Using Smart Converter Pro

Quick Start

  1. Select the files that you want to convert. You can either drag them onto the window, click the Select Files button, or choose File > Open (Command + O).
  2. Select your desired output format using the row of icons along the bottom of the window (Apple TV, iPad, etc.). The More option lets you chose from many other formats.
  3. Click Convert. Smart Converter Pro will begin converting the top file in your queue and work its way through the batch.
  4. The clever spinning icons on the right tell you exactly what's happening.

What the Clever Spinning Icons Mean

TIP: Some of these icons only appear when you mouse over another icon - try it, you'll see.

pending icon Pending Conversion — locked and loaded, raring to go.
remove icon Remove File — not happy, seen it already, get rid of it.
progress icon Converting — it's all happening, hold your breath.
interrupt icon Stop Converting — it's all happening, but you want it to stop.
sending icon Sending — we've done our bit, now we're sending it to iTunes.
finished icon Success — yay, the magic has happened!
show file icon Show File — let's you view the converted file in Finder (boring).
error icon Error — Uh-oh, something bad's happened. We hope you never see this. Click to report the error.

Managing Movie and TV Show Information, Tracks and Subtitles (Mac Only)

Displaying Information

  1. Move your cursor over the poster image and the Information icon appears.
  2. Click the icon to reveal the movie or TV show details, video and audio tracks, subtitle files and advanced conversion options.
  3. Click the poster image again to go back.

Use the Information, Tracks, Subtitles and Advanced buttons to display all the options

Information

The Information section displays all the movie or TV show information that Smart Converter Pro has automatically generated based on your source file's name. You can change the poster image and manually edit the program title, episode title and season/episode number.

If the information is incorrect, click Find Info to search for alternative information.

Tracks

The Tracks section displays the source file's video and audio tracks. You can deselect tracks that you don't require in your converted file. For example, some movies contain multiple language tracks that you may not require.

Deselecting unnecessary tracks will make your conversion faster and result in a smaller converted file size.

Subtitles

The Subtitles section displays your source file's internal subtitles (if it has any). You can deselect subtitles that you don't require in your converted file.

This section also allows you to drag in any external subtitle files that you may have for the movie or TV show, and search for subtitle files by language.

Advanced

The Advanced section gives you the option to force the resolution of your converted file, and to force Smart Converter Pro to convert all streams (video and audio) in the source file, regardless of whether conversion is required for the chosen output format. This will result in the slowest conversion speed.

Folder Monitoring (Mac Only)

The Folder Monitoring menu option enables you to set up one or more monitored folders. Any files that you put in a monitored folder are automatically converted using the conversion option that you chose when set up the folder. So, when you set up a folder you choose:

  • a monitored folder - Smart Converter Pro 'watches' this folder for new movie files to convert;
  • a destination folder - your converted files are created in this folder;
  • a conversion type - the conversion type applied to this monitored folder; and,
  • a threshold value - the minimum duration of any movie that will be converted. Movies shorter than this (like ads and sample movies) are ignored.

    TIP: Don't load files into the monitored folders while they are downloading. Set your downloader to copy the file to the monitored folder once its finished downloading.

    Customisable Conversion Buttons (Mac Only)

    Using the Smart Converter Pro preferences, you can customise the six conversion type buttons to suit your needs. Simply open Preferences, click on the Conversions tab and click on the button you want to customise. Select your required conversion type from the menu.

    Set Your Output File Destination

    Click Set Destination to choose where you'd like Smart Converter Pro to save your converted media files.

    Managing Files in Your Queue

    Once you added files to the queue you can re-arrange the conversion order of files before you start converting.

    1. Click on a file in the queue to select it.
    2. To move the file up or down in the queue, either:
      • on your keyboard, hold down Option and use the Up and Down arrow keys to move the file; or,
      • right click the file and select Move Up or Move Down.

    In addition to re-ordering files, you can use the right click menu to reveal the source file in Finder, and remove the file from the queue.

    Why Smart Converter is So Smart

    Movie files contain video and audio information (called streams—but the name's not important).

    When you drop a media file on it and choose a conversion type, Smart Converter immediately analyses your file and works out exactly what part of it needs to be converted to achieve the desired output.

    In many cases neither the video nor the audio need converting. In some cases just one or the other need converting, and in a few cases both will need converting.

    Doing this analysis ensures Smart Converter only converts stuff that needs converting, and leaves the rest alone. This has a two-fold advantage over many other converters; its usually very fast and maintains the highest possible quality of video and audio.

    Here's a list of the four conversion speeds that you might see and what they mean:

    • Fastest - Neither the video nor the audio need converting. This will be super fast and retains full video and audio quality.
    • Fast - Only the audio needs converting. This will still be pretty fast and the video will retain full quality.
    • Slow - Only the video needs converting. Not so fast but the audio will retain full quality.
    • Slowest - Both video and audio need converting. This can take some time, especially for a full length movie.

    About Quality and Conversions

    Whenever a movie file's video or audio has to be converted there will always be some very slight loss of quality, but in most cases the change is hardly perceptible.

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