track selector dialog. You can Set desired audio track to process or just click Main and main audio will be processed. After that new dialog will pop-up asking you about converting the selected audio track to high quality AAC format.

Add subtitles to MPEG

You have the option to add subtitles to MPEG2 multiplexed movie /.mpg or .VOB/ before DVD authoring in following formats: .sub, .srt, .ssa .smi, .rt , .txt, .aqt, .jss, .js and .ass.

First, encode your movie to MPEG2 format using the Video Ambush /DVD or SD MPEG2 output format/. When you select Add subtitles to MPEG menu item dialog will pop-up asking you to choose your subtitle file, then new dialog will open for you to choose your MPEG2 movie and finally set subtitle language panel will show up to set the loaded subtitle language. After a few moments /based on your Mac speed and input movie/ you should get new .mpg with the same name as your input file except the new one will have sub added at the end of the name.

Please note that you cannot see subtitle track during playback with QuickTime. That .mpg has to be authored as VIDEO_TS folder and played back in DVD player app or standalone player or with Play movie option within Video Ambush with subs turned ON /when movie starts hit m for menu and under Preferences > Subtitles turn subs ON. Exit on-screen menu with esc/. Subs which has been added are in new track within .mpg itself so regular movie players /QuickTime for example/ cannot read it.

Extract from DVD

Use this option to extract Title or desired Chapter(s) from DVD to original MPEG2 file /.mpg/.

Make DVD image and Burn DVD image

If you wish to make burnable DVD image out of your authored VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders use Make DVD image option. Later you can burn created .img onto blank DVD media with Burn DVD image option.

Check the DVD Authoring tutorial above.

Progress panels explained

There is a two types of progress panels, depending on selected output format. Here is the one during the conversion to MKV format where you can see various informations about conversion progress.

Here is the another one during the conversion to default Apple QuickTime H.264 format with frame preview ON.